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Bulldog Mountain

Unit Information

Colville National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Washington
Colville, WA 99114

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Incident Contact

Cheyne Rossbach
Phone: 208-907-1829

Highlighted Activity

09/01/2021 Bulldog & Mack Mountain Fires update 9-1
Kettle Falls, WA – Northwest Incident Management Team 7 will transfer command of the Bulldog Mountain and Mack Mountain Fires to the Colville National Forest tomorrow at 0700. This will be...
News - 09/01/2021
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The Bulldog Mountain & Mack Mountain Fires started August 5, 2021 and are burning 20 miles north of Kettle Falls, WA on the Colville National Forest.  Northwest Incident Management Team 7 assumed command August 21, 2021 at 7:00 am.  The lightning caused fires are burning in steep, rugged terrain with limited access.  Area and road closures are in place.  Boulder Creek Hwy and State Route 395 remain open.  The incident command post is located at the community college of Spokane in Colville, WA.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning
Date of OriginThursday August 05th, 2021 approx. 03:00 PM
Location20 miles N of Kettle Falls, WA
Incident CommanderNate LeFevre
Coordinates48.791 latitude, -118.271 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel121
Size5,490 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained53%
Estimated Containment DateFriday October 01st, 2021 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Heavy Logging Slash

Timber (Litter and Understory)

Significant Events

Overnight trace of precipitations (less than .05") has moderated fire behavior on the Bulldog Mountain Fire. Fire behavior includes smoldering, creeping, and backing, with isolate areas of surface fire spread

primarily on the southeast corner, and northern portion of the fire. Heavy fuels (log ends, concentrations, and stump holes) continue to consume due to drying effects of Summer drying.

Outlook

Planned Actions

Mop-up from burn operations on the south end of fire. Initiate clean up burning as conditions allow. Transition to local unit.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours:

Limited overnight fire spread expected. Heavy fuels (log ends, stump holes, and

concentrations) will continue to hold heat and consume in place due to dryness. Smoke

production will continue and can be expected to settle into valleys.

24 hours:

Seasonally warm and dry conditions will provide for slightly increased fire behavior and areas of fire spread within identified containment lines. Backing, flanking, creeping, and areas of active surface fire spread is anticipated. Primary areas with active fire behavior are on southern aspects. Preheated timber canopy with sufficient surface fire may cause isolated

torching. Heavy fuels (log ends, stump holes, and concentrations) will continue to hold heat and consume in-place due to seasonal dryness. Smoke production from fire activity will be visible in the general area.

48 hours:

Seasonally warm and dry conditions will provide for slightly increased fire behavior and areas of fire spread within identified containment lines. Backing, flanking, creeping, and areas of active surface fire spread is anticipated. Primary areas with active fire behavior are on southern aspects. Preheated timber canopy with sufficient surface fire may cause isolated

torching. Heavy fuels (log ends, stump holes, and concentrations) will continue to hold heat and consume in-place due to seasonal dryness. Smoke production from fire activity will be visible in the general area.

72 hours:

Continued warm and dry conditions will reduce surface fuel moistures on exposed aspects and wind favored slopes. Smoldering, creeping and isolated areas of surface fire spread are anticipated. Isolated torching is likely where sources of heat and a low timber canopy are likely. Heavy fuels (log ends, stump holes, and concentrations) will continue to hold heat and

consume in-place due to dryness. Additional smoke production likely due to increase in active perimeter and interior fire activity.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Cumulus clouds developed during the day over Bulldog Mountain and Mack Mountain but with less cloud coverage compared to Tuesday. Temperatures were a little warmer and the humidity was a

little lower as a result. Afternoon temperatures ranged from 55 to 65 degrees, and the humidity ranged from 38 to 48 percent. Winds were light from the north-northwest at 3 to 8 mph along the ridgetops.

The weather pattern changes little through Friday, therefore the temperatures, humidity and the wind forecast will be similar to today. An increasing southwest flow will bring warmer temperatures

and lower humidity this weekend through early next week. High pressure will also strengthen for dry and stable conditions.