Lick Creek (Asotin) Fire Update
Marisa Lloyd

Lick Creek (Asotin) Fire Update

Umatilla National Forest

The Lick Creek Fire formally known as the Dry Gulch Fire has burned about 58,011 acres and is at 20% containment as of the morning of Tuesday, July 13

Current Situation: Yesterday firefighters continued suppression efforts on the Lick Creek Fire. The East and West flanks are holding within the containment lines constructed over the last few days and fire crews were able to burn out vegetation extending and reinforcing those containment lines to the south. The smoke cleared enough during the day to allow aviation resources to drop water and retardant in preparation for burnout operations. Yesterday dozers were used to create fuel breaks around the Clearwater cabins, and line preparation continued along FS Road 43 to the Wickiup Campground. On the north end of the fire, where there has been no recent growth, crews continued to patrol and mop up.  

Today’s Activities: Fire behavior moderated yesterday although activity did pick up overnight in the southern portion of the fire. Today, and into this evening, the fire is expected to continue moving along the surface in timber primarily towards the South and West.  Firefighters will continue preparing and reinforcing containment line on the east and west flanks, focusing on limiting the southern spread of the fire. Air operations will continue to support these efforts, as visibility allows. Crews will continue patrolling the north edge of the fire. 

Weather and Smoke Info: Hot and very dry weather continues, with relative humidity below 20%. Northwest winds that started around midnight will change to north-northwest in the morning and weaken in the afternoon. Smoke Information is available on the Washington Smoke Blog at: 

Evacuations: Evacuation zones, and fire perimeter maps are posted on Inciweb at 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.  

Closures: All Forest Service lands, roads, and trails within the Pomeroy Ranger of the Umatilla National Forest are closed. For more information visit the Umatilla National Forest website at

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