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Highway 200 Complex fire shows some growth

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THOMPSON FALLS - The Highway 200 Complex fires near Thompson Falls and Plains consumed over 21,300 acres.

Pre-evacuation warnings are being coordinated by the Sanders County Sheriff’s Office.

A new warning was issued Saturday from Guy Hall Road east along Highway 200 to Prospect Creek, including Clear Creek and Cherry Creek areas. 

There are currently no mandatory evacuations in place at the Highway 200 Complex fire which is comprised of the Sheep Creek, Deep Creek, Cub Creek, Miller Creek and Reader fires.

Sheep Gap – 33% Contained – 12,386 acres: Previous mandatory evacuations have been lifted.  However, 137 residences remain in pre-evacuation warnings status and if conditions worsen, evacuations will be initiated by the Sanders County Sheriff’s Office.  Heavy equipment is being used on the north side and in Swamp Creek to develop a shaded fuels break.  A dozer line is being completed as a structure protection line.  Firefighters continue to implement control actions and provide structure protection along the contingency lines located north, east, and south of the fire.

Deep Creek – 4,814 acres: Improved weather conditions may allow the primary objective of implementation of a burn-out operation to remove unburned fuel between the main fire and established firelines.  Dozer and hand lines are established in the preparation for this activity.  An existing hose-lay, which is a combination of hose strung along fireline, are also being used to wet the areas adjacent to firelines and prevent spot fires from embers.

Cub Creek – 3,434 acres: As resources are being freed up from the Reader Fires, they are being reassigned to the Cub fire to continue line construction and mastication east of the fire.   The fire is expected to continue growth south toward the Clear Creek drainage. Resources, including engines, heavy equipment, water pumps, and sprinklers, are staged below the fire and will be deployed for structure protection if needed.

Reader Fires – 80% Contained - 150 acres (total): The Reader 1 and Reader 2 fires are being managed conjointly due to their proximity.  Mop-up activities continue the Reader Fires in addition to the efforts to improve existing containment line.

Miller Creek – 597 acres: This fire continues to be unstaffed due to limited resources but is being monitored for fire growth.

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