Stickpin fire in Washington expected to grow; still 6km from border

Highway 3 by Christina Lake reopened last night closing briefly due to Paulson wildfire smoke.

Aug. 19 3pm – Update on Stickpin (Wash.) fire – Current Situation: Firefighters continue to arrive to work on the Kettle Complex. Significant fire activity continued across the region yesterday and fire officials are working together to prioritize incident personnel and manage numerous incidents. Support teams from the Washington National Guard have arrived. The Guard medics and other personnel will assist fire managers to ensure safety of the public and firefighters on the Kettle Complex. Fire activity is expected to increase significantly on Wednesday and Thursday on all fires in the Kettle Complex.

Stickpin Fire – Stickpin Fire is at 37,850 acres. Structure protection is the highest priority for the limited resources; firefighters are providing structure protection and looking for options to construct fire lines. Dozer and hand line construction continued yesterday in the Boulder Creek and Long Alec Creek areas. Yesterday, interior fuels burned near the northern perimeter on Togo Mountain. The fire has burned into the Togo Fire (2003) burn area. The fire is approximately 4 miles south of the Canadian border. Continued growth is expected today. Three helicopters are available to support firefighting efforts. Public and firefighter safety is a significant concern, and incident management personnel are looking at all options for suppression. Fire crews from across the state are in place to assist Ferry County Fire District 14 with structure protection under the State Mobilization Act as approved by the Chief of the State Patrol and the State Fire Marshal.

Update on Paulson Pass fire – Southeast Fire Centre office says highway 3 closure at Paulson Pass last night was due to increased smoke in the area. 30 firefighters, two helicopters and six pieces of heavy equipment are battlling the blaze which remains at 260 hectares and 0 per cent contained. Highway 3 Both directions – Forest Fire 15 km east of Christina Lake to Junction with Highway 3B at Nancy Greene Lake (32.1 km). Road is open to two way traffic, possible 20 minute delay throughout the day. Updated on Wed Aug 19 at 2:32 pm PDT.

The Southeast Fire Centre is using City property by Extra Foods as an equipment preparation site.