Upper Lime Creek
59.8 mi
WNW of Spokane, WA
Fire Status:
Last Updated:
35 mins, 37 secs ago
Incident #:
Fire Start:
Wednesday, August 4, 2021 1:05 PM PDT
Dispatch Notes:
Contain: 08/22/21 0905
Primary Fire Agency

Bureau of Indian Affairs — Colville Agency

Current Weather

Fire Growth Potential

Fire Weather Forecast

Incident Overview Updated: 2 weeks ago

Incident Photo for the Upper Lime Creek Fire

The Upper Lime Creek Fire was started by lightning on August 4th and is located about 6 miles north of Keller, Washington on the Colville Reservation. Northwest Incident Management Team 10, under the leadership of Incident Commander Al Lawson, is fighting this fire with the objective of full suppression to minimize the size and duration. This fire is being managed jointly with the Summit Trail Fire.

Basic Information

Incident Type:
Date of Origin:
Wednesday, August 4, 2021 12:00 AM PDT
6 miles North of Keller
Incident Commander:
Mount Tolman Fire Center
Incident Description:
48.156, -118.717

Current Situation

Total Personnel:
Size (Acres):
Estimated Containment Date:
Wednesday, September 8, 2021 12:00 AM PDT
Fuels Involved:
Closed Timber Litter
Timber (Litter and Understory)
Light Logging Slash

Fuels in the area are a mix of managed timber stands of Douglas-fir, ponderosa pine and mixed conifer, and recent timber harvest units with scattered logging slash and plantations. Grasses are fully cured and shrubs are showing signs of drought stress.
Significant Events:
Aggressive suppression activities are being conducted that are likely to be successful under current hot and dry conditions. Cold front passage should bring cooler and moist conditions and moderate fire behavior. All fuels are critically dry and live vegetation is drought stressed.

Planned Outlook

Planned Actions:
Continue to monitor, hold and improve holding lines. Summit Trail resources will return to summit Trail incident tomorrow (8/16/21).
Projected Incident Activity:
12 hours:
Relative humidity will increase throughout the night and into the morning moderating fire behavior. Conditions under timber canopy and in shaded/sheltered locations have dried sufficiently to support fire behavior including creeping, backing, with surface fire spread. Consumption of heavy fuels will continue resources extinguished.
24 hours: Chance of precipitation with moderated conditions and fire activities will be creeping and smoldering. Drought stricken heavy fuels continue to burn until totally consumed or extinguished by suppression efforts. Some moderate weather conditions will produce reduce potential for surface fire spread where available fuels are present. Continued aggressive mop-up operations will reduce production and volume of smoke in the area.
48 hours: Seasonally cool conditions should keep fire behavior moderated. Continued mop-up will further reduce production and volume of smoke in the area.
72 hours: Same as above

Weather Synopsis

Weather Concerns:
Poor humidity recovery was observed at area observation stations for another night with maximum overnight relative humidity observed in the middle 20's to around 40 percent and overnight lows in the upper 60s and 70s. Temperatures today have risen into the lower 90s with relative humidity being driven into the teens. Terrain driven winds early in the day have given way to strengthening southwest winds in advance of a cold front approaching the region. The combination of low RH and gusty winds is responsible for a Red Flag Warning including the fire area today.
The cold front is anticipated to cross the area very late Monday afternoon or early Monday evening. This should allow temperatures to warm into the 70s and lower 80s with humidity in the upper 20s and lower 30s. Increasing clouds will help to keep rising temperatures in check until the front arrives. Winds ahead of the front will be westerly, becoming northwesterly in the evening after the front passes.
Cooler air will surge into the area, with low temperatures of around 50 degrees anticipated Tuesday morning. Temperatures and humidity are expected to change little on Tuesday thanks to gusty northwest winds, a mostly cloudy sky, and a chance for showers and even an isolated thunderstorm. Rainfall is likely to be light and somewhat spotty, but wetting rainfall remains one possible outcome.
Expect fair weather to return Wednesday, though a slow warming trend will commence, expect cooler and more humid weather to prevail to the weekend.

Incident Contact

Incident Contact
Summit Trail and Upper Lime Creek Fire Info
Email: 2021.summittrail@firenet.gov
Phone: 385-999-1380
Hours: 7 am - 10 pm
Fire Unit Information
Colville Agency
Bureau of Indian Affairs
Nespelem, WA 99155

Dispatch Contact

Colville Agency Dispatch Center | Keller, Washington