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Williams Flats Fire

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Colville Agency
Bureau of Indian Affairs
Washington
Nespelem, WA 99155

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Phone: 509-634-7341
Hours: 8 am-9 pm

AM Update 8-12-2019

Williams Flats Fire Wildfire
News – 8/13/2019

Williams Flats Fire

Acreage: 45,359

Containment: 50%

Current Fire Information: Plans to transition the fire from the current Type 2 to a Type 3 team continue with transfer of command expected to take place Thursday, August 15.

Today, BIA and firefighting resources will continue their efforts of repairing roads to provide safe access to the work areas. The west and southwest flanks of the fire are secure and repair work and patrols will continue throughout the day. Along the north flank, firefighters will begin repair work along dozer lines and strengthening existing lines. With access to the south flank restored, firefighters will attempt to finish a containment line with approximately 1 mile remaining. On the northeast, firefighters will continue to reopen storm damaged roads to provide safer and easier access to the fire.

Initial attack firefighting resources are available to respond to any new fire starts. After the recent heavy rains the response is expected to be minimal.

As operations continues to assess the size of the firefighter workforce, versus the overall need, units are expected to continue to demobilize and return home or reassigned other fires as required.

The Spokane Tribal Police have provided a rescue boat for emergency evacuation of injured firefighters.

Lundstrom Butte Fire

Acreage: 10 – Final

Containment: 100%

Current Fire Information: The fire is in patrol status.

Resources: Total personnel assigned –812: 5-type 1 hand crews, 5-type 2, 6 type 2 IA hand crews, 1- medium helicopters, 1-light helicopter, 4-ambulances, 28-engines, 12-dozers, 1-masticator, 4-skidgenes, and 15-water tenders. Right sizing of the fire suppression resources is beginning with demobilization of resources in response to operational needs.

Weather: A dry westerly flow will remain over northeast Washington for the next couple of days. It will be warmer today with lower humidity. Highs will range around 75-85° with the highest temperatures below 2000’.Winds will be south to southeast 5-10 mph.

Air Quality: For the latest information regarding smoke and air quality see https://wasmoke.blogspot.com


Evacuations and Closures:

Evacuation notices issued for homes near the Williams Flats Fire by the Colville Tribes Emergency Services and the Ferry County Sheriff’s Office have been revised as follows:

Level 1:

  • Areas south of Four Corners,

  • On or near the shoreline of Lake Roosevelt along the Ninemile-Hellgate Road.

    The Kuehne Road area is not under any evacuation orders however, due to heavy fire traffic in the area, Kuehne Road access is restricted to residents and landowners only.

Traffic restrictions from traffic control points remain in effect; residents of the area will be allowed past the traffic control checkpoints to return to their homes. Non-residents of the restricted areas will be turned away to minimize traffic through active firefighting areas.

In order to promote public safety, the Colville Tribes Emergency Services has instituted several road closures with limited entry for the Williams Flats Fire area. The restrictions will allow firefighters to work safely along Silver Creek Road and elsewhere in advance of the fire. Traffic control points are being established at:

  • The junction of Silver Creek Road and Ninemile-Hellgate Road, also known as the “Four Corners”;

  • The junction of Olds Creek Road and the Ninemile-Frosty Meadows Road; and

  • The junction of Silver Creek Road and Kuehne Road.

Only residents will be allowed through the control points to their residences within the affected areas. If the fire approaches Silver Creek Road, or if smoke restricts visibility to the point that firefighters are at risk, only fire and other emergency vehicles will be allowed through the traffic control points.

Helicopters may be dipping from nearby Lake Roosevelt for suppression efforts and need space to work. The public is asked to avoid these aircraft activity areas on the water. The area is being patroled by the the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation Law Enforcement.

A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) of 10 miles surrounds the Williams Flats and Lundstrom Fires. The area is required for the large aircraft to safely manuever when dropping retardant. Please refer to the Notice to Airmen before flying near the area.