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Williams Flats Fire

Unit Information

Colville Agency
Bureau of Indian Affairs
Nespelem, WA 99155

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Incident Contact

Phone: 509-634-7341
Hours: 8 am-9 pm

Highlighted Activity

08/21/2019 Williams Flats Update 8-21-19
Williams Flats Fire Update News Release August 21st, 2019 Keller, WA – Significant progress continues to be made in containment of the Williams Flats Fire due to the hard work and dedication..
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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
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 Personnel395
Size44,515 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained90%
Estimated Containment DateSunday August 25th, 2019 approx. 08:00 PM
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




Single Tree Torching


Planned Actions

Hold/mop-up in all divisions, with particular emphasis to improve the line and isolate green unburned

fingers in Div I. Mop up and interior ignitions may continue in Div J and I. Suppression repair in Div

A/B/F and Div M is continuing.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

A building ridge of high pressure will begin a significant

warming and drying trend over the fire. Tuesday's temperatures

will be similar to Monday's but then the warming and drying

kicks in. This trend is expected to continue through Wednesday.

The warmest and driest day will likely be Wednesday with poor

relative humidity recoveries possible Tuesday and Wednesday

morning. By late Wednesday afternoon, a cold front is expected

to pass over fire resulting in breezy conditions which will

combine with very warm temperatures and dry humidity levels.

The front will deliver with a small threat of a wetting rain

(around 10 percent) overnight Wednesday. Cooler and breezy

weather is expected for Thursday.