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Boulder Mountain Fire

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Boulder Mountain Fire Information
Phone: 509-508-3389
Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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CUSICK, Wash. – Firefighters have suppressed the Boulder Mountain Fire to 99% containment and have kept the fire footprint as small as possible.   “We want to thank the Kalispel Tribe and the communities of Cusick and Usk for their hospitality and support,” said Northwest 13 Incident Commander Brian Gales. “The Tribe graciously allowed us to use their homelands and Pow Wow Grounds for our… Read more
News - 2022-09-26

The Boulder Mountain Fire was detected on Wednesday August 31, 2022 at approximately 8:30pm. The fire is located in the Tacoma Creek and Boulder Mountain area, 9 miles northwest of Cusick, Washington. The fire is burning on Federal, State, and Private land. The terrain is difficult and the fire is burning in heavy timber, slash, and beetle infested trees.

Basic Information
Current as of Mon, 09/26/2022 - 05:03
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause under investigation
Date of Origin
Location Nine (9) miles northwest of Cusick, WA in the Tacoma Creek and Boulder Mountain area.
Incident Commander Brian Gales
Northwest Team 13
Incident Description Wildfire
Coordinates 48° 28' 4'' Latitude
-117° 29'
'' Longitude
Current Situation
Total Personnel: 128
Size 2,310 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 99%
Estimated Containment Date 2022-09-30 00:00:00
Fuels Involved

Timber (Litter and Understory) Medium Logging Slash

The mixed ownership of private and federal lands coupled with differing elevations provides a checkerboard mosaic of fuel types. Mixed aged classes of timber young managed stands to decadent second growth timber are spread across the landscape. Higher elevations are comprised of shrub and grass fuels on the south and west exposures while subalpine fir is predominant on the remaining north and east aspects.
Warm and dry conditions have allowed ERC levels to rebound. Forecasted ERC values reveal an upward trajectory that could reach the 90th percentile in one week if current weather conditions persist. Current forecast shows no precipitation going into October but good RH recovery will likely help to flatten the upward trajectory.

Significant Events

Smoldering and creeping fire activity have persisted for several days. Suppression efforts have been successful in confining fire in current footprint. Fire activity expected to produce more smoke with warm dry conditions. Fire is expected to remain within the established perimeter.

Planned Actions

Crews will continue to mop up areas along fire line and hot spots within the fire perimeter. Repair of roadways, dozer line, and hand line is being employed on all divisions.

Projected Incident Activity

Warm and dry conditions. Minimal fire activity expected, smoldering and creeping


Fire Acres by Ownership USFS 753.2 33%
Private 1,556.47 67%

Current Weather
Weather Concerns

Sunny skies and seasonably warm temperatures were observed today with highs in the 60s/70s and humidity minimums of 30 to 40 percent. Winds were generally light, and terrain driven with speeds under 5 mph

High pressure will continue to build across the region through Tuesday, dry weather persisting. It will trend warmer with near record high temperatures Tuesday. Winds are expected to be mainly terrain driven with speeds 10 mph or less. High temperatures are forecast in the 70s/80s both Monday and Tuesday, and humidity minimums of 25 to 35 percent.