Wildfire Burning East of Vancouver, Washington, Doubles in Size; Evacuations Ordered

The Nakia Creek Fire, which started on Sunday, October 9th, is expanding east of Vancouver, Washington. The complex doubled in size on Sunday, October 16th, which prompted authorities to order evacuations as the blaze sent up a plume of white smoke visible throughout the metropolitan area that Vancouver shares with Portland, Oregon.

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (WSDNR) reports that the blaze in east Clark County was burning in rough terrain of brush and timber and had charred about 400 acres by Sunday afternoon. Residents of approximately 1,000 homes were under evacuation orders, according to the WSDNR.

WSDNR says about 100 crew members fighting the blaze have been able to secure a perimeter containing 20% of the fire burning in the Larch Block of the Yacolt Burn State Forest.

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