Incident Commander: Bobby Shindelar July 15, 2021

Operations Today:

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


SIZE: 32,290



CAUSE: Lightning


Hand Crews: 1

Engines: 14

Dozers: 4

Water Tenders: 3

Helicopters: 1

Fixed Wing: 1



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