Update, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday

WATERVILLE — A brush fire burned more than 1,000 acres Tuesday east of Waterville.

The fire was reported at 9:23 a.m. near Highway 2, milepost 151 and prompted Level 3 evacuations — get out now — for residents of 1275 Road 2 NW, according to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.

Officials called for third-alarm resources to assist local firefighters, said Undersheriff Tyler Caille with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. Crews contained the fire about 5 p.m. after it burned roughly 1,000 to 1,500 acres of grass, sage and wheat, Caille said.

Caille said he wasn’t aware of any damaged structures, though a combine harvester was destroyed.

Evacuation levels have been lifted, he said.


WATERVILLE — Level 3 evacuations — leave now — are in effect for 1275 Road 2 NW in Waterville due to a brush fire.

The fire, estimated at 10 acres, is burning near Highway 2, milepost 151 east of Waterville, according to a tweet from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office at 10:27 a.m. Tuesday.

No structures were threatened at the time of the post. Motorists are asked to avoid the area.

Second-alarm resources were dispatched to the fire at 11:39 a.m. 

Road closures are in place on Road 2 NW from Highway to Road K NW and on Road 3 NW from Road O to Road K NW.

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