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Fire burning 12 miles outside of Keller


A lightning-caused, 1,150-acre fire that started at 3 a.m. Aug. 9, is burning a mile off of Bridge Creek Road, about 12 miles northeast of Keller, and is 18 percent contained, according to an Aug. 15 press release from the Colville Confederated Tribes.

The crew of 313 personnel has been facing steep slopes and rattlesnakes to fight the fire burning in grasses and timber.

Eight crews are on the scene, along with various machinery, including aircraft scooping water out of nearby Twin Lakes to dump on the fire.

Total aviation resources used have included three air-attack aircraft, two very large air tankers, five Fire Boss water-scooping airplanes, two lead planes, two heavy-lift helicopters, three medium-lift helicopters, and two single-engine air tankers.

Tuesday afternoon, all roads and trails north of Bridge Creek Road, west of Wynecoop Road, east of Keno Trail Road, and south of Lynx Creek Road were closed and barricaded.

Tribal authorities have decided to close the woods to all logging activity.

Local travelers are asked to drive especially carefully on Bridge Creek Road, with headlights on and at reduced speeds, because smoke may create dangerous conditions and there is much fire traffic on the road.

Fire information is available at 509-634-7332.

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