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Kettle Complex

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INCIDENT UPDATED 10/16/2015

Approximate Location

48.756 latitude, -118.461 longitude

Incident Overview

Revised ClosureMap Stickpin/Renner Area

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Incident Summary: The Kettle Complex includes three fires – the Stickpin, Renner and Graves Mountain fires – burning south of the Canadian border, west of Highway 395, north of State Route 20 and east of Highway 21.

Fire Restrictions: Due to wetting rains and cooler temperatures, fire managers for the Colville National Forest have lifted fire restrictions that have been in place since July 6, 2015. Campfires are now allowed on the Forest effective Friday, September 18, 2015 at midnight.

Fire Prevention: As the weather cools and fire restrictions are eased, please remember the region is still dry and new fire starts are still occurring. Forest users are urged to practice sound fire prevention techniques when starting or tending warming fires. Always check with your local land manager before building a fire. Always keep your fire small and well-contained using nonflammable barriers such as steel fire rings or rocks. Clear the area around your fire of all flammable materials down to mineral soil. Always have a shovel and water close by and never leave a fire unattended, not even for a few minutes. For more information, visit www.firewise.org.

Highway Safety: Logging activity continues on private and state forestlands affected by the fire. Log trucks are using Deer Creek-Boulder Creek Road and Highway 395. Drivers in the area should expect increased logging traffic as well as fire equipment and are urged to use caution.

Closures/Restrictions: Please see www.fs.usda.gov/colville for current closure information

Cooperating Agencies: USDA Forest Service Colville National Forest, Washington Department of Natural Resources Northeast Region, USDI Bureau of Land Management, Ferry County Fire District 3 and 13, Stevens County County Fire District 8, Curlew Fire Department, Ferry County Sheriff.



Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning
Date of OriginTuesday August 11th, 2015 approx. 03:30 AM
LocationColville National Forest
Incident CommanderVince Deshazer Type 4 IC

Current Situation

Total Personnel85
Size73,392 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained82%
Fuels Involved

Timber (grass and understory)

Timber (litter and understory)

Light logging slash

Fuels are varied throughout the complex; transitioning from open stands of Ponderosa Pine and grass to closed and open Lodgepole Pine stands. Some areas have experienced recent logging activity and have open canopies; other areas include closed stands of mixed conifer with a component of dead and down trees.

Significant Events

Fire continues to creep and smolder in unburned islands.

Outlook

Planned Actions

Continue of patrol, mop-up and fire suppression repair across complex as appropriate.

Projected Incident Activity

Some isolated creeping and smoldering in interior islands until season ending event occurs.

Remarks

This will be the last 209 from ORIMT #1, plans have been prepared and resources committed to support transfer of command to the district on Tuesday.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

A weak cold front moved out of the region as dry high pressure builds into the interior NW. Minimum RHs values dropped into the 20%-30% range for several hours this afternoon with mainly terrain driver winds and northwest ridge top winds of 8-12 mph with gusts to mph. Drier and seasonally warm conditions are expected to hold over the area Sunday and Monday. The next weak frontal system to move through the region is expected mid to late next week. No season ending event is predicted for the 10 day forecast.

Unit Information

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Colville National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
765 South Main
Colville, WA 99114

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