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Ford Corkscrew Fire

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Northeast Region-Department of Natural Resources
225 S. Silke Road
Colville, WA 99114

Ford Corkscrew Daily Fire Update 8-26-21

Ford Corkscrew Fire Wildfire
News – 8/26/2021

 Containment Increases as Firefighters Work to Secure Fireline 

Ford Corkscrew Fire Daily Update August 26, 2021 

Acres:  15,827 acres 

Personnel: 326 

Cause: Under investigation 

Containment: 73% 

Start Date: Sunday, August 15, 2021 

Location: Ford, WA 

Fuels:  Timber (grass and understory); brush (2 feet) 

Announcement: Evacuation zones have been further reduced. Please refer to the map on Inciweb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7803/ or Stevens County Sheriffs Office Facebook Page. Again, evacuations zones have been reduced. Please check the map for your specific address, if you have questions you can call the fire information phone lines above. 

Overview: The Ford Corkscrew Fire showed Moderate fire behavior yesterday along the north flank and within the interior, which continues to exhibit torching and spotting while consuming unburned pockets of fuel. Crews will continue conducting infrared structure assessments and developing reports for properties impacted by the Ford Corkscrew Fire. Red and white striped flagging mays still be visible in driveways to indicate a completed infrared assessment for that property. Evacuations are still in place. Residents should monitor https://www.facebook.com/stevenscountyem for the latest information and are encouraged to stay out of evacuated areas for their own safety and the safety of the firefighters. 

Fire Update: During yesterday’s operational period, resources continued to construct direct and indirect containment line and conduct point protection near values at risk. Firing operations occurred in some areas to remove unburned fuel between the fire edge and secure control lines. Crews also continued mop up activities, patrolled containment lines, worked to secure interior unburned islands, and identified suppression repair needs.  

Crews will continue to scout and construct direct fire line on the north edge of the fire where safe to do so. Resources in all divisions will monitor and mop up within completed lines, provide point protection where needed and continue to identify suppression repair needs. Crews will also secure unburned islands around structures, including in Rail Canyon. Assessment of damaged and destroyed structures is completed. 

For structure status information, please email your name, contact information, and address of the property you are inquiring about to 2021.fordcorkscrew@firenet.gov or call 509-508-3311 between the hours of 8am and 8pm PDT. An agency representative from the Stevens County Fire District 1 will contact you as soon as possible. 

Weather: For Thursday and Friday, an approaching upper level trough and weak cold front will bring increasing moisture and weak instability. The result will be more mid and high clouds Thursday with more lower-level clouds on Friday. Temperature and relative humidity trends will reverse with slight cooler temperatures and slightly raised humidity. Thursday will bring moderately breezy southwest winds ahead of the system. Thursday night, through Friday will provide a chance of showers and possibly an isolated thunderstorm over the fire, but with mostly light amounts expected, the chances for a wetting rain looks low. 

Closures/Restrictions: Road closures remain in place and a reduced, temporary flight restriction (TFR) remains in effect around the fire area. Residents and visitors are also encouraged to maintain a safe distance from working aircraft conducting water filling operations on local water ways and lakes, including Loon and Long lakes.  

Ways you can help: We greatly appreciate the support and generosity of the community! Our team’s focus is on the mission of fire suppression while keeping firefighter and public safety our number one priority. Our wildland fire crews and staff at Incident Command are well equipped and cared for. While we will not be accepting donations, residents are encouraged to support firefighter efforts and the local community in other ways such posting thank you or consider financial contributions to a voluntary organization of your choice (i.e., American Red Cross, local fire department, etc.). 

If you fly, we can’t: Flying recreational drones over or near wildfires could cause injury or death to firefighters and hamper the effectiveness of wildfire suppression operations. If recreational drones are detected over or near a wildfire, aerial firefighting aircraft may be grounded, causing wildfires to grow larger and unduly threaten lives, property, and natural and cultural resources. Individuals who interfere with wildfire suppression efforts may be subject to civil penalties. 

More Information: 

Ford Corkscrew Fire Daily Updates on Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7803 

Northwest Washington Fire Information Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/newfireinfo 

Stevens County Emergency Management Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stevenscountyem 

Evacuation Notices and Updates via Hyper-Reach: https://secure.hyper-reach.com/comsignupw.jsp?id=41001 

Structure Information via Stevens County Emergency Management: 509-684-7563