The Whitman County Sheriff’s Office is strongly encouraging residents of Malden and Pine City to stay out of town until the fires are completely under control.
Both towns remain under evacuation orders due to safety concerns. The sheriff’s office says property owners and residents will be allowed back into their communities once the situation is under control. That may take another 24 to 48 hours.
Firestorm victims who need help with lodging and necessities can contact the Red Cross at 509-670-5331