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Tucannon Fire nearly contained

— Fire crews are transitioning to mop-up and timber falling operations as the Tucannon Fire reached 70 percent containment.

Officials said this morning that the fire perimeter is nearly secured, but that steep terrain and fire-damaged timber are making conditions difficult.

Due to more accurate mapping, officials have reduced the estimated fire size to 2,630 acres.

Aircraft will assist with hotspots today, officials said, adding 149 firefighters are assigned.

While Tucannon Road is open, Hartsock Grade and Blind Grade roads remain closed as firefighters work in the area.

All fire evacuation notices have been dropped to Level 1.

The Tucannon Fire started at about 9:30 a.m. Aug. 20, about 20 miles east of Dayton near Camp Wooten.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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