INCHELIUM, WASHINGTON– Hot, dry, windy conditions led to significant fire growth yesterday. The fire continues to spread primarily to the north and east with prevailing winds. In the north, the fire is now established in Sitdown Creek, and crews continue to prepare lines along Grizzly Mountain ahead of the active fire for containment as growth continues. On the eastern edge of the fire, crews will continue to work on improving existing roads above and along Bridge Creek Road. Residents will see dozers and crews constructing fire line behind the structures north of Bridge Creek Road, and structure assessments will continue in the areas around Lakeview and Carson Beach. While they are also working to stop the fire closer to its active edge, they will prioritize completing these control lines over the next few days in case they become necessary.

Work done on the western and southern edge of the fire continues to hold well despite conditions, and crews still work to mop up and patrol those areas daily to ensure they stay secure.

California Incident Management Team 10 will assume command of the Chuweah Creek Fire at 6 a.m. on Wednesday, July 28.

A Virtual Public Meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 27 at 2 p.m. The meeting will be hosted on https://www.facebook.com/CCTBroadcasts. A recording will be posted after the meeting.

Level 1 (Advisory) evacuations remain 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 https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7677/.

Motorists can expect one-way, controlled traffic along Bridge Creek Road between approximately 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. starting today 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.

The boating exclusion for North Twin Lake will remain in place. Currently, boating is permitted within 100 feet of the shoreline ONLY on North Twin Lake, while the channel and South Twin Lake remain open as usual.

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/.

 

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