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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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Williams Flats Daily Update for August 19, 2019

Williams Flats Fire Wildfire
News – 8/19/2019

Williams Flats Fire Update

News Release August 19th, 2019 Keller, WA – Given that the footprint of the fire is large and covers very rugged terrain, we continue to emphasize firefighter safety. Today’s activities will continue to focus on line construction in the far northeast section of the fire. The western section of the fire is in patrol status while the southern section is in mop-up. Suppression repair in the western and southern sections is continuing. There are still several areas of unburned fuel within the interior of the fire. They are not a threat, but as the weather warms, they will continue to burn and more prominent smoke will be visible. Members of the public are advised that any concerns about smoke in the area of the Williams Flats Fire may be reported to the Fire Information Center at (509) 634-7341. The Williams Flats Fire started on August 2, 2019 after a band of early morning thunderstorms with lightning moved across the eastern portion of the Colville Indian Reservation. Weather: Today’s weather will be sunny with highs ranging around 88° at the lower elevations with 80° at elevations above 3500 feet. Humidity will be 21% in the valleys and 27% at elevations above 3500 feet. Winds will be up-slope 2-5 mph in the morning shifting to the west at 3-7 mph after 2:00 p.m. with ridgetop gusts to 14 mph.

Quick Facts

Incident Start:

August 2, 2019

Incident
Size:

44,515 acres

Fire
Containment:

87%

Total

Personnel on Incident:

500

Resources

Crews – 16

Engines – 19

Ambulances – 2

Dozers – 8

Water Tenders – 8

Skidgens – 4

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. There are no longer any “Traffic Control Points” as they were discontinued on Monday, August 12, 2019. “Road Closed” signs have been placed at these locations to keep unnecessary traffic out of areas where fire mop-up and rehabilitation are still in progress. Those areas where traffic is still limited are: - Kuehne Road south of the junction of Kuehne and Silver Creek; - The Ninemile-Hellgate road at Friedlander Meadow, just south of the junction with Silver Creek Road; and Ninemile-Hellgate road south of Four Corners.