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Dry Creek Fire still blazing



Hill On Fire: Flames engulf a portion of a hill near Husum as the Dry Creek Fire continues to burn.

Aircraft flew an infrared heat-sensing flight over the Dry Creek Fire last night, which has resulted in better mapping and a revised acreage of 322.

The fire area is located in a portion of Section 33, Township 5 north, Range 10 East. About half of the fire area consists of young tree stands with brush, grass and understory. The fire site is owned and managed by private landowners and the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Firefighter, public and aviation safety remains the fire team's number one priority.

Fire behavior yesterday was described as moderate with some backing, creeping and isolated flaring. Fire continues to back down into the drainages and make short uphill runs. The primary fuels are timber, understory, litter and brush.

Crews last night finished building line around the entire fire and held and patrolled previously built line. Some night crews are being rolled over to day shift.

Today's operations will focus on securing fire line and cooling scattered heat spots and mopping up from the outer edges of the fire into the interior. Thousands of feet of hose line still need to be plumbed to accomplish these tasks.

Where still burning within the perimeter, the fire is expected to be most active on the west and northwest fronts. The fire is mostly wind and terrain driven at this time.

With fewer clouds in the sky this morning, today's weather is expected to be hotter and less windy.

Fire at a Glance

Size: 322 acres

Containment: 15%

Location: Five miles north of Husum,


Cause: Under Investigation

Personnel: 385


13 Crews

13 Engines

9 Dozers

3 Water tenders

1 Skidder


1 Type 1 heavy helicopter

2 Type 2 medium helicopters

1 Type 3 light helicopter

Closures and Evacuations: State

Route 141 remains closed from

Milepost 12 through Milepost 21. A

Level 1 evacuation is in effect for

homeowners north of Meyers Road

and South of Pine Flats Road.

Fire Information:

(509) 416-6131



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