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All evacuation orders lifted for Boyds Fire

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KETTLE FALLS, Wash. -

Overnight rain helped firefighters on the front line of the Boyds Fire near Kettle Falls. On Monday all evacuation orders for the fire were lifted, according to the Ferry County Sheriff's Office. 

At last report, the fire was 4,549 acres in size and 81 percent contained. 

Rain fell over the fire area Monday and put a damper on fire activity. Heavy equipment will continue to reduce fuels along the fire line, and crews will continue repair work along the fire perimeter, cleaning up roadways and restoring areas to pre-fire conditions. Fire officials expect the fire to continue smoldering and continue creeping along.

“While all fires present unique challenges for our fire crews, an incident like this highlights the need for increased pace and scale of our forest restoration and fuels reduction. The values of previous fuels reduction work was instrumental in our ability to minimize fire spread and impact, said Joshua White, Three Rivers District Ranger.

Northwest Incident Management Team 11 (NWT11) will be transitioning the Boyds fire to a Type 3 Incident Management Team on Wednesday, August 29, at 6:00 am. Approximately 100 resources consisting of two type 2 hand crews, ten engines, eight pieces of heavy equipment and five overhead supervisors will remain with the type 3 team.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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