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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

8/30/2016 Cayuse Mountain Fire Update

The Cayuse Mountain Fire is now 85% contained. There has been a slight decrease in the size of the fire, due to better mapping. Currently, 289 personnel are assigned to the fire.

Yesterday, firefighters continued to make good progress securing containment lines, mopping up around residences, and rehabilitating dozer and hand lines in the interior of the fire. Today, firefighters will continue this work and will also focus on reducing heat near a large unburned island in the interior of the fire near Matthews Lake. There is a slight chance of dry thunderstorms in the area today.

Tomorrow morning, a Type 3 team led by Incident Commander Roger Brandom will take over the management of the fire. Approximately 100 personnel will remain to work on the fire.

Level 1 and Level 2 evacuations are still 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 also remain in place. They include Elijah Road, Flett Road, Mathews 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 are open now, so drivers are urged 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.

Start date: Aug. 21, 2016
Current Size: 18,116 acres
Percent Containment: 85%
Structures lost: 14 houses, 9 other structures
Location: Wellpinit, WA on the Spokane Indian Reservation

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