Wildfire Incident Information
Terrain
Satellite
OSM
This fire is no longer active
0% contained
Fire Status
OUT
Last Updated
10 months ago
Fire Start
Friday, August 18, 2023 3:38 AM PDT
Incident #
2023-WANES-001972
Fuels
TIMBER/LITTER
Dispatch Notes
STAFFED 9/19 | Contain: 09/05/2023 18:00
Primary Fire Agency

Department of Natural Resources — Northeast Region

Current Weather

Fire Growth Potential

Fire Weather Forecast

Incident Overview

Inciweb information was updated: 11 months ago

A Type 3 Incident Management Team assumed command of the Crater Creek Fire at 6am on August 20, 2023. The lightning-caused fire began in British Columbia, 11 miles southwest of Keremeos, on July 22 at 3pm and has progressed past the US/Canadian border. The fire is burning in remote and rugged terrain with poor access, it is not currently threatening critical infrastructure or municipal watershed integrity. A Type 3 Incident Management Team assumed command of the Crater Creek Fire at 6am on August 20, 2023. The lightning-caused fire began in British Columbia, 11 miles southwest of Keremeos, on July 22 at 3pm and has progressed past the US/Canadian border. The fire is burning in remote and rugged terrain with poor access, it is not currently threatening critical infrastructure or municipal watershed integrity.

Basic Incident Details

Last Updated
Sun, Aug 20, 2023 5:38 PM UTC
Incident Type
Wildfire
Cause
Lightning/Natural
Fire Discovered
Sat, Jul 22, 2023 3:00 PM UTC
Location
Within the Pasayten Wilderness
Incident Commander
NE Washington IMT Type 3 #2
IC: Shane Robson
Coordinates
48.999416666667, -119.87572222222

Current Situation

Total Personnel
100
Size
8,000 Acres
Containment
0%
Fuels Involved

Patchy, dry fuels

Significant Events

A confine/contain suppression strategy is being implemented, including the improvement of old dozer line and fuel breaks from past fires. Fire behavior varies greatly, due to the almost 5,000 feet of elevation difference the fire is burning in. Fuels are patchy but provide the potential for torching and large runs.

Firefighter and public safety are the highest priorities. Please check up to date road closure information on the websites below. Communication with British Columbia fire officials is ongoing.

Planned Outlook

Remarks
Closures: Closure Orders have been issued by the US Forest Service, BLM, and DNR.

USFS: Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest and the Colville National Forest for the following campgrounds, roads, and trails:
Developed Campgrounds Closed
Long Swamp Campground, 14 Mile Campground
Roads Closed
FSR 3900100, 110, 105, FSR 3900395, FSR 3900415, FSR 3900500 (Iron Gate), 502, 505, 510, 515
Trails Closed
Trail No. 340 Long Draw, Trail No. 341 Deer Park, Trail No. 342 Windy Peak, Trail No. 343 Clutch Peak, Trail No. 360 Basin Creek, Trail No. 362 Windy Peak, Trail No. 375 Albert Camp, Trail No. 387 Middle Fork, Trail No. 505 Coleman Ridge from junction with Trail No. 561 north to junction with Trail No. 510, Trail No. 510 Chewuch from junction with 510A Cathedral Driveway north to junction with Trail No. 565 Lesamiz, Trail No. 533 Boundary Trail (Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail) from the junction of the lower Cathedral Lake Trail No. 545 junction east to the Forest Service boundary with the Loomis State Forest, Trail No. 533.2 Smith Lake, Trail No. 534 Tungsten Creek, Trail No. 561 Fire Creek
https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/colville/alerts-notices or https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/okawen/alerts-notices
 
WA DNR: The WA Department of Natural Resources has closed the northern block of the Loomis NRCA. This closure includes the Disappointment Trailhead, as well as Cold Springs Campground, Cold Springs Overlook, and Chopaka Lake Campground. The Cold Springs Road is closed 6 miles past the intersection with Toats Coulee Road, and the Fourteen Mile Road is closed 1 mile past the intersection with Toats Coulee Road. https://www.dnr.wa.gov/LoomisLoupLoup
 
BLM: The Chopaka Lake Campground is closed until further notice.