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Three fires burning across 19,000 acres in Inchelium, 75% contained

All Level 2 evacuations related to the fire have been reduced to a Level 1, according to NIMT.

INCHELIUM, Wash. — Three fires burning 19,399 acres are 75% contained on Sunday, according to the Northwest Incident Management Team 7. 

All Level 2 evacuations related to the fire have been reduced to a Level 1, according to NIMT. Check evacuation areas on the Colville Tribal Emergency Operations map. 

The three fires burning are called the Fry Fire, Inchelium Highway Fire and the Kewa Field Fire.

The fires are now being considered a complex, which means fire crews can work together to put out all of the fires. None of the fires have merged.

The Fry Fire is located near Moon Mountain. It has burned 482 acres. Currently crews are patroling and monitoring the fire, and continuing with suppression repair efforts. 

The Inchelium Highway Fire is burning near Hall Creek. It has burned 7,120 acres. Crews will continue mopping up on all flanks and around structures. Equipment will begin moving into the area to begin suppression repair work. Crews will also work with hand tools and heavy machinery to repair damages and minimize potential soil erosion and other impacts resulting from fire suppression activities. 

The Kewa Field Fire has burned 11,797 acres. Crews will continue to mop up fire lines on the northeast flank and better secure the east and south flanks. Additional burnout operations are planned on the north and west flanks. Looking for options to secure the fire closer to the perimeter of the north flank will remain a priority. 

Seylor Valley Road north of Bridge Creek and Hall Creek Roads are closed. Bridge Creek Road is open

The cause of the fires is under investigation.