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Thursday, September 24, 2015

9/24/2015 Kettle Complex Update

Oregon Incident Management Team #1 took over command of this incident Sunday September 20th, at 1800. It is anticipated that command will be transferred to a Type 4 team on Sunday September 27th.

At this morning’s briefing, IC Shawn Sheldon said that we still have a few days of hard work left before leaving this fire to the next team. Let’s not get complacent in our actions, and finish with a great safety record, along with leaving the complex in good shape for our fellow firefighters.

Crews will continue in their efforts to finish the rehabilitation of the fires. There is still, chipping, back hauling of equipment,
and road repair going on in numerous divisions. By Saturday plans are to have all but 3 divisions of the fire be in patrol status.

Weather will be partly sunny today. Temperatures will range from 57-76 degrees on various areas of the fires. Minimum RHs will be in the 29-35% range. Winds will be out of the South at
8-12 mph, with gusts to 18 on the ridgetops. There will be about a 30% chance of wetting rains tomorrow afternoon.

Today the Department of Agriculture will be on the Stickpin
Fire repairing a Snotel station that was destroyed during the
fire. This station monitors not only temperature, wind, and RHs, but has the capabilities to measure snow depth, and its water equivalents.

The Colville National Forest is currently working on a reduced fire area closure, and we will supply you with that information when it is completed. You may still encounter some fire related vehicles in the area, so please be cautious while driving during this transition phase.

Fire at a Glance

Stickpin 53,828 acres; 80% contained Graves Mtn. 8,557 acres; 85% cont Renner   13,775 acres; 90% contained N. Boulder 2   232 acres, 100% cont Total                       76,392 acres

Assigned personnel:  468

Location: Colville National Forest

Closures:  Deer Creek-Boulder Creek Road is open, but all connecting US Forest Service roads are closed to non- fire traffic. Highway 21 is open.

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