This fire ignited on Monday, July 5, 2021 around 1700 hours PT, along Hwy 138 E near Jack Creek and about 15 miles southeast of Pomeroy, as well as southwest of Asotin, Washington. The DRY GULCH FIRE merged in with this incident.

Night time burning operations on Lick Creek Fire.
Credit | USFS

This incident is being managed by the same Pacific Northwest Team 3, an IMT Type 1.

Some personnel have been taken off both of these fires for initial attack on a small lightning-caused fire in the Slick Ear area. No threats to area structures at this time. No containment or number of areas are known.

There has been 73,528 acres of timber and closed timber litter scorched. There is a 50% containment status reached.

This used to be the DRY GULCH FIRE, which merged into the larger fire.

US Forest Service sign on the Umatilla NF surrounded by a controlled burn.
Credit | USFS

Active fire behavior continues with flanking, backing and isolated torching. Light rain fell over the fire ground yesterday but not enough to put the fire out.

Fire crews are patrolling, mopping up and securing fire lines around the fire. To continue with suppression repair. Personnel are working to reach all of their fire objectives.

There are 419 total personnel assigned to this incident, along with six crews, 34 engines and eight helicopters.

About 10 structures have been lost and there has been a CTD reached at $11.9 Million.

Evacuations – Grouse Flats now a Level 1 from a Level 2 (Asotin County), along with Groverland, along with Garfield, Columbia counties.

Area, road and trail closures in effect on the Umatilla National Forest.

Some rain fell over the fire ground.

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