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Monday, August 29, 2016

8/29/2016 Cayuse Mountain Fire Update

The Cayuse Mountain Fire is now 75% contained. Yesterday, firefighters made good progress securing containment lines and mopping up toward the interior of the fire. There was no growth in the size of the fire area. Today, firefighters will continue to mop up and strengthen lines around the fire perimeter. In the interior of the fire, dozer and hand lines will be rehabilitated to reduce their impacts. Currently, 422 personnel are assigned to the fire.

Fire behavior is expected to be mostly creeping and smoldering; fire is still making its way through the previously un-burned islands within the fire perimeter. A low pressure system approaching from the west coast will increase clouds and unstable air that could generate showers and a threat of thunderstorms as early as Tuesday.

Level 1 and Level 2 evacuations are in place. Residents in Level 1 areas (“READY”) should assemble emergency supplies and belongings in a safe place, plan escape routes and make sure all those residing within the home know the plan of action. Residents in Level 2 areas (“SET”) should pack emergency items and stay aware of the latest information from local media, fire departments, and public safety. More information on READY SET GO can be found at

Road closures remain in place. They include Elijah Road, Flett Road, Matthews Lake Road, Jacobs Road, Brandom Road, and Wynecoop-Cayuse Road. Drivers in the area are asked to use extreme caution as non-paved roads have numerous hazards including holes, snags and falling trees. Schools in Wellpinit WA started today, so drivers are also asked to be alert for the presences of children and school buses.

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.

NW Incident Management Team (IMT) 9, Brian Goff, Incident Commander
Start date: Aug. 21, 2016 Current Size: 18,417 acres Percent Containment: 75%
Structures lost: 14 houses, 9 other structures
Location: Wellpinit, WA on the Spokane Indian Reservation

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