Northeast Region-Department of Natural Resources
225 S. Silke Road
Colville, WA 99114
News Release - July 23rd, 2021
Rice, WA: The fire had a significantly reduction in fire behavior yesterday due to cooler temperatures and lighter winds. This allowed crews to make further progress into mop-up operations and gaining on reducing hotspots to the 25-50 foot interior. Crews will continue to work over the next few days to ensure hot spots are out to 150 feet or where necessary to contain the fire line and 500 feet around structures. A Palm IR unit (which utilizing infrared technology to identify heat or hotspots along the fire edge) is progressing around the fire edge, identifying hotspots for crews to extinguish.
Today, crews will continue to work along the fire edge, identifying hotspots (burning stump holes, burning forest litter debris, and other pockets of burning material) and extinguishing them. Hose lays have been set up around the fire where necessary to help facilitate the removal of the hotspots.
All level 3 evacuations have been dropped to a level 2. Level 2 means to be prepared to leave at a moment’s notice.
State mobilization resources are being demobilized and sent to other fires where needed. Additional crews are arriving to replace the state mobilization resources.
Moderate winds will form later today with low relative humidity, which has a potential to increase fire behavior, especially in the afternoon. Interior pockets of fuels could flare up, creating small plumes of smoke and visible flames.