Incident Commander: Eric Knerr, Northwest Team 7

Fire Information:  509-634-3119  

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INCHELIUM - Three fires actively burning in a mix of timber and brush on the Colville Indian Reservation comprise the Inchelium Complex: the Inchelium Highway Fire, Fry Fire and Kewa Field Fire. All three fires are being managed for full suppression. The cause of the fires remains under investigation.

At 6:00 a.m. today, Interagency Northwest Incident Management Team 7 with IC, Eric Knerr assumed management of the Inchelium Complex.  

Current Situation: Fire managers are looking for opportunities to engage the fires in a full suppression strategy, while prioritizing firefighter and public safety and protecting values at risk. Crews remain focused on point protection with a focus on structures and natural and cultural resources. Aircraft stationed in Omak, WA will be used to help support suppression efforts when wildfire smoke clears enough to provide visibility. Critical fire weather being experienced in areas of the Pacific Northwest has led to a high demand for firefighting resources within the region.

Inchelium Highway Fire (2,500 acres): Crews were successful with constructing containment line around a large portion of the fire area yesterday. A reduced, Level 2 evacuation is in effect for residents near Hall Creek and Seyler Valley Road 

Fry Fire (500 acres): Yesterday, firefighters’ efforts to focus on structure protection for homes in the Twin Lakes area and summer homes in the vicinity proved successful. Crews will continue to seek opportunities to construct and improve fire line today. A reduced, Level 2 evacuation is in effect for residents living near Twin Lakes and Meteor Road including North & South Twin.

Kewa Field Fire (5,000 acres):  Dozer line was constructed to contain the southern perimeter of the fire yesterday. Firefighters will continue to do point protection around structures today, while improving existing containment lines, particularly in Divisions R and M along the northern perimeter. This area remains under a Level 2 Evacuation for residents in Kewa Valley.

Weather and Fire Behavior:  A cold pressure system continues to move through the fire area, bringing high winds and low humidity. Today potential fire behavior may include areas of active surface fire spread where fuels are contiguous and some group tree torching.

Road Closures:  Seyler Valley Road to Silver Creek Road. Bridget Creek Road remains Open.

Evacuation Information: For the latest evacuation information see updates from Colville Tribal Emergency Operations athttps://www.colvilletribes.com/news-room.  

COVID-19: COVID-19 mitigations are being taken to limit exposure risks to firefighters and the Tribal community per CDC guidelines.  

QUICK FACTS

Approximate size: 8,000 acres

Fire containment: 20 percent

Incident Commander: Eric Knerr

Resource: Crews: 1, Engines: 6, Water tenders: 1, Dozers: 1

Total personnel: 48

Structure damage: 4

Jurisdiction: Colville Agency

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