Fires in central Washington cover more than 11 square miles

Multiple crews say the fires are actively spreading because of high winds pushing the fire through grass and brush.The Washington State Department of Natural Resources warned multiple counties of fires burning after lightning strikes moved through the areas Monday. Authorities said 24 buildings are threatened. Two helicopters are being used to assist firefighters on the ground.Alcoa Fire Update 9:28 p.m. Monday-NCWLIFE Channel’s Eric Granstrom spoke via phone with Alcoa Fire Public Information Officer Holly Krake, getting the latest information on the fire burning 10-miles south of Wenatchee. When it reaches our containment lines, if those are able to hold, it will run out of grass to burn.Level 2 Evacuation Notifications have been given to residents in the Tarpiscan Road; Colockum Road, Kingsbury Road, Moses Carr Road, and Ingersol Road areas.Traffic is limited to local traffic only beyond milepost 8 along the Alcoa/Malaga Highway. To the west, the fire continues to creep and back slowly through grass and brush.A total of 100 firefighters are fighting the Alcoa fire in Chelan County Monday night.It has grown to about 4,500 acres since it was first reported Monday afternoon.The Spartan fire began as three separate grass fires but converged and swelled quickly on Monday. About 50 homes are under level 2 evacuation because of that fire.Several smaller grass fires were also burning in nearby Douglas County Tuesday, Krake said.Firefighters are battling multiple wildfires in Douglas, Chelan, Stevens and Ferry counties causing smoky skies over central Grant County.Level 2 evacuations are in place for Colockum Road, Kingsbury Road, Moses Carr Road, Ingersoll Road, and Tarpiscan Road. Additional details about that fire were not immediately available.