Lick Creek Fire (Asotin) Now at 20% Containment
Idaho Department of Lands
The Dry Gulch Fire is now going to be referred to as the Lick Creek Fire. It has currently burned about 55,055 acres and is at 20% containment. There will be a Public Fire Briefing at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 13 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. Below is an inferred areal view of the current fire.
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 a 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's telephone number is 509-508-1299. There is also a map below outlining the current evacuations.
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/