The Kewa Fire, which started on Aug. 2 ten miles south of Inchelium, is now 15 percent contained said Northwest Incident Management Team officials. The current size of the blaze is 1,845 but Thursday’s warm tempretures and light winds led to little or no increase in fire size.
Due to this, firefighters were able to use direct line contruction on the fire’s eat perimeter while aircraft helped keep the fire line in check on the west side. There was little growth in fire activity Thursday night.
Fire crews are planning to scout and construct containment lines on the west side of the fire today. Aircraft will work on fire lines and mop-up on the east side. A structural protection plan will also be put into place. Currently four dozers, 13 engines and seven crews are on the fire plus two helicopters.
The fire started on Aug. 2 when high winds knocked down a power line and sparked the blaze. Smoke filled the Colville Valley but the air around Chewelah has been clear the past two days.
-By The Independent Staff