Weather helps firefighters north of Plain; Douglas County fire is fully contained


The Chikamin Fire on steep mountain terrain north of Plain had burned 129 acres by late Saturday afternoon.

The remote fire, burning both single trees and grouped trees, has led to the closure of numerous roads and trails in the area.

About 100 firefighters are working on the fire.

Firefighters on the Chikamin Fire.

The fire in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Fores was started by lightning and first reported Friday afternoon, with extreme heat and wind pushing it uphill.

Cooler temperatures, increased humidity and cloudy conditions Saturday helped to slow the growth of the fire.

Crews will be utilizing natural features, existing roads and trails, and the footprints of past fire areas as they build fire lines.

Road and trail closures are:

Forest Service Road No. 6210 – Chikamin Road 
Trail 1548 – Lower Chiwawa 
Trail 1534 – Chikamin Tie 
Trail 1524 – Minnow Ridge 
Trail 1515 – Basalt Ridge 
Trail 1530 – Basalt Pass 
Trail 1538 – Rock Creek Tie 
Trail 1408 – Garland Peak 
Trail 1409.1 – Upper Mad River 
Trail 1523 – Alder Ridge 
Trail 1561 – Chikamin Tie 
Trail 1539 – Minnow Creek 
Trail 1429 – Shetipo

Grant County Fire District 13 photo at the Coulee Meadow Fire.

Coulee Meadow Fire in Douglas County

The Coulee Meadow Fire in Douglas County was declared fully contained late this afternoon after burning 794 acres since it was reported Thursday evening.

Crews worked in 100-degree-plus heat Friday on the fire north of Palisades near Olson Road and Moses Coulee Road.

After flames raced through mostly sage brush and grass Thursday evening, firefighters from Douglas County Fire District 1 and Grant County Fire District 13 worked through the night to stop its spread.

They were then assisted by local, state and federal crews from throughout the region under the direction of the Southeast Washington Interagency Management Team.

Evacuation notices for the area have been lifted.

No structures were lost in the fire.