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Fire Still Growing on Colville Reservation

The fire burning on the Colville Reservation continues to grow. The Devil's Elbow Fire Complex is now over 19,000 acres. About 700 firefighters battled the blaze over the weekend. 32 people have been evacuated, and about 150 homes are threatened. One abandoned house has been destroyed.

Fire spokesperson Kathy Moses says the big fear now is that a major storm system with dry lightning expected to come in Tuesday may produce even more fires.

Moses: “We are anticipating the weather to be coming in tomorrow, and we have put some crews on standby for intial attack, and that means if some other fires start they would be sent to those fires.”

The Devils Elbow Complex is only 4 percent contained.

Steve was part of the Spokane Public Radio family for many years before he came on air in 1999. His wife, Laurie, produced Radio Ethiopia in the late 1980s through the '90s, and Steve used to “lurk in the shadowy world” of Weekend SPR. Steve has done various on air shifts at the station, including nearly 15 years as the local Morning Edition host. Currently, he is the voice of local weather and news during All Things Considerd, writing, editing, producing and/or delivering newscasts and features for both KPBX and KSFC. Aside from SPR, Steve ,who lives in the country, enjoys gardening, chickens, playing and listening to music, astronomy, photography, sports cars and camping.
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