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Bridge Creek Fire


Bridge Creek Fire Daily Update 8-16-2017
There will be a Community Meeting tonight at 6:00 p.m. in the Inchelium School, 1 Hornet Ave., Inchelium, WA. Tribal fire managers and members of the Incident Management Team will discuss the Bridge.. more


Approximate Location

48.25 latitude, -118.583 longitude

Incident Overview

The Bridge Creek Fire was ignited by lightning on the afternoon of August 8th, 2017, on the Colville Reservation of NE Washington. After Initial Attack on August 9th by the Mount Tolman Fire Center, the fire continued to grow. As Northwest Incident Management Team 6 transitioned into management of the fire beginning at 6 PM on August 11th, the fire had grown to approximately 1000 acres. Efforts were being made to stop it by direct attack on the south side in order to protect Bridge Creek Road, an important transportation route to the tribal community. Due to rock cliffs in the fire area and subsequent concern for firefighter safety, much of the fire suppression activity will be indirect as firefighters drop back to defensible positions surrounding the fire.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginTuesday August 08th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM
Location13 miles NNE of Keller, WA
Incident CommanderKen Paul

Current Situation

Total Personnel454
Size1,343 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained22%
Estimated Containment DateThursday August 31st, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

The fire is currently burning in a Douglas fir and Pine dominated stand with a heavy dead and downed component, with ninebark, alder and other minor species.

Significant Events

Fire continues to burn actively through the dead and down and grass/brush fuels.


Planned Actions

For night operations 8/16, continue with monitoring and patrol, possible black line burnout operations. For day shift 8/17 crews will continue to prep containment and contingency line, bring fire along the containment lines as they go. Possible interior burnout if conditions are conducive. Mop-up will occur where feasible.

Projected Incident Activity

Burnout has begun and will continue throughout the next several days. The natural fire is expected to continue to spread to the northeast through timber stands with upslope winds and to the northwest as fire backs down into the drainage.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Today's maximum temperature was 78 degrees with 24% RH, with winds southwest 4-6 with gusts to 13. Thursday and Friday bringing warmer temperatures and lower humidity to the fire area. Increased winds predicted on Friday associated with dry cold front near the fire area.

Unit Information

Colville Agency
P.O. Box 111
Nespelem, WA 99155

Incident Contact

Kathy Moses, Doug Epperson
Phone: 509-634-7332
Hours: 7 AM to 9 PM

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