Wildfire Incident Report

Prepared: Wednesday, November 30, 2022 12:44:55 PM PST

Wildfire Incident Report

Fire, Weather & Avalanche Center
La Grande, OR, USA
Incident #
FWAC Incident ID
Incident Name
Boulder Mountain Fire
Last Updated
Wednesday, October 26, 2022 12:00 PM PDT
(1 month ago)
Fire Reported
Wednesday, August 31, 2022 11:00 AM PDT
(3 months ago)
Incident Type
17.1 miles NE of Chewelah, WA
Current Weather

Fire Growth Potential
Fire Weather Forecast
Incident Overview

The Boulder Mountain Fire was detected on Wednesday August 31, 2022 at approximately 8:30pm. The fire is located in the Tacoma Creek and Boulder Mountain area, 9 miles northwest of Cusick, Washington. The fire is burning on Federal, State, and Private land. The terrain is difficult and the fire is burning in heavy timber, slash, and beetle infested trees.

Incident Type
Under Investigation
Date of Origin
Wednesday August 31st, 2022 approx. 06:00 PM
Nine (9) miles northwest of Cusick, WA in the Tacoma Creek and Boulder Mountain area.
Incident Commander
Brian Gales
Northwest Team 13
Incident Description
48.468, -117.493
Total Personnel
Size (Acres)
Estimated Containment Date
Friday September 30th, 2022 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved
Timber (Litter and Understory) Medium Logging Slash

The mixed ownership of private and federal lands coupled with differing elevations provides a checkerboard mosaic of fuel types. Mixed aged classes of timber young managed stands to decadent second growth timber are spread across the landscape. Higher elevations are comprised of shrub and grass fuels on the south and west exposures while subalpine fir is predominant on the remaining north and east aspects.
Warm and dry conditions have allowed ERC levels to rebound. Forecasted ERC values reveal an upward trajectory that could reach the 90th percentile in one week if current weather conditions persist. Current forecast shows no precipitation going into October but good RH recovery will likely help to flatten the upward trajectory.
Significant Events
Smoldering and creeping fire activity have persisted for several days. Suppression efforts have been successful in confining fire in current footprint. Fire activity expected to produce more smoke with warm dry conditions. Fire is expected to remain within the established perimeter.
Planned Actions
Crews will continue to mop up areas along fire line and hot spots within the fire perimeter. Repair of roadways, dozer line, and hand line is being employed on all divisions.
Projected Incident Activity
Warm and dry conditions. Minimal fire activity expected, smoldering and creeping
Fire Acres by Ownership USFS 753.2 33%
Private 1,556.47 67%
Weather Concerns
Sunny skies and seasonably warm temperatures were observed today with highs in the 60s/70s and humidity minimums of 30 to 40 percent. Winds were generally light, and terrain driven with speeds under 5 mph

High pressure will continue to build across the region through Tuesday, dry weather persisting. It will trend warmer with near record high temperatures Tuesday. Winds are expected to be mainly terrain driven with speeds 10 mph or less. High temperatures are forecast in the 70s/80s both Monday and Tuesday, and humidity minimums of 25 to 35 percent.
Incident Contact
Boulder Mountain Fire Information
Email: 2022.bouldermountain@firenet.gov
Phone: 509-508-3389
Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Fire Unit Information
Colville National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Colville, WA 99114
Incident Map

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