December 2, 2023

Washington’s Creek Fire swells to 2,000 acres

On Sunday, October 17th, 2022, the Nakia Creek was caught on fire which grew rapidly to 2,000 acres in size causing authorities to order 2,900 homes to evacuate. The fire threatened tens of thousands of Clark County residents. The blaze was reordered, and it was 156 acres on October 12th, but it expanded.

The wind-fueled wildfire was 5% contained on Sunday night, the public safety agency announced that the fire is burning on ‘extremely steep’ ground.

“Firefighters are preparing direct control lines along the flanks of the fire.” Clark Regional Emergency Serivces Agency wrote. “Fire behavior has been smoldering and creeping with some torching observed and short-range spotting. The potential for fire growth remains and containment lines are being put in place.”

“Please understand that this is a very dynamic situation and if you are anywhere near this area, you should take precautions to evacuate.”

Nearly 3,000 homes were under the Level 3 “go now” order, 5,017 are under the Level 2 “be set” order, and 28,765 homes are under Level 1 “notice and urged to “be ready””.

Officers have said that 2,000-acre have been a rough estimate due to the amount of smoke and it makes it difficult to measure the wildfire.

The County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that the officers are updating the fire area map overnight and new information won’t be available until Monday Morning.

There has been a video of smoke starts to appear and two women and men in a light-colored Subaru, investigates will be speaking to those people soon.

“We’re not sure what they were doing; we’re calling it pyrotechnic at this time. We don’t know if it’s a firework or a firearm.”

Since Sunday the blaze spread quickly which again caused evacuations. The weather improved which allowed firefighters to reduce the threat to homes that were close.

On Wednesday, the fire was the number one priority in the county.

“We’re not out of the woods yet.” Dave Larson said. “Fire officials are feeling confident with rain expected Friday.”