Chuweah Creek Fire has burned more than 57 square miles near Nespelem, 50 percent contained

NESPELEM, Wash. — The Chuweah Creek Fire near Nespelem has burned more than 57 square miles (36,820 acres) and is 50 percent contained, but evacuation levels have gone down to Level 1.

The Northwest Incident Management Team 12 said that Level 1 evacuations are now in place for residents in Nespelem, Keller, Buffalo Lake and McGinnis Lake communities, the San Poli Valley/Hwy 21 corridor from South Nanamkin to Keller Ferry, Owhi Flats, east of Owhi Lake and residents who live along Cache Creek Rd.

Road closures include Cache Creek Rd., Buffalo Lake Rd. between Manila and Cache Creek and Cache Creek (Agency) cut off road.

Chuweah Creek Fire Map July 24

Courtesy of Northwest Incident Management Team 12

The management team said the fire continues to creep and smolder, but containment lines are secure on the south, west and north edges. Helicopters flew for 14 hours, dropping 69,600 gallons of water on hotspots.

The management team said they continue to coordinate and share resources with California Team 10 as they manage the Summit Trail Fire, which is burning northeast of the Chuweah Creek Fire.

403 personnel are responding to the fire.

Kathy Moses, communications specialist for the Colville Tribes Environmental Trust Department, said that some animals were badly burned from the fires, and some had to be euthanized.

The fire is believed to have been caused by lightning strikes in the area on Monday, July 12.

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