Evacuation order lifted as wildfire burns in Spokane

Fire burning up to 20 acres forced residents from their homes Wednesday. Spokane County Fire officials later lifted the evacuation order.

SPOKANE, Wash. – People forced from their homes in Spokane Wednesday due to a brush fire near Highway 195 were allowed to return home about 10 hours later.

Spokane County officials issued an evacuation order for the brush fire west of the highway because it was threatening homes. Hours later, evacuation levels were reduced to level two and residents were able to return.

"You may go home, but please remain vigilant," Spokane County Fire District No. 3 officials wrote on social media.

Earlier on Wednesday, residents were told to leave immediately due to the severity of the fire. Other neighborhoods nearby were told to be ready to go in case the fire spread.

Officers went door-to-door to notify people of the evacuations.

Air support was called to help put out the fire.   

There is no word yet on what caused the wildfire. 

As of 7 p.m. Pacific time Wednesday, fire officials estimated the blaze was between 10 and 20 acres at 50% containment. 

Heat Advisories were issued Wednesday for the state, and officials warned of increased fire weather due to extremely dry conditions.