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Silverlake fire west of Spokane now 20 percent contained

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MEDICAL LAKE, Wash. -

UPDATE: 12:30 pm: 

Officials say the Silver Lake Fire west of Spokane is now 20 percent contained and about 100 acres in size. 

Level 2 evacuation notices remain in place for Granite Lake South Road to Salnave Road in Cheney. Crews have a line around the fire and will continue to strengthen it throughout the day and into the nighttime hours. 

Officials say the biggest challenges Tuesday will be wind, heat and bees. 

The cause is still under investigation. 


Firefighters say one outbuilding has burned in the Silverlake fire near Medical Lake Monday night. There are no other reports of structures lost.

About 40 firefighters remained on scene overnight, and more than 100 firefighters were expected to respond to the scene Tuesday morning.

Firefighters say they are fighting three distinct fires within the Silverlake fire. In total, it's burning 100 acres. 

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

UPDATE 7:30 p.m.: Emergency crews say all evacuations for the Silverlake fire have been downgraded to level 2 as of Monday evening.

UPDATE 7 p.m.: Washington State Patrol reports that all lanes of Interstate 90 have reopened. Lanes were closed Monday afternoon while emergency crews responded to a wildfire in the area.

The Silverlake fire was 100 acres at last report. The Department of Natural Resources reports the fire is 10 percent contained Monday evening.

State fire mobilization was also approved for the fire Monday night. That means firefighters from across the state will be responding to the fire in the coming days.

UPDATE 5 p.m.: Guy Gifford with the Department of Natural Resources says the Silverlake fire is now 10 percent contained as of 5 p.m. Monday evening.

Gifford says firefighters are still working hard to strengthen fire lines and suppress the fire with air support. 

Fire crews are expected to remain on scene throughout the night and work to increase containment percentage. 

UPDATE 4:55 p.m.: Washington State Patrol reports one eastbound lane of Interstate 90 near milepost 264 is now open as firefighters continue to fight the Silverlake fire Monday evening.

Please continue to use caution and watch for emergency vehicles if you're driving through the area.

UPDATE 3:55 p.m.: Washington State Department of Natural Resources says the Silver Lake fire burning near Medical Lake is immediately threatening 100 structures Monday afternoon.

Guy Gifford with DNR tells KHQ that 11 different agencies are responding to the fire, which was 100 acres in size at last report. More than 100 firefighters are responding to the fire, as well as three aircraft and three bulldozers, used to dig fire line. 

There is no word yet on whether any homes have been lost as a result of the fire.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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