A wildfire fueled by gusty winds and low humidity northeast of Camas, Wash., grew rapidly on Sunday, prompting authorities to issue thousands of evacuation orders. The fire sent a plume of white smoke visible throughout the Portland/Vancouver metro area.
Dubbed the Nakia Creek Fire, the blaze in eastern Clark County was burning over rugged terrain of brush and woods and had charred about 2,000 acres as of Sunday evening, said Ryan Rodruck, spokesman for the Department of natural resources of Washington State.
Residents of approximately 2,900 homes were under Level 3 “Go Now” Evacuation Orders. Another 30,000 residents were under Level 1 and 2 evacuation orders.
The Clark Emergency Services Agency has expanded evacuation zones in the rural outskirts of the towns of Camas and Washougal, The Colombian reports.
“Please understand that this is a very dynamic situation and if you are near this area you should take precautions to evacuate,” the emergency services agency said. said in a press release.
The Washougal and Mt. Pleasant neighborhoods closed on Mondaysso those affected by the Nakia Creek Fire can prioritize their safety and prepare to evacuate.
The state issued a call-up order allowing any firefighting agency to send resources to the blaze, Rodruck said.
Crews had secured part of the fire burning in the larch block of Yacolt Burn State Forest.
On Sunday, the National Weather Service had issued a red flag warning for wind and low humidity in the region, including the Cascades in southern Washington.
A shelter for evacuees was opened in a church in Camas.
About 100 people, supported by water-dropping helicopters, were fighting the fire, which started on October 9.