Level 1 evacuation notices issued for areas near the Lower Coyote Creek Fire

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Level 1 evacuation notices were issued this morning for residents near the Lower Coyote Creek Fire in Okanogan County.

The fire about four miles west of Nespelem had burned an estimated 4,500 acres by Tuesday morning.

The fire alert notices went out for the area between Redthunder-Cutoff Road, Mill Creek Road, to Harrison Ranch Road. A

fter the fire broke out Sunday, Level 3 evacuation notices were sent to houses along Columbia River Road but those have since been lowered to Level 1.

The incident management team on the fire said a red-flag warning today for between 2 and 10 p.m. in the area helped prompt the evacuation notices.