FIREFIGHTERS ARE GETTING A HANDLE ON THE WATERMELON
HILL FIRE SOUTH OF CHENEY.
IT'S NOW 80 PERCENT CONTAINED AND REMAINS CLOSE TO
11 THOUSAND ACRES.
KXLY'S ALLIE NORTON JOINS US LIVE FROM CHENEY HIGH
THE LAST LEVEL THREE EVACUATION WAS LIFTED YESTERDAY
FISHTRAP LAKE RESORT.
A CAMPGROUND JUST OFF HIGHWAY 90 WAS ONE OF THOSE
WE SPOKE TO THE OWNERS TODAY AND THEY SAY NOW IT'S
TIME TO CLEAN UP THE MESS.
WHAT USUALLY IS A BUSY CAMPGROUND, IS CURRENTLY AT
DESPITE THE QUIET MOMENT...IT'S BEEN ANYTHING BUT
FOR THE PEOPLE AFFECTED BY THE WATERMELON HILL FIRE.
SOT/ SANDAA MACKINNON- Evacuated From Resort @:27-:30
It was pretty stressful.
SANDAA MACKINNON AND HER HUSBAND WERE ALERTED BY THE
RESORT OWNERS ON SATURDAY NIGHT THAT A FIRE WAS NEAR.
IN A MATTER OF AN HOUR THEY FOUND THEMSELVES PACKING
UP THE FAMILY AND HEADING OUT.
SOT/ SANDAA MACKINNON- Evacuated From Resort @:22-:27
We had to leave our cat down here because we had to
leave so quick.
TODAY THE MACKINNON'S ARE BACK AT THE CAMPGROUND CLEANING
UP FROM THE FIRE.
ALMOST EVERYTHING AT THE RESORT HAS SEEN SOME SORT
THE COUPLE IS DEALING WITH A LOT OF RETARDANT.
SOT/ SANDAA MACKINNON- Evacuated From Resort @:24-:29
It was, well it's on everything.
The shed still has some on it.
BETTER THAN THE ALTERNATIVE THOUGH.
OWNER MIKE BARKER THOUGHT THE RESORT WAS A TOTAL LOSS
WHEN HE HEARD IT THE FIRE HAD IT SURROUNDED ON THREE
SOT/ MIKE BARKER- Resort Owner @:01-:08
This is our fence line right here on the otherside
of these two trailers and you can see they fought
it right to the edge.
BARKER SAYS THE ONLY LOSS THEY SUFFERED IS A WEEKS
WORTH OF BUSINESS.
HE ANTICIPATES OPENING AGAIN ON MONDAY SO THAT FIREFIGHTERS
CAN KEEP USING THE LAKE TO FIGHT HOT SPOTS.
SOT/ MIKE BARKER- Resort Owner @:43-:55
They did a reall yeoman's task here.
It's unfortunate that they had to be here and couldn't
be on one of those other big fires going on.
It's a shame the resources had to be spent on this.
THAT WAY HE HAS TIME TO CLEAN UP SOME OF THE MESS
BEFORE VISITORS COME BACK TO THE CAMPGROUND.
...A TASK HE'S HAPPY TO PERFORM.
SOT/ MIKE BARKER- Resort Owner @:53-:55
Boy it was close.
WE ARE STARTING TO SEE RESOURCES SCALED BACK.
WHICH IS A GOOD THING.
OFFICIALS EXPECT TO REACH FULL CONTAINMENT OF THE
FIRE BY TOMORROW.
REPORTING IN CHENEY, I'M ALLIE NORTON KXLY 4 NEWS.