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 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:
Wednesday, August 4, 2021 12:00 AM PDT
15 Miles west of Tonasket, Washington
Jeff Dimke - IC Bobby Shindelar - Deputy IC
Estimated Containment Date:
Friday, October 15, 2021 12:00 AM PDT
Timber (Litter and Understory) Timber (Grass and Understory) Light Logging Slash Narrative: 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.
Moderate Creeping Smoldering Backing Narrative: 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.
All divisions - Secure fire line within its existing footprint. Patrol and mop up as necessary to prevent fire escape. Backhaul all unnecessary equipment.
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.
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.
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 Washington Colville, WA 99114