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Containment of Snake River fire continues to rise

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WHITMAN COUNTY, Wash. -

Update 10:45 a.m. Sunday: Fire officials say the Snake River fire burning north of Pomeroy is now 85 percent contained and residents in the area can expect to see a marked decrease in firefighter presence as state mobilized fire crews begin heading home.

Firefighters will continue to monitor the fire and patrol the perimeter searching for hot spots.

Wawawai River Road opened at 8 p.m. Saturday, however citizens are reminded that there will still be firefighters and trucks patrolling the area.

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More than 250 firefighters continue to fight the Snake River Fire in Whitman County Saturday afternoon. The 11,362 acre fire located about 12 miles north east of Pomeroy on the Snake River is about 70 percent contained.

Crews are working toward 100 percent containment Saturday, but an overnight flare up, while quickly extinguished, illustrated that there is still a lot of work to do on the fire. 

Weather continues to be a concern for firefighters as well. Officials say there is a red flag warning in the area and dry lightning is a possibility to crews are ready to respond quickly to any fire in the area.

Mop up continues on the fire Saturday, and crews are working on the ground and in the air to get the fire fully contained.

The Snake River Fire started on Tuesday around 1 p.m. and quickly grew because of high winds and dry conditions. It started in Garfield County and then jumped the river in to Whitman County around 4:30 p.m. that day.

Officials say no evacuation orders are in place at this time. Wawawai River Road is closed from Steptoe Canyon to the intersection of Pullman-Wawawai Road. Wawawai County Park is also closed.

No injuries to firefighters have been reported.

Whitman County deputies believe the fire may have been started by campers in the area.

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