coles cornerThere has been no significant spread due to more favorable weather and small amounts of precipitation on all fires. Fire personnel used some of the time to catch up and maintain equipment in anticipation of greater fire activity with drier and hotter weather expected this weekend.  National Guard completed their fire training and they are ready to assist with fire suppression efforts on the Chiwaukum fire along Highway 2. Chiwaukum Creek Fire: Burn out operations were spotty yesterday as the light rain arrived, especially in shady areas. The containment line is about 200 feet short of tying in with Highway 2 on the northeast corner. Mop up continues to strengthen and deepen the suppression efforts on the entire north and east perimeters. East of Highway 2 dozers worked to open up old roads and dozer lines to serve as contingency lines if needed.

More rain is expected today with another ½ inch precipitation anticipated. Rain is forecasted into the night and clearing up by tomorrow. Thursday will be cooler, drier and windier. A high pressure system is predicted to move in on Friday bringing with it warmer temperatures. The National Weather Service in Spokane has issued a flash flood watch in the fire area until 11 pm tonight.

The safety of firefighters and the public remains the highest priority. PNW Team 3 is continually evaluating operations and activity on the fires they are managing and supporting neighboring incidents as appropriate. There is concern with the flash flood watch on all fires.  Firefighters will continue to hold and secure containment lines on the north and east perimeter, including along Highway 2 and contain the fire perimeter outside of wilderness to protect private lands. Suppression options are being considered on the southern perimeter, north of Icicle Ridge and in wilderness.

Evacuations remain unchanged today.

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