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Leahy and Barker Canyon grow to 90,000 acres

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Leahy and Barker Canyon grow to 90,000 acres

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September 13, 2012

Grand Coulee-Two fires make up the Barker Canyon Complex:  The Barker Canyon fire is currently estimated at 17,365 acres. The fires have burned two power stations associated with the Grand Coulee Dam.

The Leahy Fire has grown to 60,800 acres.   A Level 2 evacuation order remains in place for the entire fire area east of Leahy Junction (Hwy 17), north to the Columbia River and south to Sims Corner. State Highway 174 is closed from Leahy Junction (Hwy 17) to Coulee Dam.

The main fuels involved in these fires are dry grass and shrubs. The wind driven nature of the fire of the previous two days subsided on September 11, however fire behavior remained very active on the Leahy Fire driven by extremely dry fuels and erratic terrain. Firefighters have begun burn out operations to safely secure established control lines and minimize acres burned.

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