Wildfire Incident Report

Prepared: Friday, September 17, 2021 11:48:50 PM PDT

Wildfire Incident Report

Fire, Weather & Avalanche Center
La Grande, OR, USA
Incident #
FWAC Incident ID
Incident Name
Summit Trail Fire
Last Updated
Wednesday, August 25, 2021 11:35 AM PDT
(3 weeks ago)
Fire Reported
Monday, July 12, 2021 11:34 PM PDT
(2 months ago)
Incident Type
58.6 miles NW of Spokane, WA
Responsible Agency
Bureau of Indian Affairs
Responsible Fire Unit
Colville Agency
Current Weather
Fire Growth Potential
Fire Weather Forecast
Incident Overview

The Summit Trail Fire is burning on the Colville Reservation, located 17 miles west of Inchelium, Washington. The fire began on July 12, 2021 as the result of a lightning storm that moved through the area.   The lightning-caused fire is burning in steep, rugged terrain with limited access. 
Future updates will be posted to to the Mt. Tolman Fire Center FaceBook Page. https://www.facebook.com/Mt-Tolman-Fire-Center-1049496928435678

Incident Type
Date of Origin
Monday July 12th, 2021 approx. 10:30 PM
17 miles west of Inchelium
Incident Commander
Lonny Cawston
Incident Description
48.285, -118.531
Total Personnel
Size (Acres)
Estimated Containment Date
Sunday October 31st, 2021 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved
The fire is primarily being carried by compacted short-needle conifer litter and dead/downed fuels under closed canopies.
Significant Events
Cloudy skies starting in the afternoon and lasting throughout the day limited evaporation rates in the fine fuels preventing any significant creeping fire to extend out from existing hot spots and heat sources. Despite stronger wind in the afternoon, fire behavior was limited to smoldering with rare short-duration flareups and no growth.
Planned Actions
Continue to mop-up and hold fire's edge near South 17 Mile Mountain. Mop-up along dozer line on ridge top west of West Fork of Hall Creek. Continue backhauling all hose lays and accountable property. Reinforce containment lines and mop-up east of drop point 156 to Stall Creek. Hold and secure west of DP 156, along Hall Creek. Continue backhauling all hose lays and accountable property. Mop-up direct handline north of Little White Mountain. Secure and mop-up within old spot south of Brush Mountain. Mop-up and secure constructed control lines north of Hall Creek Rd. Continue backhauling all hose lays and accountable property.
Projected Incident Activity
Smoldering will continue, but at a reduced efficiency overnight due to rapidly increasing humidity levels and high chances of fog setting up in valleys and drainages throughout the fire
Weather Concerns
High clouds associated with an approaching upper-level disturbance moving across the region this afternoon. There was still ample sunshine which allowed temperatures to warm into the 60s/low 70s. Afternoon relative humidity was between 32 and 42 percent. Southerly winds prevailed in most locations between 5 and 10 mph with some gusts as high as 17 mph. An upper-level disturbance and cold front will move through the region Wednesday, resulting in more clouds, breezy west to northwest winds and slightly cooler temperatures. The disturbance will exit to the east Wednesday night leaving cooler and more humid air in place the rest of the week. Clouds and moisture will increase again on Friday as a strong low-pressure system moves in from the Pacific Ocean. Friday through Sunday will be mostly cloudy and cool with periods of rain. Thunderstorms are not expected but a wetting rainfall is likely.
Incident Contact
Mt. Tolman Fire Center
Phone: 509-634-3100
Hours: M-F 7:30 - 4:00
Fire Unit Information
Colville Agency
Bureau of Indian Affairs
Nespelem, WA 99155
Dispatch Contact
Colville Agency Dispatch Center | Keller, Washington
Phone: 509-634-3100
Website: https://www.colvilletribes.com/mt-tolman-fire-control
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