Chuweah Creek
16.2 mi
N of Elmer City, WA
Fire Status:
Last Updated:
22 mins, 32 secs ago
Incident #:
Fire Start:
Monday, July 12, 2021 8:00 PM PDT
Primary Fire Agency

Bureau of Indian Affairs — Colville Agency

Current Weather

Fire Growth Potential

Fire Weather Forecast

Incident Overview Updated: 6 hours, 11 mins ago

Incident Photo for the Chuweah Creek Fire

 The Chuweah Creek Fire started on July 12 outside of Nespelem, WA. 

Basic Information

Incident Type:
Date of Origin:
Monday, July 12, 2021 7:00 PM PDT
Directly adjacent to and east of Nespelem.
Incident Commander:
Robert Shindelar, NW Team 12
48.229, -119.017

Current Situation

Total Personnel:
Size (Acres):
Estimated Containment Date:
Friday, July 23, 2021 12:00 AM PDT
Fuels Involved:
Brush (2 feet)
Timber (grass and Understory)
Short grass (1 foot)
Significant Events:
Active, with backing and flanking with isolated torching and limited spotting.

Planned Outlook

Planned Actions:
Div-D, improve control
lines and begin to
mop-up. Also secure
incident 90.

Div-G and Div-K, secure unburned and incompletely burned areas by constructing direct fireline or
burning out. Also remove hazard trees
along the Keller Butte
Road. Div-A/Z/W patrol
structures and
perimeter and mop up
as needed.

Night shift, same as day shift actions.
Projected Incident Activity:
12 hours: Minimal spread is expected. Continued threat due to dry fuels. Areas of dirty burn will continue to clean up with occasional torching and spotting.
24 hours: Minimal spread is expected. Continued threat due to dry fuels. Areas of dirty burn will continue to clean up with occasional torching and spotting.
48 hours: Continued elevated fire behavior potential due to slight warming trend and dry fuels and low rh. Areas of dirty burn will continue to clean up.
Last night crews completed control line around Div-D however the line needs to be improved and secured. Crews also conducted burning operations in Div-G to clean up unburned patches. Burning operations should be completed by end of shift today. Four spot fires/slop-overs occurred today, all were picked up. T1 helicopters are being used to support both operations. Div-K/W is securing fireline
and mopping up. Team members are planning for transition back to the local unit. Nespelem and the lower elevations of the fire were again smoked in today.

Weather Synopsis

Weather Concerns:
Today: Weak high pressure built into the region today. This brought warmer temperatures and low relativity to the region. Highs were
92-96 at the lower elevations and 83-87 at the higher elevations.
Relative humidity was 10-18%. A weak disturbance moved through the ridge and resulted in elevated winds. The winds were
10-12 mph with gusts
around 15 mph.

Sunday and Monday: The ridge will strengthen and keep the warm
temperatures and low relative humidity over the region. Temperatures will be 85-95 and relative humidity 10-20% with
southwest-west winds 8-12 mph with gusts 15-20 mph. High level
moisture will move up from the south and this may keep temperatures from getting as hot as forecasted.

Incident Contact

Incident Contact
Fire Information
Email: kathy.moses@colvilletribes.com
Phone: 509-634-2025
Hours: 0800-2000
Fire Unit Information
Colville Agency
Bureau of Indian Affairs
Nespelem, WA 99155

Dispatch Contact

Colville Agency Dispatch Center | Keller, Washington