Colville National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Colville, WA 99114
Kettle Falls, WA – Firefighters continued holding the Bulldog Mountain and Mack Mountain fires within their current perimeters yesterday. Slightly higher temperatures and lower humidity was enough to dry out fuels in areas exposed to sun, causing them to burn at low intensity and put up some smoke.
Firefighters are completing and reinforcing indirect containment lines where terrain and access permit, usually at some distance from the fire’s edge. These lines utilize existing roads and some newly constructed hand and dozer line, which will surround both fires when completed.
Work is complete to the south of Mack Mountain fire to connect the last link of contingency line from Albion Hill to Deadman Creek. Chipping of large woody materials continues to progress along the northeast flank of the Bulldog Mountain fire. Work continues on the east side of the Mack Mountain fire.
Warmer temperatures and slightly increased winds are predicted for today with a chance of rain this evening into Friday morning.
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 can 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 has been relocated to Inchelium as Team 7 also assumes command of the Summit Trail Fire. A spike camp will remain in place in Kettle Falls, WA to support the Bulldog Mountain and Mack Mountain Fires.