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South Pine fire burning near Tonasket 95 percent contained

A tweet from DNR Thursday afternoon said crews are mopping up the fire and no further updates will be available.

TONASKET, Wash. — A 240-acre fire burning near the Okanogan County town of Tonasket is now 95% contained, according to the Washington Department of Natural Resources.

A tweet from DNR Thursday afternoon said crews are mopping up the fire and no further updates will be available. 

Earlier on Wednesday, Level 2 evacuations had been put in place for areas near the fire. Those evacuations have been canceled as of Tuesday night, according to Maurice Goodall, director of Okanogan County Emergency Management.

It is being called the South Pine Fire. The cause of the fire is under investigation and may be human-caused, according to Goodall. People reported the fire as starting near 334 Pine Creek Road, he said.

Washington State Department of Natural Resource crews are on scene, Goodall said. Ground and air crew are back on Thursday working to put out the fire.

According to a tweet from the Southeast Washington Interagency Incident Management Team, ground and air resources were called in to fight the fire but had to be suspended due to unauthorized aircraft in the area.

This is a developing story and will be update when more information becomes available.

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