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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

8/31/2016 Cayuse Mountain Fire Update

A Type III incident management team under the leadership of Incident Commander Roger Brandom is now managing the Cayuse Mountain Fire, which is now 95% contained.

Yesterday, firefighters continued to improve security around structures within the fire footprint and along containment lines. Today, crews will likely complete suppression repair on interior dozer lines and continue with mop up. Firefighters are also available to help with initial attack if needed.

There is a slight chance of thunderstorms Wednesday night through Friday morning along with an increasing chance for a wetting rain and lower temperatures.

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.

Start date: Aug. 21, 2016
Current Size: 18,116 acres
Percent Containment: 95%
Structures lost: 14 houses, 9 other structures
Location: Wellpinit, WA on the Spokane Indian Reservation

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