Kettle River Fire | Graphite Mtn | Washington State | 1

FERRY COUNTY, Wash. |  A wildfire is burning in the northwest corner of Ferry County in the Graphite Mountain area and two miles south of the Midway border crossing.

The fire started on August 11, 2018 and is located in very steep and heavily timbered ground from a lightning strike.  Winds picked up last night increasing fire activity and presenting challenges for fire suppression efforts.

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Ground crews grew in size and in force this morning with the military responding to the call for action.  This includes the Air and Army National Guard.  The breakdown of resources include – four-20 person hand crews, three National Guard crews, two tenders, one falling module, two engines and two dozers bringing the total to 204 personnel.

Fire has burned 52 acres. There is a 10% containment status.

Homes and agricultural structures along with livestock forage and commercial timber are being currently threatened (about 40 structures).  There is a Level 1 evacuation notice in effect.

Incident Command Post is located at the Curlew School in Curlew, Washington State.  The Northeast WA IMT is in fire command.

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