By Matt Stephens
Free Press Publishing 

Wildfire evacuees cling to hope

Essential services available for victims of Gray, other fires


August 24, 2023

Matthew O. Stephens | Free Press Publishing

Gray Fire evacuees are able to access esssential resources while staying at the Red Cross shelter established at Spokane Falls Community College in Spokane.

SPOKANE - In a matter of minutes, the Gray Fire grew into an aggressive beast that scorched more than 10,000 acres.

The fire had authorities calling for Level III evacuation notices for 5,000-plus residents of the Medical Lake and Four Lakes areas Friday Aug. 18.

As flames quickly swept over the hills behind Lakeland Village, nearby Medical Lake residents such as Catherine Swan didn't have a lot of time to gather belongings before fleeing.

"I knew there was a fire nearby," Swan said. "I just didn't realize how close it actually was."

"The cops came banging on our door, and got me and my...

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