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Chuweah Creek

Unit Information

Colville Agency
Bureau of Indian Affairs
Nespelem, WA 99155

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Incident Contact

Fire Information
Phone: 385-999-1380
Hours: 0800-2000

 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 CommanderRobert Shindelar, NW Team 12
Coordinates48.229 latitude, -119.017 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel111
Size36,752 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained90%
Estimated Containment DateTuesday July 27th, 2021 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Brush (2 feet)

Timber (grass and Understory)

Short grass (1 foot)

Significant Events

Fire behavior is minimal, limited to isolated interior pockets of heat. Norther portion of the fire contains residual heat.


Planned Actions

For all Divisions, continue to mop up and patrol.

Projected Incident Activity

24 hours: Widely scattered and isolated interior pockets of heat present. Minimal activity with limited heat sources.


Washington DNR was added to the delegation of authority for Chuweah Creek Fire, effective 08/02/21 at 0600.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Relative humidity recovered to between 60 and 68% Tuesday morning, before rapidly decreasing by mid-morning. Temperatures started out in the 60s, rising to the mid 90s to just over 100 in the afternoon. Relative humidity bottomed out between 15 and 20%. Prevailing winds at ridgetops were out of the west-southwest 4 to 7 mph this morning, and became west-northwesterly in the afternoon. Winds slowly increased from the south, before winds shifting to southwest in all locations through early in the evening ahead of a weak weather disturbance.

Dry thunderstorms could impact the fire this evening, bringing a good likelihood of erratic gusty winds and potentially a strike or two of lightning near the fire. A period of north to northeast wind is expected tonight, before winds become very light out of the east on the ridgelines 3-5 mph after 0600 Wednesday. Winds will be light on Wednesday with predominant flow out of the southwest at generally 10 mph or less on ridges and upslope/upvalley winds in the more protected terrain and lower valley. Temperature on Wednesday will again be warm ranging from the mid-90s to near 100, while relative humidity should bottom out near 15 percent. A Haines of 4 is expected Thursday with temperatures remaining warm with dry relative humidity. However, as southwest winds gradually increase from Thursday into Friday, moisture will increase ahead of an approaching cold front will lead to a moderation in relative humidity and temperatures as a cold front approaches the region.