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Auvil Fire acreage downsized to 620

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ORONDO — The latest lightning-sparked fire to plague North Central Washington proved less burly than it first appeared.

The Auvil Fire, estimated at 1,000 acres after it was sparked Thursday afternoon near Daroga State Park, instead proved to be about 620 acres in size when firefighters got a look at it in the daylight Friday.

Evacuation levels at first placed as a precaution on homes along Highway 97 and in the Desert Canyon area were formally dropped Friday, said Douglas…

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