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Mack Mountain

Unit Information

Colville National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Washington
Colville, WA 99114

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Incident Contact

Cheyne Rossbach
Phone: 208-907-1829

Mack & Bulldog Mountain Fires Update 8-24

Mack Mountain Wildfire
News – 8/24/2021

Kettle Falls, WA – Firefighters made significant progress yesterday, taking advantage of cooler weather and reduced fire behavior. On the Mack Mountain Fire, crews completed the contingency line connecting Deadman Creek Road and Albion Hill Road.

On both fires, the construction of direct containment lines along the fire’s edge is not possible due to the steep and inaccessible terrain. Firefighters are building indirect containment lines where terrain and access permit, usually at some distance from the fire’s edge. Additional work is underway to build contingency fire lines, which can be used if the fire escapes these primary direct and indirect lines.

Today crews will continue to reinforce fire lines around both the Bulldog Mountain and Mack Mountain Fires. Firefighters will scout locations for direct line and areas to connect fire line to the 800 Road. Brush chipping projects on the 320 Road will continue. Work continues to the south of Mack Mountain Fire to connect a contingency line from Albion Hill to Deadman Creek.

Weather has remained mild over the last few days. Warmer temperatures and slightly increased winds are predicted by the end of the week which could increase fire behavior. A front is expected to enter the area on Friday that may bring more rain.

Citizens should remain vigilant and are strongly encouraged to sign up for alerts at  Ferry County Alerts.  Motorists traveling on Boulder Hwy and SR395 should watch for heavy equipment and firefighters turning off and onto the roadway. Firefighter and public safety is our number one priority. 

Smoke: Current weather conditions will moderate smoke impacts throughout the area today.

Closures: An area closure is in effect on Colville National Forest lands in the vicinity of the Bulldog Mountain Fire. For more information on area and road closures on the Colville National Forest, please visit: https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd938379.pdf

Citizens are asked to stay clear of the fire area and comply with area closures. 

While current weather conditions provide respite from the extreme fire potential present in northeast Washington, the forest will quickly dry out again in the many weeks of fire season ahead. Please continue to do all you can to prevent wildfires.

The Incident Command Post is located at the Community Colleges of Spokane – Colville, 985 S. Elm Street, Colville, WA 99114.