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Latest updates on wildfires burning in Washington, North Idaho

Here is the latest information on wildfires burning in Eastern and Central Washington, North Idaho and Montana.

SPOKANE, Wash. — Wildfire season is underway in both Washington and Idaho.

There are more than a dozen fires burning in Eastern and Central Washington, Idaho and Montana. According to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center, Washington state had six large wildfires on July 19, 2020. But as of July 19, 2021, it's reporting 17. That means fire crews are responding to more large fires, earlier in the season.  

The Pacific Northwest is no stranger to catastrophic events. More than 800,000 acres burned in 2020's deadly wildfire season. Fire officials believe his year may be significantly worse.

Here is a running list of wildfires burning in Washington and Idaho:

Washington

Steptoe Canyon Fire

  • Location: Whitman County near the town of Colton 
  • Size: 2,605 acres
  • Containment: 80%
  • Cause: Under Investigation 
  • Evacuations: None
  • Closures:  Steptoe Canyon Road 
  • Shelter info: Unknown
  • Structure loss and injuries: Unknown

Northrup Canyon Fire

  • Location: Grant County near Electric City
  • Size: 442 acres
  • Containment: 20%
  • Cause: Under Investigation 
  • Evacuations: Level 2 evacuations are in place for about 40 homes in the areas east of Highway 155 between milepost 18 and Osborn Bay Campground Road.  A Level 2 evacuation means to 'get set', because the fire is growing or spreading. The is currently one home with a level three evacuation.
  • Closures: None
  • Shelter info: Unknown
  • Structure loss and injuries: Unknown

Cedar Creek Fire

  • Location: Okanogan County near Mazama
  • Size: 24,647 acres
  • Containment: 11%
  • Cause: Unknown
  • Evacuations: A Level 3 Immediate Evacuation has been issued for the area on the State Route 20 side of the Methow River from the Mazama entrance (Lost River Road) east towards Winthrop to the Mazama Bible Camp Road (SR 20 from Mazama to MP 182). 
  • Closures: State Route 20 (North Cascades Highway) remains closed at milepost 185 (7 miles west of Winthrop) to milepost 165 to all traffic due to fire activity. The Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest has implemented a Fire Emergency Area Closure as of July 15, 2021. The Closure includes facilities, roads, and trails. The Closure may be viewed in its entirety at the “Cedar Creek and Delancy Fires 2021” Facebook page.
  • Shelter info: A Red Cross Shelter is in Stand-by status at the Methow Valley Elementary School in the Eagle Gym. Call 509-670-5331 to contact the shelter.

Cub Creek 2 Fire

  • Location: Okanogan County near Winthrop 
  • Size: 42,785 acres
  • Containment: 10%
  • Cause: Under investigation
  • Evacuations: The Okanogan County Emergency Management (OCEM) evacuations for the Chewuch River drainage have been reevaluated and remain in effect.  Please consult OCEM information resources for current evacuations.  Residents leaving Evacuation Level 3 areas should be extremely cautious, drive slowly, and watch for firefighters and firefighting equipment on the roadway.  
  • Closures: A new emergency Forest Closure Order has been issued by the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest which closes the fire area and multiple roads, campgrounds, and trails.  
  • Shelter info: There is a stand-by shelter located at the Methow Valley Elementary School in the Eagle Gymnasium.

Red Apple Fire

  • Location: In Wenatchee, near Sunnyslope
  • Size: 12,288 acres
  • Containment: 90%
  • Cause: Under Investigation 
  • Evacuations: All evacuation levels have been removed with one exception: the unpaved portion of Burch Mountain Rd has been reduced from a Level 3 to a Level 2.
  • Closures:  The Washington State Department of Transportation closed a four-mile stretch of US 97A just north of Wenatchee due to fire activity Wednesday morning. Both directions of US 97A are closed between Ohme Gardens Rd. and Swakane Canyon Rd. Drivers are asked to avoid the area and use US 97 as an alternate route. There is currently no estimated time of reopening.
  • Shelter info: The Red Cross opened a shelter at the Seventh Day Adventist Church located at 508 N Western Ave. in Wenatchee for anyone needing shelter due to the fire.
  • Structure loss and injuries: Unknown

Chuweah Creek Fire

  • Location: East of Nespelem 
  • Size: 36,820  acres 
  • Containment: 50%
  • Cause: Lightning
  • Evacuations: Level 1 evacuation notifications are in place for residents of the town of Nespelem as well as the town of Keller, Buffalo Lake and McGinnis Lake communities and the San Poil Valley/Highway 21 corridor from South Nanamkin to the Keller Ferry.  Evacuation Levels have been reduced from Level 2 to Level 1 for residences at Owhi Flats and east of Owhi Lake, as well as residences along Cache Creek Rd.  
  • Closures:  Closures remain for Cache Creek Road, Buffalo Lake Road between Manila and Cache Creek Rd. and Cache Creek (Agency) Cut Off Road 
  • Shelter info: Evacuation Center is located at the Lake Roosevelt High School Gymnasium, Coulee Dam, WAThere is also an evacuation center at the Nespelem Community Center at Schoolhouse Loop Road. Residences of the Colville Tribal Convalescence Center were evacuated to the Coulee House, Coulee Dam, WA.  
  • Structure loss and injuries: 14 structures, including 7 outbuildings and 7 homes.

Dry Gulch Fire

Also known as the Lick Creek or Asotin Complex Fire

  • Location: Dry Gulch area west of Asotin Creek Road
  • Size: 78,158 acres 
  • Containment: 55%
  • Cause: Lightning
  • Evacuations: Asotin County downgraded the Grouse Flats evacuation zone from a Level 2 to a Level 1. The Level 1 Evacuation for Groverland and Anetone Evacuation Zones have been dropped. Garfield and Columbia Counties Level 1 Evacuation Zones remain in place. 
  • Closures:  All Forest Service lands, roads, and trails within the Pomeroy Ranger of the Umatilla National Forest are closed. 
  • Shelter info: Evacuees are able to take shelter at Echo Hills Church in Lewiston. Livestock and large animals can be evacuated to the Livestock Market at 3200 E Main St, Lewiston, Idaho.
  • Structure loss and injuries: 6 outbuildings lost and 450 structures threatened

Batterman Fire

  • Location: Douglas County near East Wenatchee
  • Size: 14,100 acres
  • Containment: 100%
  • Evacuations: None
  • Road closures: None
  • Shelter info: An emergency shelter through the Red Cross located at Eastmont High School has closed.
  • Structure loss and injuries: None

Goddard Road

  • Location: 1 mile northeast of Rice and 1 mile southeast of Kettle Falls
  • Size: 815 acres
  • Containment: 65%
  • Evacuations: All level 3 evacuations have been dropped to level 2.  Level 2 means to be prepared to leave at a moment’s notice.  
  • Road closures: None
  • Shelter info: None
  • Structure loss and injuries: One structure destroyed

Sherwood Fire

  • Location: 2 miles Northeast of Wellpinit 
  • Size: 700 acres
  • Containment: 20%
  • Evacuations: Level 3 evacuations are in place for the area of Drum Road and Cottonwood Road. This means get out now. Level 2 evacuations are in place east of Wilkinson Road including the Boardman housing area. 
  • Road closures: Drum, Cottonwood and Wilkinson
  • Shelter info: Wellpinit High School has been opened as a shelter for the Sherwood Fire.
  • Structure loss and injuries: None

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Idaho

Snake River Complex Fire 

  • Location: Approximately 20 miles south of Lewiston
  • Size: 107,679 acres
  • Containment: 74%
  • Cause: Lightning
  • Evacuations:  Nez Perce Sheriff’s Office has adjusted the evacuation level for the Zaza and Deer Creek roads from “GO” to “SET”. Residents of the following areas remain in “SET” stage: Stagecoach Road, the Redbird Road, Waha Glen, Waha Road, and all spur roads. Conditions can change at any time, please delay the return of livestock and important household items. Lewis County Sheriff’s Office has adjusted the evacuation stage to 1, or the “READY” stage for the Forest, Morrowtown, and North Road areas. The Steven’s Road area that was previously in the Ready stage is being taken off of all evacuation status.  
  • Road closures: Road closures remain for the Forest and Morrowtown Roads, except for residents and emergency personnel. Road access is restricted to residents only on Zaza Road at Deer Creek and from Redbird Road South in Nez Perce County and Deer Creek Road to Soldier Meadow in Lewis County.
  • Shelter info: The Red Cross has a shelter at the Echo Hills Church in Lewiston.
  • Structure loss and injuries: None

Dixie Fire

  • Location: 40 miles southeast of Grangeville and 15 miles south of Elk City, near the community of Dixie
  • Size: 31,124 acres
  • Containment: 12%
  • Cause: Lightning
  • Evacuations: Evacuation orders continue to be in place in the communities around the fire perimeter including the Dixie/Comstock Area, Mallard, and White Water Ranch. 
  • Road closures: Dixie road is open intermittently at this time. The fire is approximately 200 feet from the road and if it gets to the road, the road will be closed until further notice. A portion of the Red River Ranger District and portions of several other ranger districts of the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests are under closure. 
  • Shelter info: None
  • Structure loss and injuries: None

Mission Flats Fire

  • Location: Cataldo, Idaho near the Cataldo Mission
  • Size: 102 acres
  • Containment: Firefighters mopping up
  • Evacuations: None
  • Road closures: I-90 eastbound near Cataldo is currently down to one lane and people are asked to be cautious but keep moving.
  • Shelter info: None
  • Structure loss and injuries: None

Trestle Creek Complex Fire

  • Location: 7 miles north of Hope, Idaho
  • Size: 436 acres
  • Containment: 37
  • %
  • Cause: Lightning
  • Evacuations: None
  • Road closures: The Trestle Creek Road has been closed just above the Huckleberry Campground and the Lightning Creek Road has been closed just above the junction of Rattle Creek Road and Lightning Creek Road.
  • Shelter info: None
  • Structure loss and injuries: 2 injuries

Cougar Rock Complex Fire

  • Location: 17 miles Northeast of Elk River, ID 
  • Size: 6,214 acres; 14 total fires in complex
  • Containment: 27%
  • Cause: Lightning
  • Evacuations: None
  • Closures: There is a Temporary Flight Restriction in place for the air space over the fires to lessen impacts to local aviation operators. Clearwater County Sheriff has issued two closures for firefighters and public safety: Granddad Bridge on the Dworshak Reservoir and Captain’s Cabin near Elk River. These roads remain open for fire and industrial traffic. Five additional closures are in place for public and firefighter safety: 1) St. Maries River Road route 382 from the junction of route 301 to the junction with Forest Service Road (FSR) 3311; 2) FSR 3325 from the junction of route 301 to the junction of FSR 3335; 3) FSR 3335 from the junction of 3325 to FSR 3328; 4) FSR 3328 from the junction of FSR 3325 to the terminus of FSR 3328; and 5) FSR 384 from the junction of route 301 to FSR 3328. All method of travel is prohibited.
  • Shelter info: None
  • Structure loss and injuries: Unknown

Leland Complex Fire (Made up of Sand Mountain and Pine Creek fires)

  • Location: Pine Creek drainage of Leland advancing south toward the Clearwater River and east toward the Bedrock area, approximately 2.5 miles southeast of Julietta, Idaho. 
  • Size: 3,180 acres
  • Containment: 47%
  • Cause: Lightning
  • Evacuations: None
  • Closures: Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests’ Palouse Ranger District has issued a forest closure order for the area around the Sand Mountain Fire- including Laird Park. 
  • Shelter info: None
  • Structure loss and injuries: Unknown

Character Complex Fire

  • Location: 3 miles North of Kellogg and 1 mile south of Coeur d'Alene River 
  • Size: 4,690 acres
  • Containment: 30%
  • Cause: Lightning
  • Evacuations: The Shoshone County Sheriff has residents within the Coal Creek – Prichard Zone in “Set” status and they are encouraged to move trailers and recreational vehicles out of the area. Residents on Eagle Creek and West Fork Eagle Creek Roads also remain in “Set” status. 
  • Closures: Road, trail and area closures are in effect on Idaho Panhandle National Forest lands around the fire areas. Closure orders and maps are posted on InciWeb and on the Idaho Panhandle National Forest Facebook page. The Shoshone County Sheriff’s Office has closed the following roads: Eagle Creek Road, Montgomery Ridge Road, and Bobtail Road at Prichard Creek for the safety of private landowners and firefighters working in the area. 
  • Shelter info: None
  • Structure loss and injuries: 0

Too Kush Fire

  • Location: 4 miles southeast of Kooskia, ID, along the middle fork of the Clearwater River. 
  • Size: 1,341 acres
  • Containment: 90%
  • Cause: Lightning
  • Evacuations: None
  • Closures: None
  • Shelter info: None
  • Structure loss and injuries: Unknown

Graham Ridge Fire

  • Location: Graham Mountain, ID 
  • Size: 15 acres
  • Containment: Unknown
  • Cause: Lightning
  • Evacuations: None
  • Closures: None
  • Shelter info: None
  • Structure loss and injuries: None

Montana

Burnt Peak Fire

  • Location: 9 miles southwest of Troy, MT/ Keeler Rattle drainage/ southeast of Burnt Peak 
  • Size: 2,242 acres
  • Containment: 19%
  • Cause: Lightning
  • Evacuations: While there are no current evacuations, some residences have been placed in the Set category, on pre-evacuation notice. All residents should be Ready to evacuate should evacuations be necessary.  
  • Closures: For the safety of firefighters and the public, the Kootenai National Forest enacted an area closure that includes: North Fork Keeler Creek (404), Keeler/Rattle Creek (473), and Lime Butte (4735) roads. 
  • Shelter info: None
  • Structure loss and injuries: None

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