The Closure area around the Tower fire was decreased slightly to the south (along the district boundary between Newport and Sullivan Lake). The Sullivan Lake area closure has been changed to only include an area and roads and trails adjacent to the Hall and Grease Creek Fires.
The Hall Mountain and Grease Creek area continue to be closed due to fire suppression activity (see attached map).
Sullivan Creek Road is now open, but Pass Creek Pass Road remains closed.
It is important to know that there still is firefighter and equipment traffic (including movement of heavy equipment being used to repair firelines) happening along many roads in the northern Pend Oreille County, and especially the following narrow forest roads:
1) Sullivan Creek/ Pass Creek Pass Road
2) Mill Creek Road
3) Ce Ce Ah Road
4) Kings Lake Road
5) Smack Out Pass Road
While these area closures have been lifted, the Colville remains in Phase 2 Fire Restrictions, no fires, campfires or charcoal fires allowed. We will evaluate fire restrictions on the forest next week, but until then we will enforce our current restrictions. Even with the cooler temperatures and the latest rain, conditions are still very dry. Many of the finer fuels (grasses, etc.) have gone dormant with the extremely dry weather we have had. Since these fuels have not received a long enough duration of wetting rain, they have not revived – basically that means they are not absorbing the moisture internally and any moisture on them it external and will evaporate when the warm dry returns this week.
For more information on a specific area, including maps and closure orders, please visit the Colville National Forest homepage located atwww.fs.usda.gov/colville or contact your local ranger district office.