Wildfire Incident Report

Prepared: Thursday, October 21, 2021 11:14:43 PM PDT

Wildfire Incident Report

Fire, Weather & Avalanche Center
La Grande, OR, USA
Incident #
FWAC Incident ID
Incident Name
Chickadee Creek Fire
Last Updated
Thursday, October 21, 2021 11:07 PM PDT
(7 mins, 42 secs ago)
Fire Reported
Wednesday, August 4, 2021 1:48 PM PDT
(2 months ago)
Incident Type
22 miles WSW of Oroville, WA
Responsible Agency
Department of Natural Resources
Responsible Fire Unit
Northeast Region
Heavy Timber
Contain: 09/17/21 1715
Current Weather
Fire Growth Potential
Fire Weather Forecast
Incident Overview

The Chickadee Creek Fire was reported on August 4, 2021. The fire is is located approximately 15 miles west of Tonasket, Washington.

On August 26 at 9:00 am, Type 2 Incident Management Team Northwest Team 12 assumed command of the Chickadee Creek Fire. At the same time, Northwest Team 12 additionally assumed command of the Walker Creek Fire. 
Fire Information for the fires can be reached at: (509) 557-7257.

Fire Restrictions are in effect around the area. For specific fire restrictions see, 

- Washington’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR): https://tinyurl.com/7ypskezs

- Colville National Forest: https://tinyurl.com/pt4kc8rc 

- Okanogan County: https://tinyurl.com/jbt2xth4

- Bureau of Land Management: https://tinyurl.com/faws8t5d 

There are Fire Closures in the area. For updated closures see,
- Washington DNR: https://tinyurl.com/f7ux5c 
- Colville National Forest:  https://tinyurl.com/98btptxu

Donations are not needed. Our firefighters are well supplied with everything they need, so community donations are not necessary. Please consider donating to community groups that are supporting local families who have been affected by the fire.  

Incident Type
Date of Origin
Wednesday August 04th, 2021 approx. 12:00 AM
15 Miles west of Tonasket, Washington
Incident Commander
Jeff Dimke - IC
Bobby Shindelar - Deputy IC
Incident Description
48.763, -119.788
Total Personnel
Size (Acres)
Estimated Containment Date
Friday October 15th, 2021 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved
Timber (Litter and Understory)
Timber (Grass and Understory)
Light Logging Slash
Mixed conifer timber consisting of Douglas-fir, western larch, Engelmann spruce, and lodgepole pine below 5500'. Isolated pockets of Sub-alpine fir, white bark pine at the highest elevations. All timber types have ladder fuels with black moss/lichens that make for an easy transition to crown fire. Dead fine fuels, grass, and slash will increase surface fire spread. Most live fuels, except for red alder, are available to carry fire and fuel moistures will continue to drop with seasonal drying.
Significant Events
Minimal fire behavior over most of the fire. A few isolated areas with moderate fire behavior in interior
unburned islands with backing, flanking and isolated torching.
Planned Actions
All divisions - Secure fire line within its existing footprint. Patrol and mop up as necessary to prevent fire escape. Backhaul
all unnecessary
Projected Incident Activity
12 hours: Primarily scattered smoldering and creeping fire behavior. In very limited areas, interior unburned islands and areas of dirty burns will slow back and flank. Potential exists for isolated torching until dark.
24 hours: Moderate fire behavior potential continues with warmer and drier conditions. Primarily
scattered smoldering and creeping fire behavior. In limited areas, backing, flanking and isolated torching in unburned islands and areas of dirty burns.
48 hours: Moderate fire behavior potential continues with warm, dry and breezy conditions. Primarily scattered smoldering and creeping fire behavior. In limited areas, backing, flanking and isolated torching in unburned islands and areas of dirty burns.
72 hours: Moderate fire behavior potential with slightly cooler weather. Primarily scattered smoldering and creeping fire behavior. In limited areas, backing, flanking and isolated torching in unburned islands and areas of dirty burns.
Anticipated after 72 hours: Long term fire behavior will depend on the weather, amount of residual heat, and the ability for the fire to move into available fuels.
Resources will support
local initial attack if
needed. The fire will transition to the local
unit (DNR NE) at 0600
on 9/8 with in-brief on
9/7 at 0800. Resources are demobing as they time out so there will be no significant demob date.
Spike-type camps have been established for the fires in order to mitigate Covid risk. Operational crews
are being tested for Covid if they desire to.
Weather Concerns
A weak Pacific low pressure system and associated cold front moved over the area Saturday night and Sunday. The impacts to the fire were minimal as rain showers stayed well north and west of the
fires. The abundant clouds with the system did keep Sunday morning temperatures mild and relative humidity recovery low. Sunday's skies continued variably cloudy which cooled temperatures a couple of degrees, kept minimum relative humidity
about 5% higher, and lowered expected wind speeds below breezy levels. Today the region will be under building high pressure with deep and dry westerly flow over the fires. Temperatures warmed a couple of degrees with highs in the middle 70s. Drier air moved in to lower relative humidity into the lower and middle 20% range. Winds
remained generally light and mostly westerly, with some gusts near 15 mph over higher
exposed areas.

Tuesday the axis of a high pressure ridge moves over the fires. This means warmer and drier conditions, with above normal temperatures and low relative humidity. High temperatures will reach the upper 70s to near 80 over the fires, with valley
temperatures near 90. Minimum relative humidity will fall to the upper teens and lower 20s. Winds will be generally light and variable, driven by local terrain influences. Wednesday and Thursday a pair of low pressure systems pass across the fires. This will elevate
fire weather concerns with increased winds both days. Both of these features look to move across the fires without bringing any precipitation. Temperatures will cool Thursday, with moderate gains
in relative humidity Thursday into the weekend.
Incident Contact
Chickadee Creek Fire
Email: 2021.Walkercreek@firenet.gov
Phone: 509-557-7257
Hours: M-S 8:00 to 9:00PM
Fire Unit Information
Colville National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Colville, WA 99114
Dispatch Contact
Northeast Washington Interagency Communications Center | Colville, WA
Phone: 509-685-6900
Website: https://gacc.nifc.gov/nwcc/districts/NEWICC
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