Incident Commander: Bobby Shindelar July 15, 2021
The Chuweah Creek Fire started just outside the town of Nespelem on July
12 when a lightning storm moved through the area. Yesterday (July 14) the
fire grew toward the east and northeast, aided by wind, fuels and terrain,
crossing Cache Creek Rd. east of Shiloh Rd. Dozer line was constructed
and resources worked through the night to protect homes in the area.
Structure protection is also in place on the south edge of the fire in the
Buffalo and McGinnis Lake areas. The fire has burned east to Keller Butte
Rd. and has crossed the road in several places.
Eleven structures in Nespelem were lost during the initial phase of the fire:
three primary residences and seven outbuildings. A shelter for evacuees
was established at Lake Roosevelt Jr/Sr High School in Coulee Dam,
Washington. To make donations for affected families, contact the Nespelem
Food Bank at 509.634.2200.
The fire is expected to grow as high temperatures, low relative humidity and
gusty winds are predicted across the area today. Additional resources have
been ordered and will be assigned to the fire as regional priorities allow. Air
resources will be heavily utilized again today. Please avoid waterways and
air space in the fire area to allow planes and helicopters to work safely. Do
not operate drones near the fire.
Evacuations and Road Closures:
• Level 1 evacuations are in place for residents of the town of
• Level 2 evacuations are in place for residents at Owhi Flats
along Cache Creeks Rd. (watch for updates)
• Level 2 evacuations are in place for residents in Buffalo Lake
and McGinnis Lake communities.
Road closures include:
• Cache Creek Road
• Buffalo Lake Road between Manila and Cache Creek Rd.
• Cache Creek (Agency) Cut Off Road
• Joe Moses Road
Air quality information is available at http://wasmoke.blogspot.com/
Hand Crews: 1
Water Tenders: 3
Fixed Wing: 1