Dry Gulch Fire
July 10, 2021
Fire Information 509-780-6238
For Immediate Release
Incident Commander: Jason Loomis, Northwest Team 7
Clarkston, Wa. –The Dry Gulch fire grew more than 13,000 acres yesterday. All significant growth has been to the west and south as the fire moves into increasingly rugged terrain and heavy fuels.
Start Date: July 7, 2021 Cause: Lightning
Status: The fire has not moved significantly to the north and east in the past 24 hours. With its continued spread to the south and west, firefighters are establishing protection measures for threatened structures. These measures can include installing sprinkler systems and removing adjacent fuels.
Weather: Current and forecasted weather remains unfavorable and fire spread is expected, with historically dry and hot conditions, and an unstable atmosphere favoring fire growth and spotting. Overnight, humidity levels remained extremely low allowing the fire to spread actively. These conditions have created an unprecedented potential for extreme fire spread and intensity. Winds today will be from the west and southwest which may result in increased fire behavior on the active western and southern edges of the fire.
Closures and Evacuations: Area closure and fire perimeter maps are posted on Inciweb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7615.
Prevention Message: There are numerous opportunities to prevent human-caused fires in this extremely flammable environment. Please be aware of the many actions you can take to avoid starting a dangerous and expensive fire. We cannot prevent lightning, but together we can prevent most human-caused ignitions.
Firefighters need your help getting us all through this fire season safely.