Fire is 44,515 acres in size…
Significant progress continues to be made in containment of the Williams Flats Fire due to the hard work and dedication of firefighters. Crews will be back on the line today working to build and strengthen lines in the far northeast section of the fire where terrain is difficult. The western and southern section of the fire is in patrol status.
Significant areas of unburned fuels exist within the fire perimeter and these will continue to smolder and be consumed through a slow burn. In fire terms, areas of the Williams Flats Fire had a dirty burn – an area where there is still standing, half-burned fuel susceptible to reburning. Smoke from interior burning is generally not a concern. If you see some active burning closer to the fire’s edge, or anything that is a concern, please call the Fire Information Center at (509) 634-7341.
Weather: Hot and dry conditions will linger into Wednesday as high pressure weakens over the fire. There will be a slight cooling compared to yesterday with middle and high clouds drifting across the fire along with an increase in wind. A cold front is expected to pass over the fire delivering a small potential of a wetting rain overnight into Thursday. Today’s weather will be mostly sunny with a maximum high of 85° with humidity around 22%. South winds 4-8 mph in the morning, increasing to 10-14 mph in the afternoon.
Incident Start: August 2, 2019
Size: 44,515 acres
Fire Containment: 90%
Total Personnel on Incident: 395
Crews – 11
Engines – 21
Ambulances – 2
Dozers – 6
Water Tenders – 10
Skidgens – 4
Evacuations and Closures: Evacuation notices issued for homes near the Williams Flats Fire by the Colville Tribes Emergency Services and the Ferry County Sheriff’s Office have been revised as follows:
• Areas south of Four Corners,
• On or near the shoreline of Lake Roosevelt along the Ninemile-Hellgate Road.
The Kuehne Road area is not under any evacuation orders. There are no longer any “Traffic Control Points” as they were discontinued on Monday, August 12, 2019. “Road Closed” signs have been placed at these locations to keep unnecessary traffic out of areas where fire mop-up and rehabilitation are still in progress. Those areas where traffic is still limited are:
– Kuehne Road south of the junction of Kuehne and Silver Creek;
– The Ninemile-Hellgate road at Friedlander Meadow, just south of the junction with Silver Creek Road; and
– Ninemile-Hellgate road south of Four Corners.
PUBLIC AND FIRE FIGHTER SAFETY IS THE NUMBER ONE PRIORITY
Do not enter into the area of the fire. Fire weakened trees can fall suddenly and hot deep ash pits can cause severe burns and are present throughout the burn area.