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Kewa fire in Ferry County now 45 percent contained

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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.

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