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By Roger Harnack
Cheney Free Press 

Fire containment date set as Aug. 30

Updated report shows blaze is zero percent contained


Last updated 8/19/2023 at 10:10pm

CHENEY - The incoming incident management team hired to oversee Gray Fire response doesn't expect to have the blaze contained until Aug. 30.

In an update on the fire released at 8 p.m. Saturday night, Aug. 19, the team reported the fire is 0% (zero percent) contained, burning in dry timber, 2.5-foot-tall grass and brush.

The team said the fire is believed to have burned 9,500 acres; 234 firefighters have been assigned to the blaze.

Because of smoke, only one helitack team was visible near the fireline today; fixed-wing aircraft were not able to fly due to a lack of visibility.

The team will...

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