Williams Lake Fire: 3,000 acres burned, Red Cross shelter opened

Fire threatens 100 structures. Wednesday's fire destroyed two buildings and a fire truck.Wednesday afternoon, a wildfire erupted near Williams Lake in Cheney.

Two structures were demolished, a fire engine was wrecked, and approximately 40 homes were evacuated.

Fire started at 2:34 p.m. Wednesday. Heavy winds spread the fire quickly when firefighters arrived. The fire is 0-10% contained, according to Spokane County District 3 Fire Chief Cody Rohrbach.

39 homes were evacuated Wednesday night. Threatened are 100 homes and 400 structures. Two structures are total losses, according to Rohrbach. All firefighters aboard a fire engine escaped unharmed.

The Washington DNR sent two tankers to help fight the fire. Spokane, Whitman, and Lincoln counties also helped, according to Fire District 3. Wednesday around 5 p.m., state fire aid was mobilised.

In response to the Williams Lake Fire, the Red Cross will open a shelter at Cheney High School. Open at 10 p.m. Red Cross says the facility will provide food, cots, and other necessities. 

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