This wild fire is proving difficult to fight and it continues to spread, fire spokesman Rex Reed said at a news conference late this morning.
“We have zero percent containment… this fire could go in any direction,” Reed said.
With high temperatures, high winds and steep terrain, firefighters have a tough day ahead of them.
Meteorologist Jeremy Wolf with the National Weather Service in Spokane said that the heat and wind won’t be letting up for fire crews today.
There will be highs in the mid-80s with northwest winds up to 25-mph through tonight, he said.
Some 600 firefighters are expected to be on scene today.
No injuries have been reported, Reed said.
This morning, Gov. Chris Gregoire released a statement saying that she’s monitoring the fire closely.
“The destruction overnight is a stark reminder of how quickly and unexpectedly wildfire can move. The Department of Natural Resources and other agencies have engaged quickly and are working in tough conditions to evacuate families and make containment a top priority,” the statement said.