ADAMS COUNTY, Wash. — A wildfire three miles south of Lind on Thursday destroyed approximately four homes and several other structures. One firefighter was sent to a hospital in Spokane in eastern Washington due to smoke inhalation but has since returned home.
The fire started at approximately 11:45 a.m. on Thursday and burned 2,000 acres, according to the Washington State Fire Marshal.
The Adams County Sheriff's Office reports that fire crews have contained the flames. Firefighters will remain in Lind overnight to ensure the blaze remains controlled.
Lind, a town with less than 600 residents, was under an evacuation notice Thursday. Sheriff's deputies went door-to-door to alert people in the city about the evacuation. It is unknown exactly how many people left their homes.
Flames threatened residential houses, crops and infrastructure. Initial reports indicated the fire destroyed 14 buildings (six houses and eight other structures) in total, but after surveying the damage, crews estimate the fire has destroyed 12 buildings (four homes and eight structures).
Washington State Patrol (WSP) Chief John Batiste authorized the mobilization of state firefighting resources at 1:15 p.m. on Wednesday at the request of Fire Chief Kevin Starring, Adams County Fire District 2. Two airplanes and one helicopter assisted with containment.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
This is a developing news story and we will provide more updates as they become available.
Photos: Wildfire burning near Lind, Wash.
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