Bureau of Indian Affairs
Nespelem, WA 99155
WHITMORE FIRE UPDATE
NORTHWEST INCIDENT MANAGEMENT TEAM 12
Incident Commander: Bobby Shindelar
August 18, 2021
The Whitmore Fire is located on the Colville Reservation south of Omak Lake and west of Nespelem, WA. The Incident Command Post at Nespelem Community Center is closed to all but essential personnel to help ensure the health and safety of community members and firefighters.
A low pressure system moved into the area yesterday, bringing measurable rain to some surrounding fires but only a trace amount over the Whitmore Fire. It will be warmer today, with high temperatures ranging from 73 to 82 degrees over most of the fire area. Winds will trend from the north at 10 to 12 miles per hour.
Blowing dust and ash became an issue yesterday with the increased winds, so water tenders moved through the fire area watering roads to improve conditions. Patrolling engines on the eastern fire perimeter located several smoking hot spots near the fireline yesterday and extinguished the heat sources by exposing the smoldering material and mixing it with water and soil. Firefighters continued their work systematically gridding the northeast fire perimeter, searching for creeping fire or stumps that were still burning near the fireline. Fire crews finished wrapping and securing the old Mount Whitmore Lookout yesterday, ensuring the historic wood structure would be protected from smoldering fuels nearby.
Mop-up in the northeastern portion of the fire is ongoing today as fire crews strengthen and deepen fire containment lines. Firefighters will continue to identify and map future suppression repair needs in the Kartar Valley and around the fire. As containment increases and mop-up work winds down, excess equipment and crews are being demobilized from this incident to assist on other regional fires.
All Level 2 evacuations on the Whitmore Fire have been reduced to Level 1 evacuations. The Columbia River Road corridor, Kartar Valley, Colville Agency, the community of Nespelem, and the SR155 corridor from Colville Agency north up to the Mission are now all in a level 1 evacuation status. Call Tribal Police at (509) 634-2472 with all evacuation questions.
Coyote Creek Road remains closed.
SIZE: 58,280 acres
Hand Crews: 5
Water Tenders: 17
Fixed Wing: 1
Air quality information: https://wasmoke.blogspot.com/p/local-outlooks.html?m=1