Kewa fire 100 percent contained

Katie Dunn
Staff Reporter

Cool temperatures helped mop up

As of August 15, the Kewa wildfire is 100 percent contained.

The fire began August 2, 15 miles south of Inchelium on the Colville Indian Reservation.

The fire was estimated to be 1,951 acres on August 8, but the acreage has since been adjusted to 1,889.

On Friday, management of the fire transferred from Northwest Incident Management Team 9 (Type Two) to Colville Agency Type Three Incident Management Team (IMT) led by incident commander Brandon Sutton.

A Type Two IMT comes from a national and state level. Type Three IMTs come from the state and/or a metropolitan area.

Fire officials said crews were working on mop up efforts late last week and over the weekend.

Prior to last Wednesday, a few rugged areas of the fire remained unlined, but cooler temperatures and moisture in the air provided optimal conditions for finishing those sections, according to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center (NICC).

Before the fire was contained, 16 fire crews and 20 engines were working on the flames.

Now NICC reports that two crews, five engines and a helicopter remain at Kewa.

All road closures in the Kewa fire area were lifted on August 11. However, anyone traveling though the burned area are asked to use caution.

According to Incident Commander Brian Goff, even after the heat and flames are gone, burned areas still pose a hazard. Hazards include standing dead trees (snags), stump holes and rolling material.

Along with the 1,889 acres burned, the Kewa fire destroyed five structures.

The caused of the fire is still unknown.