December 9, 2022

Thousands of people have been forced to evacuate as wildfires rage out of control in Washington state

A forest fire Burned out of control Thousands fled heat-fueled fires near the Washington-Oregon border on Monday Unusual conditions in the Pacific Northwest.

The Nakia Creek Fire, which burned near Vancouver, Washington on Oct. 9, broke containment lines Sunday and has burned about 1,565 acres. Officials said.

Firefighters estimated about 2,000 acres had burned Sunday night. But by Monday morning, officials said they had a better aerial view of the wildfire and revised the assessment downward.

“It’s a very dynamic situation and those numbers could change,” said A Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency (CRESA) report. “Yesterday the smoke was very heavy and even a firefighting plane was grounded.”

By Sunday night, residents of more than 2,900 homes were affected by A “Go to level 3 now” notificationAccording to CRESA, they are being asked to evacuate.

Another 5,017 homes are under “Level 2B Set” notices, urging residents to be prepared to evacuate, officials said.

The Nakia Creek Fire is burning in Washington state.Washington State DNR wildfires

Sunday’s high in Vancouver was 86 degrees, a stark contrast to the typical mid-October day when the mercury rarely climbs above 60. A low of 68 degrees is expected on Monday.

Firefighters hope to make progress on Monday as long as those low temperatures keep people — and their drones — clear.

“If you don’t have to be there, stay out of the area,” the Clark County Sheriff’s Office said. said in a statement. “Weather is improving and will allow for more aerial firefighting opportunities, but not drones.”

The flames forcefully approach Shawn and Laurie Conway They quickly rounded up their 50 goats and sheep, but had to abandon other possessions.

“It’s just stuff,” Lori Conway told NBC News Monday, about 20 miles from their home. “We took the animals out, captured pictures and key documents and house plans and had to rebuild it.”

Lori Conway said she and her husband had to make tough choices on Sunday.

“Things don’t always go as planned,” says Conway, 57.

Although this is the first time Stephanie Faith Warren And his family had to evacuate, wildfires are no stranger to the region, so they prepared for an event like Sunday’s.

They had to move eight goats, two small pigs, three dogs, two small donkeys, an African tortoise, a desert burro and a donkey.

“We’ve had fires very close (in the past), so this feeling is not strange to me,” Warren, 35, said Monday in La Center, about 30 miles from his home.

“I’m a mom, I’m a farmer, and you have to have a stance when you do these things. If you’re stressed, the animals sense it, the kids know it.”

Kathryn Prosive And Reema Abdelkader Contributed.