Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Lick Creek (Dry Gulch) Fire Update – Monday, July 12, 2021 – 9:00 a.m.


Lick Creek (Dry Gulch) Fire Quick Facts

Start Date: July 7, 2021

Approx. Size: 55,055 ac.


Cause: Lightning

Containment: 20%

14 Crews

Incident Commander:

Total Personnel: 536

52 Engines

Randy Johnson

Pacific Northwest Team 3

Location: 2 miles SW of Asotin, WA

12 Dozers

17 Water Tenders


The name of the incident has changed to Lick Creek Fire. The information phone number remains the same.

Public Fire Briefing planned for 7:00 pm Tuesday July 13, 2021 at the Pomeroy High School.

Weather and Fire Behavior: Continued critically low humidity throughout the day and night, coupled with unseasonably high temperatures, dry fuels and lead to rapid fire growth. Minimum relative humidity today is forecasted at 12-16%, with ridgetop winds at 5-9 mph and gusts to 15 mph from the northwest.

Current Situation: The fire grew moderately yesterday and overnight, gaining approximately 8,703 acres. Because of extreme dryness and high temperatures, the vegetation accepts fire readily in all fuel types from grasses to forest litter and downed trees.

Today’s Activities: Firefighters are patrolling and mopping up along containment lines on the north and northeast flanks. As fire behavior and weather allow, crews are burning out to consume fuels along FS Road 42 near Iron Springs Road, working toward Clearwater lookout. This strengthens the containment lines. In anticipation of increasing westerly winds later in the week which may push the fire eastward, firefighters are scouting to locate alternate fire lines along the eastern flank of the fire.


Pacific Northwest Team 3 transitioned with the outgoing Northwest Incident Management Team 7 this morning. The two incident management teams began working together yesterday afternoon to ensure a smooth transfer of command.


Evacuations: Evacuation zones, and fire perimeter maps are posted on Inciweb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7615. The Red Cross shelter in Clarkston has moved to Echo Hills Church 3215 Echo Hills Dr. in Lewiston, ID. The shelter telephone number is 509-508-1299.


Smoke info: Washington Smoke Blog: https://wasmoke.blogspot.com/


Closures: The Umatilla National Forest has closed some public lands in the fire area. See details at inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/7615/



Fire Information: 509-780-6232 Inciweb: inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7615/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Dry-Gulch-Fire-112503867766079

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