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Firefighters still dealing with lack of resources

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Smoke from the Tower Fire Saturday Smoke from the Tower Fire Saturday
CUSICK, Wash. -

The Tower Fire is burning at 8,685 acres and is 2 percent contained. It’s burning east of the Pend Oreille River.

While things are a little calmer Saturday, firefighters are still facing many challenges. The main one being the lack of resources.

Because of the many fires burning in our region, Pete Buist, public information officer, says they're just in line like everyone else hoping for more resources.

The Tower Fire will be getting more help though. An army battalion came in from St. Louis Saturday and will be trained up and put on the fire lines in three days. They're also getting another aircraft and some more supplies. Even so, they don't have everything they would have for a fire of this complexity. Buist says the firefighters they do have on the lines are talented, and have been effective with the bare minimum of resources.

"If resources get freed up, things will get better,” Buist says. “If the weather moderates some things will get better. None of those things are things we can foretell. And so we hope that people will listen to what the firefighters and fire managers are putting out for public information.”

Level one alerts are in place for the Bear Paw area and the 57 Corridor from Priest River north. The alert for the 57 Corridor is not because of fire danger, but because it’s the only way out south for the Priest Lake community. Level two alerts are in place for the Big Meadow/Squaw Valley area.

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