INCHELIUM – Most fire activity yesterday was on the northern and eastern sides of the fire. Crews are working on contingency lines to protect structures along Bridge Creek Road and in the Lakehead and Carson Beach areas. Residents will see firefighters and equipment in and around structures again today. Their strategy in the residential areas is to build contingency lines as back up, and to look for opportunities to stop the fire on its active edge at the same time. Fire suppression tactics may include small areas of careful back burning, but no large-scale burning operations are planned.
As of this morning, the fire is burning south of South Seventeen Mile Mountain; progressing north/northeast in both the Sitdown Creek and Johns Mountain Creek drainages. Dozers have constructed line to South Seventeen Mile Mountain to cut off northwestern spread, and Hotshot crews will continue that work today along the rocky, steep northwestern corner.
Smoke and mid-level cloud cover is anticipated to moderate fire behavior this morning, with clearing by afternoon. Winds are predicted to be south to southwest. A warming, drying trend is expected to move in to end the week.
Evacuations: 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 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/.
As of 6 a.m. this morning, California IMT 10 is in command of the Chuweah Creek Fire.