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Whitmore Fire

Unit Information

Colville Agency
Bureau of Indian Affairs
Washington
Nespelem, WA 99155

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Incident Contact

Fire Information
Email: 2021.whitmore@firenet.gov
Phone: 509-557-0063
Hours: 0700-2000

Highlighted Activity

08/18/2021 Whitmore Evacuations LIFTED
Whitmore Fire Evacuations Update: All evacuation levels are LIFTED as of 8:00 PM this evening. Containment: 75% FIRE INFORMATION:509-557-00632021.whitmore@firenet.govFacebook: @cwafireinfoTwitter:..
Announcement - 08/18/2021

 The Whitmore Fire was started by lightning on August 3rd. It is burning southeast of Omak and northwest of the town of Nespelem on the Colville Indian Reservation. 

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning/natural
Date of OriginTuesday August 03rd, 2021 approx. 08:30 PM
LocationWhitmore Fire is 7 miles west of Nespelem.
Incident CommanderBobby Shindelar, NW Team 12
Coordinates48.15 latitude, -119.134 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel278
Size58,280 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained75%
Estimated Containment DateTuesday August 31st, 2021 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber (Grass, Litter, and Understory)

Significant Events

Fire Behavior:

Minimal

Smoldering

Creeping

Widely scattered smoldering heat was observed.

Outlook

Planned Actions

Div-A/P/W/Z/M: Secure fireline within its existing footprint. Mop up as necessary to prevent fire escape.

Div-C: Secure fireline within its existing footprint. Mop up as necessary to prevent fire escape.

Div-F: Secure fireline within its existing footprint. Mop up as necessary to prevent fire escape.

Div-L: Secure fireline within its existing footprint. Mop up as necessary to prevent fire escape.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours: Continued isolated smoldering.

24 hours: Continued isolated smoldering.

Remarks

Div-C,F & L are mopping up today, Div-A/P/W/Z/M are patrolling. A significant amount of resources will demobilize tomorrow (Thursday).

The IMT will continue support local initial attack as requested by the Agency.

Transfer of command to a local Type 3 Team will occur at 6:00 PM on 8/19/21.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

The Pac NW is in-between weather systems today with just a few fair weather cumulus clouds about. Temperature were 8-10 degrees warmer, with highs mainly in the 70s and locally low 80s. Relative humidity was 25-35 percent and down about 10 percent. Winds were variable around 10 mph with gusts to 20 mph.

Thursday through Saturday: A weak wave Moving through B.C. on Thursday will result in increasing clouds and slightly higher winds down the Okanogan, and cooler temperatures. A much more potent storm system is expected Friday and Saturday. This storm will tap into deeper Pacific moisture and will result in scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms from late Friday afternoon through Saturday evening. These storms should be fairly wet. Temperatures will be cooler and winds will be gusty and erratic.