Chickadee Creek Fire | WA

Monday Update — September 6, 2021


Date, Time, Location | The Chickadee Creek Fire is located 16 miles northwest of Tonasket, which was sparked by an undetermined cause on August 4, 2021.

Cause | Some unconfirmed speculation reports that the start of this fire is due to lightning as numerous other nearby starts have been determined to be of the same nature as lightning-caused.

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Credit — USFS/Colville NF

Size Up | At the time of this post, the fire has destroyed 5,847 acres, but fire resources have successfully reached a 65% containment status.

Fire Operations | Firefighters continue to patrol the fire perimeter and with mop-up operations of any heat near the containment lines.


Evacuations | See info here —

Colville NF | Fire Restrictions —

Okanogan County | Fire Restrictions —

Bureau of Land Management (BLM) | Fire Restrictions —

Colville National Forest | Fire Restrictions —

Washington Department of Natural Resources (WA DNR) | Fire Restrictions —


Resources | Fire | 415 personnel, eight hand crews, 32 engines, 30 pieces of heavy equipment, 14 water tenders, two copters and one fixed wing. Resources are being shared between this wildfire incident and the WALKER CREEK FIRE.

Command | NWIMT 12, with Jeff Dimke and Bobby Shindelar as Incident Commanders (ICs).

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WA’s Chickadee Creek Fire

Friday Update – August 27, 2021

The Chickadee Creek Fire is located 16 miles northwest of Tonasket, which has burned about 5,199 acres of timber and light slash is now 15% contained.

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Credit | Colville National Forest

It was sparked by an unknown cause on August 4, 2021.

Fire behavior is moderate with flanking, backing and single tree torching.

This fire incident along with the Walker Creek Fire are being managed by the WA DNR’s northwest Region NW Team 12, an Type 2 IMT.

There are about 222 total personnel with six crews and eight engines.

Total Cost-to-date has reached $4 Million Dollars.

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Summit Trail Fire | Inchelium WA

A wildfire named the Summit Trail Fire is burning about 15.26 miles west of Inchelium, Washington on the Colville Indian Reservation, which ignited from lightning on July 13, 2021.

Fire behavior remains active with uphill runs and short crown runs. There has been 118,540 acres of slash, timber and brush consumed. A 12% containment status has been reached.

A fire engine watches a smoky forest, a  hoseline runs down a road
Credit | BIA

There are 816 total personnel attached to this incident along with 13 crews, 28 engines, 12 dozers, 27 water tenders and five copters. As of 1000 hours this morning, the NW IMT Team 7, IC Jason Loomis have taken over command. They are also managing the Chuweah Creek Fire.

Evacuations in progress.

LEVEL 1 (Get Ready)

  • Lafleur south on hall Creek Road to Hall Creek Flat
  • Seyler Valley road south to Bridge Creek Road
  • Bridge Creek Road (including Mollenberg Lane) to edge of Twin Lakes


  • Sitdown Creek Road at County Hwy 99
  • Reservation closed to industrial activities and the general public

Total cost-to-date for fire suppression and containment efforts have reached $10.3 Million.

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