Wildfire evacuees cling to hope

SPOKANE - In a matter of minutes, the Gray Fire grew into an aggressive beast that scorched more than 10,000 acres.

The fire had authorities calling for Level III evacuation notices for 5,000-plus residents of the Medical Lake and Four Lakes areas Friday Aug. 18.

As flames quickly swept over the hills behind Lakeland Village, nearby Medical Lake residents such as Catherine Swan didn't have a lot of time to gather belongings before fleeing.

"I knew there was a fire nearby," Swan said. "I just didn't realize how close it actually was."

"The cops came banging on our door, and got me and my mother...


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