Colville National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Colville, WA 99114
Kettle Falls, WA – Yesterday, fire behavior on the southeast flank of the Bulldog Mountain fire showed active burning fuels exposed to sunlight. Firefighters patrolled and took actions to hold the remainder of the fire within containment lines.
Chipping of fuels and the removal of dangerous snags continue along the South Boulder road and in the Davis Lake area to prepare these roads in the event that the fire moves out of its current footprint. Tactical firing operations will occur on the northeast and potentially south of the Bulldog Mountain fire today.
On the Mack Mountain fire, crews will continue to monitor and improve fire lines. Air resources will monitor both the Bulldog Mountain and Mack Mountain fires for active fire behavior. There will also be crews out working on patrolling the roads around the Bulldog Mountain and Mack Mountain fires.
Along with the warmer temperatures experienced yesterday, there was low relative humidity and higher southwest winds which prompted active fire behavior and elevated smoke. This weather is expected to persist for the next couple days.
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 Colville National Forest is at IFPL level 3. Road closures remain in effect.
The Incident Command Post is located in Inchelium, WA. A spike camp will remain in place in Kettle Falls, WA to support the Bulldog Mountain and Mack Mountain Fires.