By John McCallum
Cheney Free Press 

Badger Lake fire grows


Last updated 8/18/2020 at 9:21pm

Donald Marshal | Whitman County Gazette

A Conair Air Tractor AT-802 Fire Boss waterbombers makes a water drop over the Badger Lake fire Sunday evening, Aug. 16.

CHENEY -- A series of small wildfires has grown into a 200-acre-plus blaze near Badger Lake about 15 miles south of Cheney.

The fires began around 5:04 p.m. Sunday evening under hot, dry conditions, and are burning in grassy areas dotted with stands of ponderosa pine. According to a news release from the Washington State Patrol, about 50-70 homes are threatened. Initially, Level 2 "be prepared to leave" evacuation orders were enacted but state Department of Natural Resources spokesperson Isabella HoyGaard told local media this morning that Level 3 evacuation notices are in place for residen...

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