Rock Island fire is out after efforts by numerous firefighting agencies


The fire that whipped through the hills near Rock Island Monday evening has been extinguished, Douglas County Sheriff Kevin Morris said this morning.

As a result, all evacuation notices have been lifted. Several neighborhoods in and around Rock Island were on Level 1 notice much of the evening and early morning.

Level 1 is the lowest such notice, meaning be prepared.

The brush fire started just after 6 p.m. and crews from numerous fire agencies in Wenatchee and Cashmere assisted Douglas County crews.

Morris said the only structure known to be destroyed was a barn. There were 40 chickens killed inside the barn.

In addition, the barn owner on Webb Place also lost a pop-up tent and a vehicle.

The cause of the fire, which started near South Wells Street and Eighth Street Southeast, remains under investigation, Morris said.

Early reports indicated it was believed to have begun when the remnants of an orchard burn were reignited by heavy winds.

Some fire crews were dispatched to protect homes Monday evening while other firefighters attacked the blaze.

Late Monday, the fire was reported to have burned about 15 acres.