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Twenty-One Mile Grade Fire north of Keller at 2,200 acres

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A 2,200 acre fire is still burning north of Keller, Wash Saturday A 2,200 acre fire is still burning north of Keller, Wash Saturday
KELLER, Wash. -

Update Monday 6:45 a.m.: The 21-Mile Grade fire burning about 25 miles north of Keller, Wash. has grown to 2,200 acres as of Monday morning. The fire is currently 30 percent contained, but is expected to grow more.

Firefighters continue to face hazards while fighting the flames including steep terrain, snags in stands weakened by the fire and falling or rolling rocks. Fire lines were strengthened and held on Saturday on the southwest corner of the fire area.

Fire officials report a small spot fire is burning outside the northern fire lines, but crews worked Sunday to get that fire out. Helicopters continued to drop water on the fire Sunday. No retardant was used. Fire lines were held overnight Saturday and no injuries or accidents have been reported.

As of Monday there are 347 firefighters battling this fire. The cause of the fire, which started July 1, is still under investigation. 

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Crews continue to fight a wildfire north of Keller, Wash. on Saturday. The fire, that started July 1, has grown to approximately 2,000 acres. It is expected to grow more Saturday due to hot, dry and windy conditions.

On Friday firefighters dealt with active fire behavior. The fire crossed the line along the southwest corner of 21 Mile Road, requiring immediate suppression action from ground crews. The northeast perimeter was most active as the fire burned onto a steep ridge. Aircraft were used to drop retardant north, east and south of the fire and helicopters continued to drop water on hot spots Friday. No injuries have been reported.

The fire is expected to grow Saturday. Wind gusts are expected to reach 30 mph and are highly variable due to canyon and cliff topography along the San Poil River. Firefighters will be looking for opportunities for direct and indirect attack. They will also be improving containment lines Saturday. The fire is 10 percent contained as of Saturday morning.

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