Colockum Fire tops 1,000 acres overnight

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The Colockum Fire as viewed July 25 via remote SkyFi camera.

MALAGA — The fast-moving Colockum Fire grew to an estimated 1,300 acres by nightfall after erupting Friday afternoon. Fire managers said containment Saturday morning was at roughly 15 percent.

Level 3 evacuation orders remained in place this morning for 60-plus homes in the areas of Kingsbury Road, Colockum Road and Jumpoff Road. Level 2 notices were in place for homes along Tarpiscan Road. Fire managers said reports of structures dmaaged were unconfirmed.

The strong winds and dry conditions that drove the fire Friday led to a statewide resource mobilization, with a Type 2 incident management team assuming command of the scene this morning. Retardant drops carried out Friday using two aircraft were likely to continue today.

Red Cross shelter services became available for evacuees Friday evening, but due to COVID-19 pandemic precautions, emergency managers said residents must call ahead to make arrangements. The local Red Cross can be reached at 670-5331.

The Southeast Washington Interagency Incident Management Team estimated there would be 282 personnel involved in firefighting today, distributed among seven crews using 40 ground vehicles.

The Colockum Fire broke out about 2:14 p.m. and grew quckly in dry grass and brush. Kingsbury Road and COlockum Road remain closed for fire crew activity.