Publication Date August 22, 2016

Wildfires in Spokane region grow, destroy more than a dozen homes

United States
A charred truck is seen near the home of Julie Thayer and her husband, Art, on South Yale Road near Valleyford, Spokane County, on Monday. The Thayers had been hiking over the weekend and returned home. Photo: Tyler Tjomsland, The Spokesman-Review

Several wildfires are burning in Eastern Washington amid high winds and temperatures. More than a dozen homes have been destroyed as the flames spread.


A series of wildfires burning in the Spokane region have destroyed at least 16 homes and continued to grow on Monday.

The fires started Sunday afternoon amid high winds and temperatures in the 90s.

One fire was near Davenport in Lincoln County, just west of Spokane. It had scorched more than nine square miles by Monday morning and destroyed at least six homes, according to the state Department of Natural Resources. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said 11 structures had been destroyed, a figure that included homes, garages and outbuildings