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Williams Flats Fire

Unit Information

Colville Agency
Bureau of Indian Affairs
Washington
Nespelem, WA 99155

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Keller, WA- The Williams Flats Fire started on August 2, 2019 after a band of early morning thunderstorms with lightning moved across the eastern portion of the Colville Indian Reservation. The fire is burning south of Silver Creek Road, within the designated Game Reserve. Roads have been closed to this area at Kuehne Road and Canteen Creek Roads and plus other roads which could access the fire area. This is for firefighter and public safety.

Steep slopes, limited access and primitive roads conditions have hampered containment efforts.

The public is advised to stay clear of closure areas due to firefighting equipment moving through the area.

Northeast Washington Interagency Incident Management Team 2 assumed command of the incident August 15th.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning
Date of OriginFriday August 02nd, 2019 approx. 04:00 AM
Location5 miles Southeast of Keller WA
Incident CommanderTim Love
Incident DescriptionWildfire
Coordinates47.98 latitude, -118.624 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel282
Size44,446 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Fuels Involved

Timber (litter and understory)

Closed Timber Litter

Short Grass (1 foot)

Decadent bitterbrush, light logging slash and light fuels are interspersed with ponderosa and mixed conifer overstory. Other more heavily logged areas contain ceanothus, other brush/grass species, and slash piles

Significant Events

Minimal

Creeping

Smoldering

Outlook

Planned Actions

Building direct line, mop-up, and interior ignitions in divisions J and I. Patrol and suppression repair in A/B/F and M is continuing.

Remarks

Containment date was adjusted to 8/25/19. Acreage adjusted due to more accurate mapping.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Dry and Breezy conditions are expected on the fire through this evening as a dry cold front passes through the area with cooler temperatures through Sunday. A ridge builds over the region Sunday onward through the middle of next week expecting dry conditions and warming temperatures with no chance of any precipitation through at least Wednesday. As temperatures rise next week poor relative humidity recoveries on mid slopes and ridges are possible.