Walker Creek
13.3 mi
ENE of Tonasket, WA
Fire Status:
Last Updated:
35 mins, 23 secs ago
Incident #:
Fire Start:
Tuesday, August 3, 2021 8:22 AM PDT

Current Weather

Fire Growth Potential

Fire Weather Forecast

Incident Overview Updated: 14 hours, 59 mins ago

Incident Photo for the Walker Creek Fire

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 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.  

Basic Information

Incident Type:
Date of Origin:
Tuesday, August 3, 2021 3:22 PM PDT
Bonaparte Lake and Wauconda, Washington
Incident Commander:
Andrew Stenbeck - IC
Adam Ernst - IC(t)
Incident Description:
48.778, -119.034

Current Situation

Total Personnel:
Size (Acres):
Estimated Containment Date:
Friday, October 15, 2021 12:00 AM PDT
Fuels Involved:
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.
Significant Events:

Planned Outlook

Planned Actions:
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.

Weather Synopsis

Weather Concerns:
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

Incident Contact

Incident Contact
Walker Fire
Email: 2021.walkercreek@firenet.com
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