The Walker Creek Fire was reported on August 3, 2021. Initially, the area included the Walker Creek and Spur fires, however, the two fires merged on August 14 during a high wind event. The combined Walker Creek Fire is located approximately 13 miles east/northeast of Tonasket, Washington, surrounding Lake Bonaparte.
On September 8th at 6:00 am, Type 3 Incident Management Team Northeast Team 3 assumed command of the Walker Creek Fire.
Fire Information for the fires can be reached at: (509) 557-7257.
Fire Restrictionsare 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.
Date of Origin:
Tuesday, August 3, 2021 3:22 PM PDT
Bonaparte Lake and Wauconda, Washington
Andrew Stenbeck - IC Adam Ernst - IC(t)
Estimated Containment Date:
Friday, October 15, 2021 12:00 AM PDT
Timber (Grass and Understory) Closed Timber Timber (Litter and Understory) Narrative: Mixed conifer timber consisting of Douglas-fir, western larch, Engelmann spruce, and lodgepole pine below 6,000. Sub-alpine fir, white bark pine, and lodgepole pine occur above 6,000. 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.
Minimal Backing Creeping Smoldering
Div-A/F/H/T: Patrol and mop up as necessary. Continue to work with READs on fire line repair work. Div-Q: Monitor fire progression. Continue working with READs to begin repair work on fire line. Repair Group: Work with Resource Advisors to repair roads and interior dozer lines. All divisions - Backhaul all unnecessary equipment.
Projected Incident Activity:
12 hours: Minimal fire behavior is expected due to cooler temperatures and rising relative humidity's 24 hours: Minimal fire behavior is expected due to cooler temperatures and rising relative humidity's. 48 hours: Minimal fire behavior is expected due to cooler temperatures, precipitation, and rising relative humidity's. 72 hours: Minimal fire behavior is expected due to significant moisture and cooler temperatures.
Resources will support local initial attack if needed. Spike-type camps have been established for the fires in order to mitigate Covid risk.
The Walker Creek Fire will experience a surge of north winds with evening with gusts of 20 mph or more likely on ridges and other areas exposed to north winds. Thursday morning will be quite cool with low temperatures in the upper 20's in the sheltered valleys and low to mid 30s on mid slopes and ridges. Rain chances will increase Friday into Friday night. With off and on rain through the weekend, the fire will have a good shot of up to a half inch of total precipitation by Monday
Walker Fire Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 509-557-7257 Hours: 0500-9:00 PM
Fire Unit Information
Northeast Region-Department of Natural Resources 225 S. Silke Road Colville, WA 99114