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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 8-27-21

Ford Corkscrew Fire Wildfire
News – 8/27/2021

  Firing Operations Assist in Mitigating Unburned Fuels and Increasing Containment  

Ford Corkscrew Fire Daily Update August 27, 2021 

Acres:  15,768 acres 

Personnel: 316 

Cause: Under investigation 

Containment: 74% 

Start Date: Sunday, August 15, 2021 

Location: Ford, WA 

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

Announcement: Evacuations are still in place for the Ford Corkscrew Fire. Please refer to the map on Inciweb at or Stevens County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page. If you have questions, please call the fire information phone lines above. Please note, the reduction in acres is due to better data on containment line locations. As containment line and fire edge confirmations are received from field personnel, further adjustments in acreage are expected. 

Overview: The Ford Corkscrew Fire showed moderate fire behavior yesterday along the north and east flanks and within the interior. Firing operations took place along the norther perimeter as gusty winds supported torching and spotting while consuming unburned pockets of fuel within the fire area. Yesterday, firefighters responded to fire that crossed control lines along the northern perimeter. Hand crews and aerial resources (Fire Bosses) took immediate action to catch the fire and crews will continue monitoring that area and work to secure the line. Increasing relative humidity and cooler temperatures will slow fire spread and reduce fire activity. 

Fire Update: During yesterday’s operational period for the Ford Corkscrew Fire, resources continued to construct direct and indirect containment line and conduct point protection near values at risk. Firing operations occurred in some areas, including near the northern perimeter (Division Foxtrot) to remove unburned fuel between the fire edge and constructed control lines. Crews continued mop up activities, patrolled containment lines, worked to secure interior unburned islands.  

Crews have made significant progress on the Ford Corkscrew Fire and will continue to scout and construct direct fire line along unsecured areas of the perimeter where safe to do so. Fire will continue to work through interior pockets of unburned fuels, increasing smoke activity. In areas of completed line, resources in all divisions will monitor activities and conduct mop up operations, provide point protection where needed and continue to identify suppression repair needs. Crews will also continue utilizing infrared monitors to identify and secure unburned islands around structures, including in Rail Canyon.  

For structure status information, please email your name, contact information, and address of the property you are inquiring about to 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: A sharp disturbance tracked across the Ford Corkscrew Fire last night through this morning, resulting in increased clouds and isolated rain showers to the areas around the fire. Fire weather conditions today will be moderated with cooler temperatures, higher relative humidity, and lighter winds. The current weather system will exit midday to bring clearing conditions and a return of more sunshine. For the weekend ahead, a weak ridge of high pressure will return with warming and drying conditions, but with lighter winds to keep conditions moderated. 

Closures/Restrictions: Some roads within the and near the fire perimeter remain closed and a 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: 

Northwest Washington Fire Information Facebook: 

Stevens County Emergency Management Facebook: 

Evacuation Notices and Updates via Hyper-Reach: 
Structure Information via Stevens County Emergency Management: 509-684-7563