Bureau of Indian Affairs
Nespelem, WA 99155
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.
|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Friday August 02nd, 2019 approx. 04:00 AM|
|Location||5 miles Southeast of Keller WA|
|Incident Commander||Tim Love|
|Coordinates||47.98 latitude, -118.624 longitude|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||100%|
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
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.
Containment date was adjusted to 8/25/19. Acreage adjusted due to more accurate mapping.
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.