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UPDATE: Evacuation Notices & Road Closures Lifted for Blue Creek Fire Near Walla Walla

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UPDATE: WALLA WALLA, WA - The Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office says all evacuation notices and road blocks around the Blue Creek Fire have now been lifted.

Firefighters are still working on the fire and Sheriff's Deputies are asking people to stay out of the area unless you have a home, land or business in the area of Blue Creek Road, Klicker Mountain Road, and Blacksnake Ridge Road.

Since roads are now open, property owners are encouraged to contact firefighters to find out what to do with their gates on private property.

The Blue Creek Fire started July 20th from farm equipment and burned about 6,000 acres, one house and 11 out-buildings.

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WALLA WALLA, WA- After almost two weeks of fighting flames the Blue Creek wildfire burning near Walla Walla is now 95% contained.

Crews have been battling the fire since it started on July 20th, many have suffered from bee stings and minor injuries.

It has burned more than 6,000 acres, destroying one home along with some out-buildings.

Right now, investigators are saying someone caused this fire, but it is still under investigation.

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EASTERN WALLA WALLA, WA- As of Sunday afternoon fire crews are putting their efforts towards minimizing more acreage from burning and keeping the fire out of the Mill Creek Watershed. The Blue Creek Fire has not burn into the watershed. Fire managers tell NBC Right Now they are "cautiously optimistic" that their work will keep the fire north and west of the Klicker Mountain Road and watershed. Fuel has continued to burn the interior and smoke is visible. Those driving through the area are asked to use extreme caution.

Firefighters plan to construct and strengthen fire lines, hoping to provide protection from structures and buildings nearby. The southern and eastern portions of the fire are at the focus for Sunday. Aviation resources are being used to support the ground effort.

Right now, Level 3 evacuations are in place for Blue Creek Road and Klicker Mountain Road due to the amount of fire equipment in the immediate area. There are currently no Level 1 or 2 orders. Traffic control points remain at 5 Points and Blue Creek Road. Only local traffic is allowed past the control points. 

The Umatilla National Forest lifted their forest closure. Blacksnake Ridge Road from Five Points to Klicker Mountain Road are closed by the Sheriff and fire crews. 

The Blue Creek Fire has burned 6,225 acres, the cause is still under investigation. One home and 7 outbuildings have been destroyed. The fire stands at 50% containment as of Sunday evening. Around 1,000 people are on scene trying to keep this fire under control. So far there's been seven injuries to crews, including bee stings, a twisted ankle and moderate burns to a leg.
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 Walla Walla County Emergency Management says there is rumor circulating that firefighters are not receiving enough food/snacks. 

They say this is not true. Apparently people are posting pictures on other websites of empty tables. Emergency Management says those were tables that were purposely cleared. 

Emergency Management confirmed with the Public Information Officer at the Incident Command Post that they have more than sufficient supplies to take care of everyone.

Emergency Management also says If you are evacuating due to the Blue Creek fire and need a safe place to store vehicles, David's Aquacut & Builders on Issacs has offered space. 509-527-8700

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WALLA WALLA, WA. -- County commissioners have declared a state of emergency for the Blue Creek Fire East of Walla Walla as the fire continues to grow. 

One home and several other buildings have already burned down with many more threatened. 

4,000 acres is burning here at the Blue Creek Fire. On Tuesday, containment was at 0% and more resources are being called in to try to do anything to slow this fire down.   

On Tuesday, two helicopters were making non stop trips back and forth between the fire and water, trying to make a dent in the Blue Creek Fire. 

"It has been spreading very quickly," Heather Lee of Walla Walla Emergency Management said. 

So far, no luck. The flames spread quickly overnight. Benton County Fire District 1 gave us these pictures. For a fire that was first reported around noon Monday, it's already charred a lot of ground. 

"The terrain is the biggest difficulty with this fire," Lee said. "It just a very steep rugged terrain."

The flames have only destroyed one home so far. Walla Walla Sheriff's Deputies have evacuated 120 people from their home and people who live along several more roads have been told to be ready to leave at any time. But a bright spot in all this is the help local people are giving firefighters. 

"The community has been amazing they have been dropping off water, Gatorade, snack, things for the firefighters. They've dropped things a lot off here at the community college," Lee said. 

Meanwhile, back at the command center, firefighters from around the region descend on Walla Walla to form an upgraded type two incident team. The current 250 firefighters will nearly double to 400 strong by Tuesday evening. 

"A type two is capable of handling more personnel, more resources," Lee said. "They can handle things on a larger scale."

With possible lightning in the forecast they're all keeping a close eye on the conditions which have been windy and are hoping for some rain.

An emergency shelter has been set up at the Walla Walla County Fairgrounds. As of yet no one has checked into the shelter but it could be needed as this fire continues to grow.

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