August 19, 2012 1900 Update
Incident: Buffalo Lake Road Wildfire
August 19, 2012, the Buffalo Lake Road wildfire was determined 100% contained. This means that a fire line has been constructed around the entire perimeter of the fire or the fire edge has been confirmed extinguished. A contained fire is not likely to increase in size. There still may be smoke visible as remaining fuels are consumed and there is still work to be done.
Usually a fire is declared completely "out" when local fire management officials are sure there is no remaining heat within the fire containment perimeter. On large incidents, this declaration generally does not occur until winter weather arrives.
With containment achieved, the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Washington Department of Natural Resources have adequate capacity to re-assume management of this fire. On August 20 at 6:00 in the morning, a "Type 3" management team assembled by the Mount Tolman Fire Center will take over and continue pursuing full control.
Information about the Buffalo Lake Road wildfire will be available from the Mount Tolman Fire Center at 509 634-3100.
Coordination continues between the Colville Confederated Tribes, Bureau of Indian Affairs and Washington Department of Natural Resources.
Washington Interagency Incident Management Team #4 appreciates the hard work, skills and enthusiasm of all those who contributed to rapid containment of the Buffalo Lake Road wildfire.