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Sunday, August 28, 2016

8/28/2016 Cayuse Mountain Fire Update

The Cayuse Mountain Fire perimeter did not grow yesterday during Red Flag conditions with low humidity and high winds. However, there were smoky conditions.  Firefighters continued to strengthen lines around the fire perimeter and will continue that work today.  Also yesterday, a structure group of engines provided point protection around residences and other structures.  

Today, firefighters will continue to mop up and strengthen lines and continue rehabilitation to minimize impacts of dozer lines.  Currently, 468 personnel are assigned to the fire.

Because of that progress, the Spokane Indian Tribe has determined:

  •  Evacuation levels have been downgraded.  Level 3 evacuations are now at Level 2; and Level 2 evacuation levels are now at Level 1.  A level 2 evacuation means “Set”; be ready to leave immediately. A Level 1 Road evacuation means “Ready”; ensure you have emergency supply kit packed which should include contact numbers, and stay tuned to local media for updates.
  •  Road closures remain in place.  They include Elijah Road, Flett Road, Matthews Lake Road, Jacobs Road, Brandom Road, and Wynecoop-Cayuse Road. Drivers are asked to use extreme caution as non-paved roads have numerous hazards including holes, snags and falling trees.
  • School will begin on Monday, August 29, 2016.   School had been delayed because of the Cayuse Mountain Fire.  Police Chief Jesse Moss urges people to use extreme caution during school commute times. 
  • The Pow Wow will continue as planned for the Labor Day weekend.
  • The Wellpinit water tower is now full, however, please continue to use wise use of water resources in case fire crews need to make use of that important resource.

Fire information and daily updates are posted on Inciweb at and on the Rawhide Press Facebook page and website at The fire email address is .  The fire information phone numbers are 509-416-6056 or 509-258-4515.

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