Deep North Fire continues to grow

As of 9 a.m. August 23, fire bosses are estimating the Deep North Fire as being 800 acres and counting.

The Deep North Fire burns approximately eight miles southeast of Northport on the hillside above Deep Lake.

The fire was reported to have started around 2:30 p.m. on August 21.

The fire is burning in heavy brush and Douglas fir tree stands.So far, the fire has been challenging for fire resources because of steep terrain and accessibility to the fire lines.

Initial attack resources have completed approximately 6300 feet of dozer line in the northeast corner of the fire, as of Tuesday.

Air support is limited due to the high number of fires in the surrounding area, however, three local helicopters as well as three air tankers out of Canada have been helping to suppress the fire, according to fire officials.

There are approximately 50-60 homes threatened around the Deep Lake area of the fire. Those homes are currently at a Level 2 Evacuation, which means that residents are being notified and should be ready to evacuate at a moment’s notice.