Kewa fire in Ferry County now 45 percent contained - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Kewa fire in Ferry County now 45 percent contained

Posted: Updated:
FERRY COUNTY, Wash. -

Update 1:15 p.m., Sunday: Fire crews fighting the Kewa fire say it is now 45 percent contained Sunday. The south side of the fire is in patrol status, meaning firefighters are patrolling the fire and watching for hot spots. Mop up operations continue on the east and north sides of the fire.

The remote west side of the fire remains active and burnout operations are possible if conditions are favorable.

Evacuation levels remain at level 2 Sunday. And Kewa-Meteor Road and Kewa Road are still closed.

At last report the fire was 1,966 acres in size.

Previous coverage:

Officials fighting the Kewa fire located about 15 miles south on Inchelium, Wash. in Ferry County is about 35 percent contained as of Saturday afternoon. Crews are planning to continue securing lines around the 1,946 acre fire that started Tuesday. 

Many resources are still battling the fire over the weekend including 31 engines, and 13 crews as well as FireBoss airplanes and helicopters fighting the flames from the air.

On Friday, the air attack helped keep the fire from moving on the west side of the fire. On Saturday crews identified a challenging area on the west side of the fire: a bowl. The broad draw between ridges is steep, rugged and contains tall brush and trees. To keep the fire from spreading out of the bowl area, firefighters have put a line along the ridges using a dozer, and are planning a burnout operation to reduce fuel to the fire in the area.

Level 3 evacuations have been reduced to level 2, meaning those in the area should be ready to leave at a moment's notice.

Kewa-Meteor Road remains closed between Twin Lakes-Nez Perce Road to Silver Creek Road. Kewa Road is closed from Kewa-Meteor Road to Silver Creek Road.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Idaho Fish and Game Commissioner faces calls to resign after killing family of baboons

    Idaho Fish and Game Commissioner faces calls to resign after killing family of baboons

    Monday, October 15 2018 4:34 PM EDT2018-10-15 20:34:33 GMT

    BOISE, Idaho - An Idaho Fish and Game Commissioner is facing calls to resign after sharing photos of a recent hunting trip. The photos show Blake Fischer and his wife posing with animals they killed in Africa. Fischer took the trip to Africa with his wife last month and when he returned emailed the photos of the animals he killed to about 100 people, according to KBOI.  

    >>

    BOISE, Idaho - An Idaho Fish and Game Commissioner is facing calls to resign after sharing photos of a recent hunting trip. The photos show Blake Fischer and his wife posing with animals they killed in Africa. Fischer took the trip to Africa with his wife last month and when he returned emailed the photos of the animals he killed to about 100 people, according to KBOI.  

    >>
  • Hayden man shares story of Grizzly attack while bow hunting in Montana

    Hayden man shares story of Grizzly attack while bow hunting in Montana

    Sunday, October 14 2018 3:11 PM EDT2018-10-14 19:11:51 GMT
    Bob Legasa -  FacebookBob Legasa - Facebook

    BOZEMAN, Mont. - A Facebook post by Bob Legasa of Hayden, Idaho is going viral after he survived a grizzly attack while bow hunting in Montana. Legasa says in the post: "My hunting partner Greg Gibson and I surprised a Sow grizzly and her cub as we were moving in on some Elk. We walked up to with in 12 yards when we all saw each other And before I could even reach for my bear spray she was at full charge.

    >>

    BOZEMAN, Mont. - A Facebook post by Bob Legasa of Hayden, Idaho is going viral after he survived a grizzly attack while bow hunting in Montana. Legasa says in the post: "My hunting partner Greg Gibson and I surprised a Sow grizzly and her cub as we were moving in on some Elk. We walked up to with in 12 yards when we all saw each other And before I could even reach for my bear spray she was at full charge.

    >>
  • Woman pleads innocent to murder by reason of insanity

    Woman pleads innocent to murder by reason of insanity

    Sunday, October 14 2018 7:05 PM EDT2018-10-14 23:05:39 GMT
    Luke HollisterLuke Hollister

    COLFAX, Wash. (AP) - A woman accused of fatally shooting a Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, man in Colfax, Washington, has pleaded innocent by reason of insanity. The Spokesman-Review reports Ashley Myers entered the plea to second-degree murder Friday in Whitman County Superior Court.    Insanity pleas allow for the defense to argue for a potential commitment to a psychiatric facility instead of prison. 

    >>

    COLFAX, Wash. (AP) - A woman accused of fatally shooting a Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, man in Colfax, Washington, has pleaded innocent by reason of insanity. The Spokesman-Review reports Ashley Myers entered the plea to second-degree murder Friday in Whitman County Superior Court.    Insanity pleas allow for the defense to argue for a potential commitment to a psychiatric facility instead of prison. 

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • Trump arrives in Georgia to see hurricane damage

    Trump arrives in Georgia to see hurricane damage

    Monday, October 15 2018 4:43 PM EDT2018-10-15 20:43:19 GMT

    ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. - President Donald Trump has arrived in Georgia to survey damage by Hurricane Michael. The president and first lady Melania Trump arrived at Robins Air Force Base on Monday afternoon. State and local officials were to brief the president at the base.  

    >>

    ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. - President Donald Trump has arrived in Georgia to survey damage by Hurricane Michael. The president and first lady Melania Trump arrived at Robins Air Force Base on Monday afternoon. State and local officials were to brief the president at the base.  

    >>
  • Idaho Fish and Game Commissioner faces calls to resign after killing family of baboons

    Idaho Fish and Game Commissioner faces calls to resign after killing family of baboons

    Monday, October 15 2018 4:34 PM EDT2018-10-15 20:34:33 GMT

    BOISE, Idaho - An Idaho Fish and Game Commissioner is facing calls to resign after sharing photos of a recent hunting trip. The photos show Blake Fischer and his wife posing with animals they killed in Africa. Fischer took the trip to Africa with his wife last month and when he returned emailed the photos of the animals he killed to about 100 people, according to KBOI.  

    >>

    BOISE, Idaho - An Idaho Fish and Game Commissioner is facing calls to resign after sharing photos of a recent hunting trip. The photos show Blake Fischer and his wife posing with animals they killed in Africa. Fischer took the trip to Africa with his wife last month and when he returned emailed the photos of the animals he killed to about 100 people, according to KBOI.  

    >>
  • Thousands raised for kids of Chicago cop convicted of murder

    Thousands raised for kids of Chicago cop convicted of murder

    Monday, October 15 2018 4:33 PM EDT2018-10-15 20:33:47 GMT

    CHICAGO - More than 500 people have contributed over $45,000 for the two daughters of the Chicago police officer who was convicted in the shooting death of teenager Laquan McDonald.  One of Jason Van Dyke's attorneys, Tammy Wendt, launched the GoFundMe campaign shortly after a jury earlier this month found the officer guilty of second-degree murder and 16 counts of aggravated battery with a firearm - one for each time Van Dyke shot the teen on Oct. 20, 2014.   ...

    >>

    CHICAGO - More than 500 people have contributed over $45,000 for the two daughters of the Chicago police officer who was convicted in the shooting death of teenager Laquan McDonald.  One of Jason Van Dyke's attorneys, Tammy Wendt, launched the GoFundMe campaign shortly after a jury earlier this month found the officer guilty of second-degree murder and 16 counts of aggravated battery with a firearm - one for each time Van Dyke shot the teen on Oct. 20, 2014.   ...

    >>