LIND, Wash. – After destroying 14 structures Thursday, the Adams County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) said the Lind Fire is now fully contained.
ACSO said the firefighter who was airlifted to Spokane is now home with his family and is recovering.
Local crews wash up and monitor hot spots.
Last updated: 5 August at 10.30 am
In a statewide briefing, Washington Department of Natural Resource (DNR) officials said the Lind fire is not yet contained but that it is “looking really good.”
The DNR said firefighting progress is moving in the right direction and they are optimistic there will be no more damage to structures.
Last updated: 5 August at 8.30
All evacuations have now been lifted for the Lind fire after 14 structures, including six homes and eight other structures, were lost to a fast-moving wildfire. Officials say the fire is now contained and under control, but crews will work through the night to make sure it doesn’t reignite.
State fire aid was put in place to support local firefighters working to contain it. Ground and air support responded to the fire.
The fire started in the south side of the city and began to approach home. Adams County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) and Washington State Patrol (WSP) crews are assisting with evacuation.
Highway 395 was closed in both directions as well as SR 21, but has since reopened.
Update on the wildfire burning south of Lind: We have reopened US 395 in the area, but our crews are on standby if the fire warrants a closure. State Route 21 is also open, but be aware that there are some areas of low visibility.
— WSDOT East (@WSDOT_East) 4 August 2022
The Red Cross helped displaced people at Ritzville Elementary School.
#UPDATE: Just arrived at Ritzville Grade School, the evacuation site for those in Lind, which had a population of about 600 people. Shelter is approx. 20 minutes north of the front lines of the fire south of Lind.@KHQLocalNews pic.twitter.com/g7ANp5boke
— Guy Tannenbaum (@guytannenbaum) 4 August 2022
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
This is a news story and will be updated as more information becomes available. Check back for updates.