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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

09/08/2015 Carpenter Road Fire Update

A Community Meeting is scheduled for this evening at 6:00 PM in Hunters at the Columbia School. A current update on the Carpenter Road Fire will be given and an opportunity to ask questions will be provided.
Current Situation:
The Carpenter Road Fire remains estimated at 65,068 acres and is 85% contained.
The weather will again stay overcast with a slight chance of scattered showers over the northern portion of the fire. Temperatures will be slightly warmer with winds increasing steadily into the afternoon and with gusts to 12 mph on the slopes. Minimal fire behavior is expected however, fuels will continue to dry. Warmer temperatures are forecast starting Wednesdayand into the weekend.
Assisted by the remaining ground moisture, firefighters will mop up containment lines and implement suppression repair tactics. A group of heavy equipment has been established to assist crews in repair work by pulling dozer berms and moving larger items near the fire lines. Along the uncontained area of the fire, work continues to secure completed direct fire lines. Crews continue to monitor and patrol the entire fire, vigilant of any changes in smoke and fire movement.
Demobilization of excess resources will increase over the next few days as the suppression repair work wraps-up. The resources will be available to assist on other fires or return home for much needed rest.
Watch for increased traffic of school buses along with firefighting equipment on the roads and highways
Closures and Evacuation Information:
· Stevens County EOC: 509 684-7598 or www.co.stevens.wa.us
· Spokane Tribal Police: 509 258-4400
Resources Assigned: 902 personnel (total)
· 27 crews; 4 helicopters; 48 engines (wildland & structural); 12 Dozers; 12 Water Tenders; 3 Masticators
For up to date information on the Industrial Fire Protection Level (IFPL), please check the Washington Department of Natural Resources website at http://www.dnr.wa.gov/ifpl

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