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Lick Creek (Dry Gulch) Fire

Unit Information

Umatilla National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
72510 Coyote Road
Pendleton, OR 97801

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Incident Contacts

Fire Information
Phone: 509-780-6238
Hours: 7:00 am - 9:00 pm

Highlighted Activity

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Lightning ignited several fires southwest of Asotin, WA on July 7. The Lick Creek Fire and the Dry Gulch Fire burned together on July 8 and are now being fought as one fire, called the Lick Creek fire.
A Type 2 Incident Management Team, California Team 12, is managing the incident.

Level 1 evacuations are in place. All Forest Service lands, roads, and trails within the Umatilla National Forest are closed.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginWednesday July 07th, 2021 approx. 08:00 AM
LocationDry Lick Creek Area, 15 miles southeast of Pomeroy, WA.
Incident CommanderMichael Nobles, CAIIMT Team 12
Incident DescriptionWildfire
Coordinates46.262 latitude, -117.416 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel65
Size80,421 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained90%
Estimated Containment DateWednesday September 01st, 2021 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber (Grass and Understory)

Closed Timber Litter

Timber (Litter and Understory)


Timber with Understory: Conifer with abundant brush or small trees under them, making it difficult to

walk through. Will burn readily with abundant torching and spotting when dry; it doesn't need much wind to spread efficiently. Generally found on

north aspects elevation. Heavy

fuels contribute to rollout.

Grass: Cured grass, may be mixed with widely scattered timber or shrubs. Cured grasses will support rapid fire spread.

Significant Events

Moderate, Single Tree Torching,

Creeping, Smoldering.


Planned Actions

Patrol and mop-up will continue. Limited suppression repair of roads will continue.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours: Interior pockets of unburned fuel continue to burn. Limited spotting is expected in the next 12 hours.

24 hours: Slight warming and drying will result in a continuation of smoldering and threat of spotting across lines with a ramp up from Tuesday to Wednesday.

48 hours: See above.

72 hours: Cooling trend brings moderation of fire activity and reduced threat of fire crossing containment lines.

Anticipated after 72 hours: TBD


Acreage increase due to a 29 acre spot outside of containment lines that is under control.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

It was considerably warmer today compared to Sunday as

temperatures climbed into the mid 70s along the ridges and in the

lower 90s down in the valley bottoms. The relative humidity fell to around 45 to 50 percent along the ridges and 25 to 30 percent in the valley bottoms.

Winds today were variable around 5 mph.

The warming trend continues through Wednesday. On Tuesday, it

will be around five degrees warmer than today, and the afternoon relative humidity will fall an additional 5 to 10 percent. No changes in the winds are expected on Tuesday. Cumulus clouds will build over southeast Washington during the afternoon.

Wednesday will likely be the most critical day in terms of fire behavior. The atmosphere will be hot, dry and unstable. There may

be a few instability showers or thunderstorms over the northern

Blue Mountains during the late

afternoon and evening.

A Pacific low pressure system traveling east of the Cascades on Thursday will bring an increasing threat of showers or

thunderstorms to southeast Washington. Rainfall amounts are not expected to become significant, although there is a good chance of wetting rain.

Gusty and erratic winds are also