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Keller Ferry out of service with steering system issues


The Keller Ferry vessel, Sanpoil, is out of service with mechanical issues until further notice, the state Department of Transportation said late Monday afternoon.

With the ferry that carries vehicles on State Route 21 across Lake Roosevelt out of service, anyone who travels that route will

will need to use alternatives to reach their destinations. There is no estimate on when the vessel will return to service.

Several miles of highway 21 are currently closed due to the fires of the Devil's Elbow Complex burning 10 miles north of Keller.

Some 32 residents have been evacuated and more than 100 homes and 90 other buildings are threatened.

There is no word on whether the ferry's shutdown will affect fire fighting efforts.

The new ferry was put into service almost one year ago at a cost of $12 million.

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