Bureau of Indian Affairs
Nespelem, WA 99155
For Immediate Release
Today is the final work day for firefighters under the command of the Northwest Incident Management Team 11. The local Type 3 Team will assume command of the Bridge Creek Fire at 1800 hours this evening. The fire is now 95 percent contained and continues to creep and smolder within containment lines.
Firefighters will continue to focus on mop-up operations, securing the line, patrolling and monitoring the fire area. Fire crews are also working to remove hose and pumps along the fire perimeter. There was approximately 34 miles of hose to retrieve and much of this has been completed. Resource advisors are working closely with operations personnel to assess the needs and repair work necessary due to the suppression actions over the last few weeks.
The existing helibase located at Mt. Tolman Fire Center will no longer be used by air operations under command of the NW Team 11. Minimal fire behavior is expected today. If the need arises for air support, a request will go to Mt. Tolman Fire Center.
Road and area closures remain in place and will be evaluated by the incoming Type 3 Team in conjunction with the Colville Agency for reopening. Traffic continues to be a concern along the Bridge Creek Road as crews and equipment work in the fire area. The public is asked to remain vigilant watching for fire personnel and equipment on the road as they work.
On Saturday, most team members will demobilize and return home for 2-3 day’s rest and then prepare for the next assignment. Nathan Rabe, Incident Commander for the Northwest Incident Management Team 11 says, “We would like to thank the communities of Colville for their support during the Bridge Creek Fire. Fire danger remains extremely high across the state. Be sure to check your fire agencies for local restrictions, and closures.”
Weather for today is expect to be partly sunny and smoky, with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the morning. Temperatures will be nearing 80 degrees and relative humidity at 33 percent with a Haines Index of 3 (Very Low).
Air quality across the region continues to be a health concern to many of the public. For additional information on wildland fire smoke impacting Washington, visit the Washington smoke blog at http://wasmoke.blogspot.com . Additional information on wildland fire smoke impacting Washington visit: https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/enviwa/ .
Road/Area Closures: Road closures around the fire, which were installed for firefighter safety, are posted with CCT: DOT road closure signs. Thirty Mile Road remains open northwest of the fire. Road closures are at Daisy Trail/Lynx Creek Road, Red Thunder Cutoff, BIA Road 1045, Oregon City Road, Beaver Dam Road, and Boss Creek Road. Additional closures are at Summit Trail and Oregon City. For information regarding road closure changes, please refer to the Colville Tribal Broadcast, News and Information Facebook page or call the Bridge Creek Fire Information line. You may also find the incident on Inciweb.
Size: 3711 acres
Location: 13 miles NNE of Keller, WA
Line Crews 5
Water Tenders 14
Daisy Trail/Lynx Creek Rd., Red Thunder Cutoff, BIA Rd.1045, Oregon City Rd., Beaver Dam Rd., Boss Creek Rd.