Evacuation order downgraded as crews battle 250-plus McEwan Fire in Mason County

Officials downgraded all Level 3 evacuation zones to Level 2 by midday Wednesday.

SHELTON, Wash. — A massive fire threatened several homes overnight four miles northeast of Shelton, according to the Mason County Sheriff’s Office.

All homes on McEwan Prairie Road and Rainbow Lake Drive and in the John’s Creek area were evacuated Tuesday due to the McEwan Fire. More than 200 homes were notified to evacuate.

Officials downgraded all Level 3 evacuation zones to Level 2 by midday Wednesday. All Level 1 areas remain at Level 1.

The brush fire is estimated to be over 250 acres. According to the Mason County Fire Department, the fire was 0% contained and fire crews worked through the night.

State fire support was mobilized to work to contain it. An assault team, air force and State Fire Police Department staff also responded to the fire.

No injuries have been reported. There is no word yet on the cause of the fire.

A wildfire evacuation emergency shelter has opened at Olympic High School. For more information on what services are available and what to bring, click here.

Conditions could permit the rapid spread of any fire in Mason County with dry fuel.

Below is a map of where homes were evacuated on Tuesday.

Fire evacuation level

Fires vary in severity. In both Washington and Idaho, they can be considered READY, SET, GO.

This is the preparation phase. Conditions could get worse, so you want to have your luggage ready.

This is when you are about to leave. Be prepared to leave at a moment’s notice.

This is when you need to get out and go now. You are in immediate danger and emergency services may not be able to help at this time.

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Edmuns DeMars

Edmund DeMarche is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Edmund DeMarche joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing edmund@ustimespost.com.

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