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Thursday, September 1, 2016

9/01/2016 Cayuse Mountain Fire Update

Yesterday, fire personnel at the Wellpinit Lookout were able to spot several small lightning-caused fires that started on the Colville Reservation. Firefighters were sent to help out with the initial attack on those fires. Today, firefighters will focus on securing containment lines near the Matthews Lake area, which is still showing some smoke. In other areas, mop up around structures and along the fire perimeter continues. Firefighters are available to assist with initial attack if needed.

A moist cold front will pass through the region increasing the chance of rain on the fire area late tonight and tomorrow morning.

The Spokane Tribe of Indians Pow Wow begins today in Wellpinit.

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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