With hot temperatures and low humidity, the Williams Flat Fire on the Colville Indian Reservation continues to burn and is a half mile from the east bank of the Columbia River.

It has now grown to 34,000 acres and is 25 percent contained. Smoke from the fire continues to pour into Stevens County and the air quality in Chewelah Thursday morning was on the high end of the “moderate” scale and nearing unhealthy for sensitive groups. A red flag warming has been issued for Eastern Washington as winds and thunderstorms could start even more fires in the area.

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