Firefighters hold lines in Douglas County wildfires



WATERVILLE — Firefighters are holding the lines against a couple of big wildfires burning near Waterville in central Washington.

Fire spokesman Jeff Sevigney said Monday that crews kept the fires within established perimeters overnight and continued to strengthen fire lines.

He says aircraft will assist ground crews Monday.

Evacuation orders remain in place for about 30 residents.

The Douglas County Complex fires began on Friday afternoon and have scorched nearly 35 square miles of brush, grass and sage. They are 55 percent contained, thanks to cooler weather.

One fire is burning about 17 miles northeast of Waterville near Jamieson Lake. The other fire is burning approximately 10 miles southeast of Waterville.

There have been no reports of structures lost or injuries at this time.

About 300 firefighters are working the wildfires.