CAMAS, Wash. (AP) — A wildfire fed by gusty winds and low humidity east of Vancouver, Washington, has doubled in size. That prompted authorities to order evacuations Sunday.
The Nakia Creek Fire in eastern Clark County sent up a plume of white smoke visible throughout the metropolitan area that Vancouver shares with Portland.
The wildfire was burning in rugged terrain of brush and timber and had charred an estimated 2,000 acres by Sunday afternoon.
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources says evacuation orders are posted affecting an estimated 1,000 homes.
The National Weather Service had posted a red flag warning for wind and low humidity in the region.
Cedar Creek Fire update
The 125,638-acre Cedar Creek Fire in Oregon is now 45% contained, fire managers said Monday.
“A shift in fire weather is expected to moderate burning conditions today. The upper-level ridge will shift inland today in response to a couple of in-coming weather disturbances. This will result in cooler temperatures with higher relative humidity,” fire managers said in their Monday morning update.
Below is a map of the fire’s progression from when it started on Aug. 1 through the end of September. You’ll note the significant increase September 10 and 11.
Central Oregon Daily News contributed to this report.