Much of the unburned island on Newby Lake Fire was consumed last weekend, but there are still some areas within the fire perimeter that have unburned vegetation. One area of concern is a 70 acre island of near the southwest perimeter. The fire has been slowly consuming the vegetation within that island as burning material rolls downhill and burns back up. The risk with this is that if humidity, wind and fuels were to align in a certain way, the fire could potentially spot outside the blackened fire perimeter; leading to growth on National Forest or Washington Department of Natural Resources lands.
Over the next couple of days, winds will be coming out of the southwest, providing an excellent opportunity to use aerial ignition to create more depth in the fire perimeter on that southwest side.
Contingency lines built in the earlier days of the Newby Lake Fire remain in place and observers will be monitoring weather and fire behavior to provide the necessary information for ensuring the strategic burn operation meets objectives.
Trail 340, the Long Draw Trail remains closed and a temporary re-route is available. The detailed closure description and a map are available on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/NewbyLakeWAFire or online at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4355/ .
For more information, please call the Tonasket Ranger District at 509-486-2186.