Wildfire Incident Report

Prepared: Thursday, October 21, 2021 10:32:00 PM PDT

Wildfire Incident Report


Fire, Weather & Avalanche Center
La Grande, OR, USA
www.fireweatheravalanche.org
Incident #
2021-WACOF-002348
FWAC Incident ID
207087
Incident Name
Bulldog Mountain Fire
Last Updated
Thursday, October 21, 2021 10:07 PM PDT
(24 mins, 57 secs ago)
Fire Reported
Thursday, August 5, 2021 4:08 PM PDT
(2 months ago)
State
Washington
Incident Type
Wildfire
Location
81.5 miles NNW of Spokane, WA
Responsible Agency
US Forest Service
Responsible Fire Unit
Colville National Forest
Fuels
Grass, Shrub, Tmber
Notes
Patrol status
Current Weather
Fire Growth Potential
Fire Weather Forecast
Incident Overview

The Bulldog Mountain & Mack Mountain Fires started August 5, 2021 and are burning 20 miles north of Kettle Falls, WA on the Colville National Forest.  Northwest Incident Management Team 7 assumed command August 21, 2021 at 7:00 am.  The lightning caused fires are burning in steep, rugged terrain with limited access.  Area and road closures are in place.  Boulder Creek Hwy and State Route 395 remain open.  The incident command post is located at the community college of Spokane in Colville, WA.

Incident Type
Wildfire
Cause
Lightning
Date of Origin
Thursday August 05th, 2021 approx. 03:00 PM
Location
20 miles N of Kettle Falls, WA
Incident Commander
Nate LeFevre
Coordinates
48.791, -118.271
Total Personnel
121
Size (Acres)
5,490
Containment
53%
Estimated Containment Date
Friday October 01st, 2021 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved
Heavy Logging Slash
Timber (Litter and Understory)
Significant Events
Overnight trace of precipitations (less than .05") has moderated fire behavior on the Bulldog Mountain Fire. Fire behavior includes smoldering, creeping, and backing, with isolate areas of surface fire spread
primarily on the southeast corner, and northern portion of the fire. Heavy fuels (log ends, concentrations, and stump holes) continue to consume due to drying effects of Summer drying.
Planned Actions
Mop-up from burn operations on the south end of fire. Initiate clean up burning as conditions allow. Transition to local unit.
Projected Incident Activity
12 hours:
Limited overnight fire spread expected. Heavy fuels (log ends, stump holes, and
concentrations) will continue to hold heat and consume in place due to dryness. Smoke
production will continue and can be expected to settle into valleys.
24 hours:
Seasonally warm and dry conditions will provide for slightly increased fire behavior and areas of fire spread within identified containment lines. Backing, flanking, creeping, and areas of active surface fire spread is anticipated. Primary areas with active fire behavior are on southern aspects. Preheated timber canopy with sufficient surface fire may cause isolated
torching. Heavy fuels (log ends, stump holes, and concentrations) will continue to hold heat and consume in-place due to seasonal dryness. Smoke production from fire activity will be visible in the general area.
48 hours:
Seasonally warm and dry conditions will provide for slightly increased fire behavior and areas of fire spread within identified containment lines. Backing, flanking, creeping, and areas of active surface fire spread is anticipated. Primary areas with active fire behavior are on southern aspects. Preheated timber canopy with sufficient surface fire may cause isolated
torching. Heavy fuels (log ends, stump holes, and concentrations) will continue to hold heat and consume in-place due to seasonal dryness. Smoke production from fire activity will be visible in the general area.
72 hours:
Continued warm and dry conditions will reduce surface fuel moistures on exposed aspects and wind favored slopes. Smoldering, creeping and isolated areas of surface fire spread are anticipated. Isolated torching is likely where sources of heat and a low timber canopy are likely. Heavy fuels (log ends, stump holes, and concentrations) will continue to hold heat and
consume in-place due to dryness. Additional smoke production likely due to increase in active perimeter and interior fire activity.
Weather Concerns
Cumulus clouds developed during the day over Bulldog Mountain and Mack Mountain but with less cloud coverage compared to Tuesday. Temperatures were a little warmer and the humidity was a
little lower as a result. Afternoon temperatures ranged from 55 to 65 degrees, and the humidity ranged from 38 to 48 percent. Winds were light from the north-northwest at 3 to 8 mph along the ridgetops.
The weather pattern changes little through Friday, therefore the temperatures, humidity and the wind forecast will be similar to today. An increasing southwest flow will bring warmer temperatures
and lower humidity this weekend through early next week. High pressure will also strengthen for dry and stable conditions.
Incident Contact
Cheyne Rossbach
Phone: 208-907-1829
Fire Unit Information
Colville National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Washington
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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