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Fire crews fight Coulee Hite fire in Spokane County

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Update: 8:55 p.m.: At last report, the Coulee Hite fire was about 70 to 80 percent contained and crews had a line around the whole fire. Firefighters say the fire was about 8 acres Tuesday. 

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Firefighters will remain on scene all night to monitor the fire.

Update 7:20 p.m.: Fire crews continue to make progress fighting a fire burning on Coulee Hite Road north of Fairchild Air Force Base Tuesday. As of Tuesday evening, Washington Department of Natural Resources says the fire is now 40 percent contained and about 8 acres in size. Aircraft fighting the fire from above have been released from the fire.

Crews on the ground are expected to remain in the area throughout the night monitoring the fire and putting out any hot spots or flair ups.

Update 6 p.m.: KHQ's Patrick Erickson reports about 75 firefighters are on scene fighting the Coulee Hite fire burning north of Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane County Tuesday evening. Crews on scene say three homes in the area are threatened, and the fire is burning near some high tension power lines, but no evacuation orders are in place as of Tuesday evening. 

Previous coverage:

Spokane County fire crews are fighting a brush fire that is threatening structures in the area of Coulee Hite Road and 7 Mile Road Tuesday afternoon. 

Crews are fighting the fire from the air and the ground on Tuesday, working to get the fire under control. Firefighters are making water drops from Fire Boss airplanes and helicopters.

The Washington Department of Natural Resources reports structures are threatened, but no evacuation orders have been put into place as of Tuesday afternoon. 

DNR reported the fire was burning in rugged terrain and at last report it was one acre in size, but was growing.

Additional details about the fire were not immediately known. As we learn more we will update this story.

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