Firefighters continue to monitor fire near Canadian Border

NIGHTHAWK — Firefighters from the Tonasket Ranger District are continuing to monitor US portion of the small fire at the United States-Canadian Border north of Chopaka Mountain. The fire is under unified command between United States and Canadian Governments. It is on lands managed by the United States Department of Interior, Bureau of Land Management.

The fire was active yesterday with isolated torching on the US side. It was pushed by 30-35 mile per hour winds blowing from the north/northwest. As a result, there was some additional spread onto BLM lands and the fire is estimated to be about four acres on the US side.

On the Canadian side, the fire is estimated to be about 260 acres.

The fire is burning in steep, rocky, inaccessible terrain between 2000 and 3000 feet elevation. Today’s helicopter flight to observe the fire from the air was cancelled due to cloud cover.

Firefighters are actively monitoring the fire and taking suppression action where they can safely do so.

Information about the incident, including an interactive map, is online at

To report a fire, please call 911. For more information, please contact the Tonasket Ranger District at 509-486-2186.