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Summit Trail

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Colville Agency
Bureau of Indian Affairs
Nespelem, WA 99155

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Summit Trail Fire Info
Phone: (385) 999-1380
Hours: 7 am - 10 pm

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08/04/2021 Summit Trail Fire Morning Update, August 4
Inchelium, Wa. – Yesterday was an active day on the Summit Trail Fire. Clearing skies on Tuesday allowed air tankers and helicopters to drop water on the west flank and retardant along the...
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The Summit Trail Fire was started by lightning on July 12 and is located about 15 miles from Inchelium, Washington. Northwest Incident Management Team 7 is fighting this fire with the objective of full suppression to minimize the size and duration. The fire is burning on the Colville Reservation. For more information about the Colville Confederated Tribes, visit

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginMonday July 12th, 2021 approx. 10:30 PM
Location17 miles West of Inchelium
Incident CommanderJason Loomis
Coordinates48.285 latitude, -118.531 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel718
Size27,706 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained15%
Estimated Containment DateSaturday August 07th, 2021 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber (Grass and Understory)

Light Logging Slash

Significant Events

Due to weather forecast that includes warming and drying, expect increased fire fire behavior for the next couple days. All fuels are critically dry, and live vegetation is drought stressed. All the ingredients to produce very active fire behavior are present, especially on unchecked northern portions of the fire.


Planned Actions

The priority for containment efforts will be on the southeast flank of the fire in the Beaver Dam Creek watershed to limit spread toward the Twin Lakes and associated values at risk including limiting of burn severity. Two type one crews with support of type one helicopters will be crucial in minimizing impact and being able to safely engage in difficult country. Additional objectives include establishing control lines along the northern and northeastern flanks, holding, and mopping up established lines. Focusing our limited resources on the priority work, will hinder our ability to conduct multiple control efforts

simultaneously resulting in unchecked fire spread on the northern portion of the fire. Preplanning for potential impact to values at risk continues in the Twin Lakes area, along Hall Creek and initiating road prep on the Bridge Creek Road and associated structures.

The Type 1 crews we have had assigned have had a huge impact in a positive way of being able to go direct, complete burn operations and assist in controlling containment lines in the steep rugged terrain.

Projected Incident Activity

Warming and drying with SW ridgetop winds likely to result in increased fire behavior. Active fire behavior including

backing, flanking; and torching with short-range spotting. Expect additional acreage on north and northeast portions of the fire. Continued smoke production with locally heavy concentrations especially during evening and morning periods resulting from local and regional activity.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

On Monday morning, high relative humidity values of 80% to 95% and temperatures in the upper 50s and low 60s prevailed on the Summit Trail Fire after about 0.01¿ of rain fell on Sunday. Prevailing winds at ridgetops were out of the northwest at 3 to 6 mph Monday morning, and became west-northwesterly Monday afternoon.

Temperatures rose into the upper 70s to low 80s on the fire Monday.

Conditions will continue to dry out and temperatures will increase on Tuesday, prompting a Heat Advisory for late Tuesday morning through Wednesday night with temperatures in the mid to upper 80s with overnight temperatures in the upper 60s to low 70s. Increasing southwest winds will likely develop between 1400 Tuesday and 0200 Wednesday due to a passing weak weather disturbance. Erratic gusty winds will be possible Tuesday evening due to cumulus buildups, with a short period of moderate northeast winds possible Tuesday evening as the weather system passes. Winds will become light downslope /downvalley Wednesday morning before increasing from

the south-southwest mid afternoon Wednesday.

A Haines of 5 is possible Wednesday with clouds starting to increase late in there expected Tuesday afternoon as southwest winds increase ahead of an approaching cold front. A Haines of 5 is possible.