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Firefighters, Wellpinit residents deal with water shortage on Cayuse Mountain Fire

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Wellpinit water tank is low on water. Wellpinit water tank is low on water.
WELLPINIT, Wash. -

While the Cyuse Mountain Fire continues to burn, residents in the town of Wellpinit face another tough challenge. They're running low on water in the area. Water donations continue to arrive at Wellpinit Middle School, but they still need more. The situation is dire. The city's water tower normally sits at 30 feet, on Wednesday, it's at just two.

It's one thing after another for residents in the town. In addition to more than a dozen neighbors losing everything they own, they are now left worried about a crucial life line.

Overuse and busted pumps resulted in notices asking neighbors like Brian Dringas to avoid using water. Brian, tending to a full house of evacuees, is already overwhelmed.

"Just to keep everybody fed. Everyone has been staying here. I'm stressed about that," he said.

Especially with water levels about 28 feet lower than normal, city officials say relief is still days away.

"It only replenishes about three feet a day with regular use," said Monica Tonasket.

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