August 14, 2021
Walker Creek Fire Spur Fire Chickadee Fire Acres: 1,246 Containment: 10% Acres: 12,694 Containment: 0% Acres: 656 Containment: 55% Fire Information: 509-557-7257 (9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.) Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/newfireinfo Email: 2021.WalkerCreek@firenet.gov https://www.facebook.com/colvillenf/ Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7774/
Firefighters are working around the clock to suppress the fires. As with all wildfires, the Incident Management Team is using a range of firefighting tactics to suppress the fire. Crews are conducting structure assessments, so fire personnel know where structures are located and are removing vegetation and debris to decrease the fuel load. This is an important tactic to provide structure protection.
Walker Creek Fire: Structure protection continued through the night as firefighters removed vegetation and any materials that could threaten structures. In the northern area of the fire, dozers are constructing fire line to remove fuel. Work today will include constructing fireline from the fires end down to Bonaparte Lake, continued construction and improvement of containment and contingency lines, and scouting for spot fires.
Spur Fire: The fire pushed outside the northern containment line and was suppressed by crews and equipment. Spot fires outside containment lines were also detected and suppressed utilizing engines, dozers, and hand crews. Smoke hampered aerial resources; but they remain available when conditions improve. Today’s activities will focus preparing Road 33, structure protection and suppressing new spot fires.
Chickadee Creek Fire: Fire Personnel continue to work on increasing containment of the fire with the help of engine crews, working to enforce the line, and putting out any spot fires or hotspots along the line. Personnel will continue to look for hot spots and assist where needed.
A CLOSURE ORDER has been put in place by the Colville National Forest: Spur Mountain Fire Closure Order can be found at: Closure Order: https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd938974.pdf, Map:https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd938975.pdf,
EVACUATIONS: For evacuation information please go to: Okanogan County, WA An Evacuation Center has been opened at the Holy Rosary Parrish Hall in Tonasket by the Red Cross.
ROAD CLOSURES: We appreciate all the support from the local communities and remind you that firefighter and public safety is our number one priority. Visitors to the Forest may see road closures that are in place to protect the public from firefighting operations. Please respect closures and barricades! Know BEFORE you Go!
Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR): There is a TFR in place for air space over Fire Areas. Remember that temporary flight restrictions also apply to unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) or drones. If you Fly, We Can’t! Cooperating Agencies: Okanogan Emergency Management Division, Washington DNR, USDA Forest Service, C
|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Thursday August 05th, 2021 approx. 02:00 AM|
|Location||26 miles east of Tonasket|
|Incident Commander||Jay Winfield NR Type 2, Team 6|
|Coordinates||48.815 latitude, -119.079 longitude|
|Estimated Containment Date||Sunday September 12th, 2021 approx. 07:00 PM|
Timber (Litter & Understory)
Timber (Grass & Understory)
Short Grass (1 foot)
Mixed conifer forest dominated by Douglas-fir, western larch, Englemann spruce and lodgepole pine below 5,000 feet.
Sub-alpine fir, white bark pine and lodgepole pine above 5,000 feet. All age and size classes of conifer fuels with relatively high crown bulk density and low crown base heights.
Light to moderate amounts of dead fine fuels and slash will contribute to surface fire spread.
Herbaceous and live woody fuels are green but starting to cure and will contribute to surface fire spread.
Active, Group Torching, Wind Driven Runs and Long-Range Spotting
Continue construction of direct and indirect dozer line. Establish hose lays and extinguish spots. Prevent fire from spotting across FS Road 40 and State Hwy 2. Establish contingency line for the spot along Summer Road. Assess structures for protection needs.
|Projected Incident Activity|
12 hours: Northwest winds may drive perimeter growth to the southeast. Terrain driven winds will drive fire spread according to topography. Northwest 6-10 mph with gusts to 20 mph by afternoon.
24 hours: Spread to the east and into unburned fuels.
Northern Rockies Team 6 is managing the Walker Creek, Spur and Chickadee Creek Fires.
High pressure will continue to build over the area and lead to a hot, dry week ahead. Winds will generally be terrain driven but predominantly from the north east. Warming temperatures are expected through the week, with the hottest days still looking to be Friday and Saturday. NW winds 6-10 mph with gusts to 20 mph expected this afternoon. A low pressure system will move into the area Saturday, associated winds will change to westerly.