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DEEP NORTH FIRE UPDATE: 596 acres in size; 40 percent contained

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STEVENS COUNTY, Wash. -

UPDATE: August 27, 2016 12:30 p.m.:

Fire crews continue to make progress on the Deep North Fire nearly a week after it broke out about eight miles southeast of the town of Northport. The fire is now 596 acres and 40 percent contained Saturday.

Firefighters have dug hand lines and dozer lines around most of the fire as of Saturday. There is a line around most of the fire except for along the western flank, where the fire is burning in a rocky section. Extra hand crews have been called to the western flank to help get that portion of the fire lined. 

Crews continue to protect homes in the Deep Lake area, all of those homes are on a level 1 evacuation order.

UPDATE: August 24, 2016 3:30 p.m.:

Fire crews are making progress on the fire burning near Northport in Stevens County Wednesday afternoon. The Deep North fire, burning on the hillsides above Deep Lake, is now 15 percent contained and 735 acres in size.

Evacuation orders for 50 to 60 homes around Deep Lake were downgraded to Level 1 on Wednesday. Some 400 firefighters will continue to monitor the fire and construct stronger lines around it.

A public meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the South Fork Grange.

UPDATE: August 23, 2016 11:00 a.m.

50-60 homes are still threatened by the Deep North Fire, burning near Northport in Stevens County. Fire officials say as of Tuesday morning, the fire is about 600 acres in size and 0 percent contained. 

The homes that are threatened remain under a level 2 evacuation notice. So far no structures have been destroyed.

The cause is still under investigation. 

Update: August 22, 2016 10:00 p.m.: The Deep North fire, burning about eight miles southeast of Northport on the hillside above Deep Lake in Stevens County, is about 800 acres in size at last estimate, but it is continuing to grow.

The fire is burning in heavy brush and Douglas fir tree stands. The fire has been challenging for fire resources due to steep terrain and accessibility to fire lines. While the air support for this fire is limited due to other fires burning in the region, three local helicopters and three air tankers from Canada are helping suppress the fire.

About 50 to 60 homes are threatened around Deep Lake Monday. Those homes are currently on Level 2 evacuations, meaning homeowners should be ready to leave at a moment's notice.

State Mobilization has been approved for the Deep North fire and more support is on the way to help fight the fire.

UPDATE: August 22, 2016 7:45 a.m.

Firefighters say the Deep North Fire is 800-900 acres in size. Winds died down overnight, helping in the effort to fight the fire, but there were still gusts of wind up to 20 miles per hour that were hindering efforts. 20-30 homes were threatened, according to the NE Washington Interagency Communications Center. 

Overnight, there were about 50 firefighters on the blaze with 4 engines. Cattle were evacuated overnight, as well. 

Monday, help from the air will be added as there will be 2 helicopters and other aircraft attacking the flames. .

Previous Coverage:

The Department of Natural Resources confirmed with us Monday morning that another fire, the Deep North Fire, broke out Sunday night and is burning N. of Colville, almost at the Canadian border. 

A call came in Sunday evening from a person in the 2700 block of Deep Lake Boundary Rd. who said they could see smoke on a ridge.

DNR says at last check the fire had burned approximately 75 acres but was growing rapidly.

As soon as we get more information, we will update this story.

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