Fire Burns 34 Square Miles on Washington Reservation

August 13, 2008

Firefighters continue to battle a wildfire on Eastern Washington’s Colville Indian Reservation where more than 34 square miles of grass and sagebrush have burned.

Fire spokeswoman Cindy Bork says more than 700 firefighters, supported by aircraft, are fighting the Columbia River Road Fire. The fire, about 12 miles southeast of Omak, has scorched 21,914 acres and is 40 percent contained.

About 20 homes and 40 outbuildings are in the vicinity of the fire, but no evacuations have been ordered Monday.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

The forecast calls for temperatures to rise from the 70s into the 100s.

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