Noisy Creek Fire

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Noisy Creek Fire


Approximate Location

48.799 latitude, -117.261 longitude

Incident Overview

Firefighters are working to suppress a wildland fire burning east of Sullivan Lake in northern Pend Oreille County on the Colville National Forest. This fire was reported on Saturday, July 15 after a lightning event moved across the northern part of the Colville National Forest in the early morning.

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Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginSaturday July 15th, 2017 approx. 08:00 AM
LocationOn the east side of Sullivan Lake, approximately 6 miles SE of Metaline Falls.
Incident CommanderNathan Rabe - IC, Type 2 team
Incident DescriptionWildfire

Current Situation

Total Personnel178
Size4,000 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained64%
Estimated Containment DateSaturday September 30th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber (Litter and Understory), Closed Timber Litter. Dense timber, heavy dead and down material.

Significant Events

Moderate backing, flanking, single tree torching.


Planned Actions

Complete repair activities in all divisions. Div-A is in patrol status. Crews will monitor control lines in Div.-E, taking action if the fire nears the line. Crews will also improve the control lines and mop where possible. In Div-M crews will support the sprinkler operation and mop up.

Projected Incident Activity

As the warming trend continues in this week fire activity will increase but overall the fire is expected to move slowly as it finds concentrations of unburned fuels. When it does, spotting is a concern especially near the Grease Fire ridge and between Conto Gulch and Johns Creek where large areas of unburned fuels exist. The fire is expected to stay within control lines.


Holmes Type 3 Team will take command of the fire Wednesday, Aug 16 at 0600. Crews have completed control lines in John's Creek using existing roads, dozer and handlines and the black line in the Grease Creek Fire. There are now control lines or natural barriers around the entire fire. The McCormick Creek fire is burning two miles north of the Boundary Dam. The border crossing is closed due to fire activity. The area four miles south of the Washington/Canadian Border along State Highway 31 and Boundary Rd is under level I Evacuation status. That is approximately 6 miles from the Noisy Creek ICP. The North Fork Hughes fire is burning approximately 12 miles NE of the Noisy Creek fire.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Winds will start to increase in strength from an NW-Westerly direction developing to 10-15 mph and gusts to 25 by the weekend. This will increase the potential for active burning in unburned areas and areas burning slowly. If torching should occur, short range spotting may occur.

Unit Information

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Colville National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Colville, WA 99114

Incident Contact

Noisy Creek Information
Phone: 208-502-1135

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