INCHELIUM – The fire again showed less activity yesterday, with an estimated growth of approximately 700 acres based on field observations (no infrared mapping was available overnight.) Most growth was observed to the north and northeast. Moderated conditions allowed Hotshots (experienced hand crews) to continue work on control lines directly along the fire’s active edge in the Sitdown Creek drainage and in and around the Lynx Creek drainage. They also scouted opportunities for direct suppression above Bridge Creek Road.
Contingency line construction continues as well. These include a secondary control line pushed along Grizzly Creek ahead of the northern edge of the fire, and lines along Lynx Creek Road. Residents in the Lakeview neighborhood and north of Bridge Creek Road will see ongoing work to protect structures, should it become necessary.
Winds are predicted to remain light today, but conditions remain extremely hot and dry. A warming trend, with temperatures pushing into the triple digits, is anticipated to peak on Saturday before cooler temperatures return.
Evacuations: Level 1 (Advisory) evacuations are in place for the area from Lafleur south on Hall Creek Road to Hall Creek Flat (including Lynx Creek Road), and Seyler Valley Road south to Bridge Creek Road, and residents along Bridge Creek Road (including Mollenberg Lane) to the edge of Twin Lakes. The Twin Lakes area remains under a Level 1 (Advisory) evacuation as well. A map of the evacuation area is available at inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7677/.
Boating Exclusion: The boating exclusion for North Twin Lake will remain in place. Currently, boating is permitted within 100 feet of the shoreline on North Twin Lake. Boaters are asked to not linger in the channel between the two lakes as doing so could interrupt air operations. South Twin Lake is open as usual.
Road closures: Motorists can expect one-way, controlled traffic along Bridge Creek Road between approximately 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. between Carson Beach and Beaver Dam Creek. Some recreation and parking areas may be closed to public access. Expect delays and please use caution driving as firefighters will be working along the road. Sitdown Creek Road is closed at County Highway 99.
Closures: The Reservation is currently shut down to industrial activities and the general public. The Tribes have imposed an Industrial Fire Precaution Level IV general shutdown, which closes all forest roads to the public. State and county improved roads (with a paved or gravel surface) remain open.
The Summit Trail fire is burning on the Colville Indian Reservation. For more information about the Colville Indian Tribes, visit https://www.colvilletribes.com/.
California Interagency IMT 10 is also in command of the Chuweah Creek Fire.