Yesterday temperatures reached 101 degrees, the humidity dropped to eleven percent, and wind gusts up to 28 miles per hour were recorded on lower elevations within the fire. “In areas with receptive fuels, these weather conditions can result in extreme fire behavior,” said Steve Ziel, Incident Fire Behavior Analysist. “It is obvious that our fire fighters have been doing an excellent job of mopping up, or we would have seen more fire activity within our containment lines.”
Much of yesterday’s work focused on mopping up (searching for hotspots and extinguishing them) in the northern portion of the fire where it has been smoldering and creeping around in the heavy litter under pine and shrub dominated upper slopes. There was noticeably less smoke in these areas yesterday afternoon. Crews and engines will continue to focus mop up efforts on these areas again today.
Firefighters found few hotspots on the southern portion of the fire yesterday. Colville Tribes EMS Fire and Rescue firefighters applied water to the large mounds of smoldering cardboard at the Colville Recycling Center, successfully extinguishing any embers stirred up by wind gusts yesterday afternoon. They plan to continue this work today if needed, while Greenhouse firefighters patrol and monitor the area.
Warm, dry, windy conditions are expected to return tomorrow. Temperatures are likely to reach 105 degrees, while humidity will likely drop to less than ten percent. Winds may gust up to 25 miles per hour again. There is a 20% chance of lightning beginning Wednesday at midnight, through Friday.
Fire traffic continues to be heavy throughout the Nespelem area. Additionally, all previous road construction Schoolhouse Loop Road and Columbia River Road has resumed. Anyone travelling in the vicinity of the fire should use extra caution and avoid traveling in the area if possible. Due to construction and fire traffic, the following roads are closed except for essential travel by local residents and businesses:
- The Columbia River Road from Omak, WA, to Nespelem, WA, (Hwy 155).
- All of Schoolhouse Loop Road.
Fire at a Glance
Size: 5,146 acres
Location: 2 miles west of the Colville Indian Agency, along Columbia River Road to Highway 155, Nespelem, WA
Total Assigned Personnel: 303 Assigned Resources:
Dozers – 3
Type 1 Crews - 2
Type 2 Crews – 5
Engines – 13 Water Tenders - 3
Type 3 Helicopters – 1
Schoolhouse Loop Road is closed. Columbia River Road is closed from Omak, WA, to Colville Indian Agency, Nespelem, WA.
Staffed 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM