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Bridge Creek Fire

Unit Information

Colville Agency
Bureau of Indian Affairs
Washington
Nespelem, WA 99155

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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 now currently stands at 3709 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. As conditions have changed we have switched to direct tactics on the fire. As of August 25, NW team6 transitioned with NW IMT 11. NW Team11, Incident Commander Nathan Rabe, assumed command at 1800 that same evening. NW Team 11 has since assumed command of the incident and management of the fire suppression efforts.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning
Date of OriginTuesday August 08th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM
Location13 miles NNE of Keller, WA
Incident CommanderNathan Rabe
Incident DescriptionWildfire
Coordinates48.25 latitude, -118.583 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel217
Size3,711 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained98%
Fuels Involved

Where the fire is currently burning is a mosaic of older Douglas fir, true fir and Pine (Lodgepole & Ponderosa) dominated stand with a heavy dead and downed mixed with young plantations.

Significant Events

The fire is in mop up , however isolated torching could occur where interior fuels consume.

Outlook

Planned Actions

Continue repair operations on contingency lines outside the primary fire footprint after clearance is given from the Colville Agency Archaeology Staff. In Div-G, support palm IR crew and mop up. Div-A & Z are in patrol status. In all divisions, continue road repair and backhaul hose, pumps and other equipment.

Projected Incident Activity

12 Hours: The fire should stay within containment lines as it will be mopped up 100' in all areas where it is safe to do so. However, the fire will continue to consume interior unburned fuels. The potential still exists for spotting to occur if torching occurs in those islands.

24 Hours: The fire should stay within containment lines as it will be mopped up 100' in all areas where it is safe to do so. However, the fire will continue to consume interior unburned fuels. The potential still exists for spotting to occur if torching occurs in those islands.

48 Hours: The fire should stay within containment lines as it will be mopped up 100' in all areas where it is safe to do so. However, the fire will continue to consume interior unburned fuels. The potential still exists for spotting to occur if torching occurs in those islands.

72 Hours: The fire should stay within containment lines as it will be mopped up 100' in all areas where it is safe to do so. However, the fire will continue to consume interior unburned fuels. The potential still exists for spotting to occur if torching occurs in those islands.

Remarks

The type 2 Management Team is scheduled to transition with a local Type 3 incident management team on Friday, September 8th @1800.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

A cold front will pass through the area Saturday afternoon. Winds will increase ahead of the front with local gusts to 35 mpg on ridge tops possible. A warming and drying trend is expected Sunday through Tuesday.