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Fire crews gain ground on Silver Creek blaze

The shaded area in red shows the approximately boundaries of the Silver Creek II fire, burning in steep terrain on the Colville Indian Reserve near Keller.

The shaded area in red shows the approximately boundaries of the Silver Creek II fire, burning in steep terrain on the Colville Indian Reserve near Keller.

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— Fire officials said this morning that they are making progress on the Silver Creek II Fire.

The blaze that began July 4 has charred 350 acres in steep, rocky terrain about 2.5 miles southeast of town.

"Weather conditions for today will see an increase in temperatures, low humidity and light winds," a 9 a.m. press release on the fire said.

Those conditions could help feed the fire, which is estimated to be 75 percent contained.

On July 4, helitack teams were fighting the fire from the air. And yesterday, crews successfully buyrned out 30 acres to create a containment line.

"As firefighters continue to get an upper hand on the fire, some demobilization has begun," the release said.

Fire camp has been set up at Keller Community Center and Colville tribal police are asking motorists to be on the lookout for emergency vehicles in the area.

Fire officials are asking boaters to stay clear of aircraft drawing water from Lake Roosevelt for use on the fire.

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