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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
Email: 2021.lickcreek@firenet.gov
Phone: 509-780-6238
Hours: 7:00 am - 9:00 pm

Highlighted Activity

07/26/2021 EVACUATION LEVELS CHANGE FOR GARFIELD COUNTY
 Effective July 26, 2021, The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office has lifted the Level 1 evacuation area for the Grouse Flats area. The remaining Level 1 evacuation area for Garfield County will...
Announcement - 07/26/2021
Map showing the evacuation levels associated with the Lick Cree and Green Ridge Fires on July 26Image options: [ Full Size ]

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 1 Incident Management Team, Pacific Northwest Team 3, is managing the incident.

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

Basic Information

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

Current Situation

Total Personnel174
Size80,392 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)

Narrative:

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, Isolated Torching, Smoldering

Narrative:

Continued burning of interior pockets and heavy downed fuels with smoldering, single and group tree torching, slope driven runs, and short range spotting.

Outlook

Planned Actions

Patrol, mop up and secure fire line in Div T/W/D/H. Suppression Repair.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours: Interior clean up of unburned islands, continues, expect more activity due to warming/drying trend. Surface fire spread through creeping. After inversion lifts or smoke clears anticipate increased activity with single and group torching possible. Short range spotting 0.10 mile, improved humidity

24 hours: Interior clean up of unburned islands, continues, expect more activity due to warming/drying increased activity with single and group torching possible. Short range spotting 0.10 mile, improved humidity

48 hours: Interior clean up of unburned islands, continues, expect more activity due to warming/drying trend. Surface fire spread through creeping. After inversion lifts or smoke clears anticipate increased activity with single and group torching possible. Short range spotting 0.10 mile, improved humidity

72 hours: Interior clean up of unburned islands, continues, expect more activity due to warming/drying trend. Surface fire spread through creeping. After inversion lifts or smoke clears anticipate increased activity with single and group torching possible. Short range spotting 0.10 mile, improved humidity recoveries.

Anticipated after 72 hours: Very little movement anticipated, most activity in the timber litter primarily dead and down in the unburned interior islands. Surface fire spread through creeping, smoldering. After inversion lifts or smoke clears anticipate increased activity with single and group torching. Short range spotting 0.10 mile

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Isolated showers and thunderstorms developed over southeast Washington today, and rainfall amounts were mostly a trace. Mostly cloudy skies and smoke aloft aided to limit the thunderstorm activity, as only a few cloud-to-ground strikes were observed. Afternoon temperatures were in the 70s along the ridges and 80 to 85 in the valley bottoms such as Turkey Creek and Panjab Creek. Afternoon relative humidities were in the 30s across most of Green Ridge and Lick Creek fires. Ridgetop winds were predominantly from the Northwest at 5-10mph gusting to 15mph.

There is a chance of showers and thunderstorms on Wednesday, mainly during the morning hours. It will be a little warmer with lower humidity and less wind. Showers or thunderstorms may bring localized wetting rain amounts around 0.1 inch.