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Chuweah Creek

Unit Information

Colville Agency
Bureau of Indian Affairs
Nespelem, WA 99155

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 The Chuweah Creek Fire started on July 12 outside of Nespelem, WA. 

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginMonday July 12th, 2021 approx. 07:00 PM
LocationDirectly adjacent to and east of Nespelem.
Incident CommanderMt Tolman Fire Center
Coordinates48.229 latitude, -119.017 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel8
Size36,752 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained98%
Fuels Involved

Brush (2 feet)

Timber (grass and Understory)

Short grass (1 foot)

Significant Events

A strong warming and drying trend is expected through the week, but fire behavior remains minimal on Chuweah Creek fire, and is limited to very isolated interior pockets of heat. Northern portion of the fire

contains isolated interior residual heat sources.


Planned Actions

Fire edge on NE and SE sections have some retained heat and engines will continue to mop up and patrol.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours:

Surface drying continues under clearing skies. Current fire behavior is minimal with very few

interior heat sources. Widely scattered and isolated interior pockets of heat present, primarily on the northeast portion of the fire.

24 hours: Warming and drying continues with a NW wind flow. Widely scattered and isolated interior pockets of heat present. Minimal activity with limited heat sources, no visible smoke.

48 hours: Becoming hot and drying with clear sky through the remainder of the week. Surface fuels are dry. No anticipated growth, very few interior widely scattered heat sources.

72 hours:

Hot and dry conditions will produce conditions for surface fire spread where available fuels

and a heat source is present. Minimal number of widely scattered and interior heat sources with no anticipated fire growth, minimal smoke production.


NW 7 IMT will be assumed command of the Lime Creek Fire on 08/08/2021 at 0600.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Relative humidity recovery overnight was again generally fair to good, in the 45 to 60 percent range. Temperatures were noticeably warmer overnight though, and with lows only falling into the upper 60s, are an early signal of a trend to warmer and drier conditions. Winds to around 10 mph have been seen, with gusts into the middle

to upper teens. Temperatures this afternoon have taken advantage

of the warmer start, rising well into the 90s, while humidity has

fallen to around or below 20 percent.

Humidity recovery in the 30 to 45 percent range is expected, with the best recovery tonight only managing to meet the worst recovery in the area last night. Lows are also expected to be warmer, only falling into the upper 60s to around 70 degrees. At ridges and on high slopes, expect winds to be stronger than generally seen at night, in the 10-15 mph range with gusts to around 25 mph. Terrain driven winds are expected for the lower slopes and valleys, but valleys that are better aligned with the stronger general winds may be

more variable.

Hotter and drier weather will be the norm through the end of the

week, and an excessive heat warning remains in effect through

2000 on Saturday. Expect high temperatures to rise well into the 90s each day, and highs at lower elevations around 100 degrees. Minimum relative humidity values look to bottom out below 20 percent and below 15 percent in some locations. After a gustier than usual morning, winds on the ridges will be in the 8 to 13 mph range Thursday afternoon, while terrain driven winds will prevail on lower

slopes and ridges. Heading into the weekend, look for general winds to become more southwesterly, while terrain winds continue to dominate the low elevations.

The hot stretch should come to an end in the second half of the

weekend, with forecast highs falling through the 80s and even into the 70s early next week. This cooler environment is driven at least partly by increased clouds, as well as increased chances for rain.