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Monday update for Watermelon Hill Fire
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Monday update for Watermelon Hill Fire

More than 300 fire crews are continuing to work on containing the Watermelon Hill Fire burning seven miles southwest of Cheney and four miles east of Interstate 90.

The fire started Saturday afternoon and quickly grew – numbers released Monday place the fire at 11,000 acres, 40 percent of which have been contained.

Level two and three evacuation notices for the fire have been lowered to level 1, with the exception of the Fishtrap Lake Resort which remains at a level 3.

Today fire crews expect to deal with winds from the southwest at 8-11 miles per hour, and the occasional gust of up to 16 miles per hour.



  • Washington Incident Management Team 5
  • Seventeen engines
  • Four water tenders
  • Six 10-person hand crews
  • Three 20-person hand crews
  • Air support



  • Department of Natural Resources
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • Spokane Co. Fire District 3
  • Lincoln Co. Fire District 1
  • Spokane and Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Offices
  • Washington State Patrol Fire Mobilization
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