Incident Summary: The Deep North Fire is currently burning approximately eight miles southeast of the town of Northport, Washington, on the hillsides above Deep Lake in Stevens County. The fire was reported to have started at approximately 2:30 pm on August 21, 2016 and is burning in heavy brush and Douglas fir tree stands. Establishing containment has been challenging for fire resources due to steep terrain and limited accessibility to the fire lines. The reduction in acreage is due to more accurate mapping of the fire perimeter.
Bodie Fire: This fire started on August 18, at approximately 4:00 pm near Bodie Mountain about six miles east of Deep Lake. It is burning on Hancock Timber Resource Group lands. The fire is estimated at 41 acres and has been fully lined. It is 100% contained and crews continue to work at putting out any internal hot spots that arise.
Planned Actions Today: Public and firefighter safety will continue to be the top priority.
Firefighters have made progress on digging hand line as well as dozer line along the west and eastern flanks of the fire. Firefighters will strengthen and improve the previously established firelines around the southern portion of the fire. Anchoring from those established lines, crews will continue to encircle the fire moving towards the northwest corner. Firefighters are trying to take advantage of the calmer and more favorable wind conditions to aggressively attack the fire before stronger winds develop Friday evening and carry into Saturday. Air support is shared with other fires in the surrounding area; three DNR helicopters, three air tankers and four small fixed wings out of Canada are available if needed. State engines will continue to secure and protect the homes near Deep Lake.
Slightly warmer and drier conditions 74-80 degrees with continued light terrain driven winds are expected into Friday. Shallow instability will result in a slight chance of showers over the fire this afternoon. On Saturday an approaching cold front will bring increasing southwest winds with gusts up to 20mph. Winds will remain gusty behind the front on Sunday, although cooler temperatures with increased relative humidity is expected.
Evacuations: 40-50 homes around Deep Lake at a level 1.
Resources at Risk: Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) timberlands, local livestock and homes near Deep Lake.
Cooperating Agencies: Stevens County Fire District 10 and 11, Washington DNR