Three fires with minimal fire activity in a mix of timber and brush on the Colville Indian Reservation comprise the Inchelium Complex: the Inchelium Highway Fire, Fry Fire and Kewa Field Fire. The cause of the fires remains under investigation.
Fire managers are looking for opportunities to engage the fires in a full suppression strategy, while prioritizing firefighter and public safety and protecting values at risk. Crews remain focused on point protection with a focus on structures and natural and cultural resources.
The Complex is currently being managed by Northeast Interagency Incident Management Team 1
|Current as of|
|Cause||Trained Fire Investigators Have Determined The Inchelium Complex To Be Started By Human Activity; However, Investigating Wildland Fires Is A Legal Process That Requires The Specific Fire Cause To Remain Confidential Until The Process Is Complete.|
|Date of Origin||Monday September 07th, 2020 approx. 05:15 PM|
|Incident Commander||Northeast Washington Interagency Management Team #1 Tom Merritt IC; Bill Dennstaedt Deputy IC|
|Coordinates||48.331 latitude, -118.198 longitude|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||85%|
|Estimated Containment Date||Wednesday September 30th, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM|
Timber, Brush, Grass
Fire behavior on all fires are minimal, with creeping and smoldering and consumption of heavy fuels within containment lines.
Mop up in all divisions to defend primary lines. Repair excess dozer lines.
|Projected Incident Activity|
Majority of the fire area is smoldering within direct control lines. Limited smoke production from isolated areas of fire.
Today: The morning will feature a good deal of sunshine and cool temperatures. The arrival of a quick moving upper level
disturbance will bring increasing chances for showers, breezy west
winds, and the potential for a few thunderstorms. Satellite
imagery as of 2 AM shows the disturbance we will be tracking today just off the coast of central British Columbia. There is a good
deal of cold cumulus development with this disturbance, evidence that mid and upper level cooling will arrive this afternoon. The models including the NAM, GFS, and HREF members depict enough
afternoon destabilization coupled with steepening mid-level lapse rates to generate widespread showers across northeast Washington into the north Idaho Panhandle. With 500mb temperatures expected to be around -25C this afternoon, places like Republic, Kettle Falls, Priest Lake, Bonners Ferry, and Sandpoint will have a shot of thunderstorms this afternoon and early this evening. The low CAPE and high shear environment suggest small, quick moving cells capable of brief heavy rain and small hail. At this time,
thunderstorm activity looks to be north and east of our fresh
The passage of our upper level disturbance this afternoon will
also tighten our westerly surface pressure gradient. Look for sustained west winds of 15 to 20 mph with gusts to 30 mph from mid afternoon through early evening across much of central and eastern
Washington including the Columbia Basin, Waterville Plateau,Palouse, and West Plains. Yesterdays gusts of 40 mph caused problems with blowing dust around Washtucna producing periods of near zero visibility and the closure of a portion of Highway 26.
There may be a few hours of blowing dust again this afternoon, but the should be less impactful. Sustained winds and gusts should be
about 10 mph less than yesterday. Most dust events that cause road closures have gusts of 40 mph or more.
Tonight: The focus for showers this evening into the overnight
hours will be over the central and southern Idaho Panhandle as our disturbance tracks into southwest Montana and Wyoming tonight.
Breezy evening winds will subside and clearing skies will promote efficient radiational cooling. Many communities will dip into the
30s by Sunday morning.