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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 Fire Update 8-28-21

Ford Corkscrew Fire Wildfire
News – 8/28/2021

 Smoke Will Continue to be Visible 

Ford Corkscrew Fire Daily Update August 28, 2021 

Acres:  15,782 acres 

Personnel: 296 

Cause: Under investigation 

Containment: 91% 

Start Date: Sunday, August 15, 2021 

Location: Ford, WA 

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

Announcement:  There will continue to be unburned pockets of trees putting up smoke for the foreseeable future. Until there is wetting rain, or the snow flies, warm, sunny days will cause unburned islands of trees to flame up and put up smoke. Please do not report these smoke plumes unless they are close to the fire line. 

Overview: The Ford Corkscrew Fire showed Minimal fire behavior yesterday due to overnight light precipitation, increased cloud cover, and higher RH values. Interior creeping, backing, and flanking fire behavior will continue and will likely cause visible smoke columns.  

Fire Update: During yesterday’s operational period for the Ford Corkscrew Fire, resources continued mop up activities, patrolled containment lines, and identified suppression repair needs. Crews continue to utilize infrared monitors to identify and secure unburned islands around structures in Rail Canyon.  

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. 

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: For the weekend ahead, a weak ridge of high pressure returns with warming and drying conditions returning, but with lighter winds to keep conditions moderated. Temperatures will warm back to around seasonal norms or slightly warmer, as relative humidity values drop back into the lower 20 percent range. Winds will favor a southwesterly direction and remain below breezy levels. Mid week, next week, a few low pressure systems arrive that look to lower temperatures, with more clouds, and slight rises in moisture to increase relative humidity. Winds may also become a bit breezy, but no extreme conditions are expected. 

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