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Norse Peak American Sawmill Creek Fires Morning Update September 20, 2017 (Sawmill Creek Fire Wildfire)

InciWeb Articles WA - September 20, 2017 - 11:27am
Norse Peak Fire UpdateWednesday, September 20, 2017 – Morning UpdateCONTACT: Fire Information 509-658-2475 (7:30am.-7:30p.m.)https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5509/ NorsePeakFireINFO@gmail.comwww.facebook.com/NorsePeakFire/ Date Started: Aug. 11, 2017; Cause: Lightning; Acreage: 52,056 (Norse Peak), 3,853 (American), 1,061 (Saw Mill); Percent Completed: 80% (Norse Peak), 95% (American), 95% (Saw Mill).Total Personnel: 753, which includes 19 Crews, 35 Engines, 7 Helicopters, 1 Bulldozer, 5 Water Tenders.Fire Summary: The heaviest rain is expected on the western and northern side of the fire.Norse Peak Fire is having minimal fire growth with isolated pockets of slow surface spread in heavy vegetation under forest canopy. State Route 410 is being cleared of debris and hazardous trees are being removed. Thinning, to remove hazardous trees along Forest Road 1900 is almost complete.On this incident, 80% of the fireline will be indirect, or not directly adjacent to the fire’s edge. The...

Diamond Creek September 20 (Diamond Creek Fire Wildfire)

InciWeb Articles WA - September 20, 2017 - 10:43am
Percent of completed objectives reaches 65% on the Diamond Creek Fire Location: 11 miles NNW of Mazama, WA Total Personnel: 259 Acres: 129,000 total acres in US and Canada Cause: Under Investigation Containment: 65% Start Date: July 23, 2017 Note: The increase in percent contained reflects the percent of operational objective completed. Update: Suppression repair work continued steadily yesterday along the contingency lines and Early Winter Guard Station. Work included hand piling, log repositioning and stacking, and wood chipping. Minimal fire activity is in the Monument and Pat Creek drainages, and the northeast section of the fire. 10 fire crews, 11 engines, 3 helicopters and 4 dozers remain on the incident. Fire managers have received all resources needed to complete suppression efforts. Over the coming days and weeks, the Forest will be completing Burned Area Emergency Response assessments. Together with local emergency management, Forest hydrologists, soil...

Norse Peak Fire Update, Wednesday, September 20, 2017 (Norse Peak Fire Wildfire)

InciWeb Articles WA - September 20, 2017 - 10:42am
Date Started: Aug. 11, 2017; Cause: Lightning; Acreage: 52,05(Norse Peak), 3,853 (American), 1,061 (Saw Mill); Percent Completed: 80% (Norse Peak), 95% (American), 95% (Saw Mill).Total Personnel: 753, which includes 19 Crews, 35 Engines, 7 Helicopters, 1 Bulldozer, 5 Water Tenders.Fire Summary: The heaviest rain is expected on the western and northern side of the fire.Norse Peak Fire is having minimal fire growth with isolated pockets of slow surface spread in heavy vegetation under forest canopy. State Route 410 is being cleared of debris and hazardous trees are being removed. Thinning, to remove hazardous trees along Forest Road 1900 is almost complete.On this incident, 80% of the fireline will be indirect, or not directly adjacent to the fire’s edge. The remaining 20% of the fireline will be direct. The indirect lines are 100% complete and 80% of direct line has been completed.The Incident Management Team is working closely with the Washington Department of Transportation to open...

Jolly Mountain Fire Frequently Asked Questions Sept. 20, 2017 (Jolly Mountain Fire Wildfire)

InciWeb Articles WA - September 20, 2017 - 7:05am
Jolly Mountain Fire - Frequently Asked Questions Updated September 20, 2017 About the fire: Where is the Jolly Mountain Fire and how big is it? The Jolly Mountain Fire is burning 6 miles north/northwest of Cle Elum, WA. As of September 18, the fire has burned approximately 36,808 acres. Effective fire suppression and seasonal fall weather have considerably slowed the fire’s growth. Click here to view larger map. When and how did the fire start? The Jolly Mountain Fire was detected on August 11. The fire was started by multiple strikes from a lightning storm. Why wasn’t the fire put out when it was first reported? The fire quickly grew to 100 acres the first day and 300 acres by the next day. Steep slopes, rugged terrain and the distance from road systems limited access to the fire. Given the terrain and dense dry forest conditions, to attempt a direct attack would have been extremely dangerous. Helicopter water drops and retardant drops from planes would not...

Air Quality Outlook - September 20th, 2017 (Jolly Mountain Fire Wildfire)

InciWeb Articles WA - September 20, 2017 - 6:18am
Smoke: Air quality is generally good with the exception of moderate air quality in the overnight hours in Cle Elum. Expect the trend to continue into Thursday and Friday as more Pacific moisture effects the fire areas. Fire: The Jolly Mountain fire is currently burning in the Yakima River basin on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, north of Cle Elum, WA. The current fire size is 36,808 acres an increase of 0 acres Minimal fire behavior. The Uno Peak fire is currently burning north of Lake Chelan with a current size of 8,726 acres an increase of 0 acres. Minimal fire behavior. The Norse Peak fire is burning northwest of Yakima. The current size is 52,056 acres a decrease of 446 acres. Minimal fire behavior. Other: Precipitation in the area will continue into Friday. After Friday, a drying trend may lead to increase smoke production. There is a possibility of moderate smoke condition in the overnight hours.

Uno Peak, 19 de septiembre de 2017 (Uno Peak Fire Wildfire)

InciWeb Articles WA - September 19, 2017 - 11:20am
EQUIPO #10 DE DIRECCIÓN DE INCIDENTES DEL NOROESTE Al Lawson - comandante de incidentes El equipo realiza transición de regreso al bosque Martes, 19 de septiembre de 2017 Incendio: Uno Peak Completado: 20% Acres: 8.726 Fecha de inicio: 30 de agosto de 2017 Causa: bajo investigación Ubicación: 15 millas al NO de Manson, WA Personal total: 223 Carburantes/topografía: madera, pasto, terreno escarpado Ayer: equipos continuaron trabajando en la reparación de la línea de supresión de fuego a lo largo de las líneas de contención de Coyote Ridge y Nelson Butte. Se desmovilizó el equipo excesivo a medida que la reparación de la línea de fuego y el trabajo del camino se completó. El grupo de protección de estructuras ha dejado los sistemas de manguera y rociadores en su lugar en las áreas de Canoe Creek y Llama Ranch y continuó evaluando la protección según se necesite. Las zonas de Canoe Creek y Llama Ranch permanecen bajo una evacuación de Nivel 1 (estén listos)....

Uno Peak Fire, September 19, 2017 Daily Update (Uno Peak Fire Wildfire)

InciWeb Articles WA - September 19, 2017 - 11:01am
NORTHWEST INCIDENT MANAGEMENT TEAM #10 Al Lawson-Incident Commander Team transitions fire back to forest Tuesday, September 19, 2017 Fire: Uno Peak Completion: 20% Acres: 8,726 Start Date: August 30, 2017 Cause: Under Investigation Location: 15 miles NW of Manson, WA Total Personnel: 223 Fuels/Topography: Timber, grass, rugged terrain Yesterday: Crews continued to work on fire suppression line repair along the Coyote Ridge and Nelson Butte containment lines. Excess equipment was demobilized as fire line repair and road work was completed. The structure protection group has left hose and sprinkler systems in place in the Canoe Creek and Llama Ranch areas and continued to assess protection as needed. Canoe Creek and the Llama Ranch areas remain under a Level 1 evacuation (get ready). No structures are threatened. Today: Crews will continue to rehabilitate containment lines along Coyote Ridge and Nelson butte. Fire activity...

Diamond Creek September 19 (Diamond Creek Fire Wildfire)

InciWeb Articles WA - September 19, 2017 - 10:41am
Diamond Creek Fire slows spread while crews complete firelinesLocation: 11 miles NNW of Mazama, WA Total Personnel: 294Acres: 129,000 total acres in US and Canada Cause: Under InvestigationContainment: 30% Start Date: July 23, 2017 Update: Okanogan County Emergency Management reduced the Level 2 evacuation notice to Level 1 for the Mazama, Lost River and Rendezvous areas. Residents should continue to stay informed on fire conditions and take action if necessary. The primary and contingency lines were completed yesterday and efforts have moved into fire suppression repair.Fire behavior on the Diamond Creek Fire continues to moderate as the upper level disturbance results in increasing clouds, cooler temperatures and chance of precipitation. Heavy fuels are expected to continue to slowly burn in the Monument and Pat Creek drainages despite the weather. Even though there is still active fire on the ground, the Forest is already identifying critical Burned Area Emergency Response needs...

Norse Peak Fire Update, Tuesday, September 19, 2017 (Norse Peak Fire Wildfire)

InciWeb Articles WA - September 19, 2017 - 10:18am
Norse Peak Fire UpdateDate Started: Aug. 11, 2017; Cause: Lightning; Acreage: 52,502 (Norse Peak), 3,853 (American), 1,061 Saw Mill; Percent Completed: 80% (Norse Peak), 95% (American). Total Personnel: 654; Fire Resources: 19 Crews, 27 Engines, 5 Helicopters, 1 Bulldozer, 9 Water Tenders. Fire Summary: Pacific Northwest Incident Management Team 3 with Incident Commander Noel Livingston has assumed command of Norse Peak, American, and Saw Mill Fires. Additional precipitation fell across the fire area yesterday and more is expected today. The east side is forecasted to receive significantly less rain than the west side. Norse Peak Fire is expected to continue to slowly back downhill to the west and south. State Route 410 is being cleared of debris and hazardous trees are being removed. Thinning, to remove hazardous trees along Forest Road 1900 is almost complete. As of last night, the rainfall had not penetrated the tree canopy sufficiently to reach the ground and modify fire...

Cómo prepararse: Inundaciones Repentinas Luego de Fuegos (Jolly Mountain Fire Wildfire)

InciWeb Articles WA - September 19, 2017 - 9:22am
Cómo prepararse: los efectos de los incendios forestales aumentan los riesgos de inundaciónEl incendio de Jolly Mountain ha quemado más de 36,808 acres de tierra 6 millas al noroeste de Cle Elum desde el 11 de agosto, 2017. Con lluvia en el pronóstico, es importante recordar que los incendios forestales a gran escala cambian dramáticamente el terreno y las condiciones del suelo, lo que aumenta el riesgo de inundaciones y flujos de lodo.Las tierras directamente afectadas por los incendios y las propiedades situadas debajo o hacia abajo de las zonas quemadas corren el mayor riesgo de sufrir un escurrimiento más severo y la erosión del suelo. Normalmente, la vegetación absorbe las lluvias y reduce la cantidad de lluvia que entra en el canal de la corriente. Después de un incendio, la falta de vegetación provoca que la lluvia fluya a lo largo de la superficie del suelo, recogiendo escombros y cenizas, aumentando el riesgo de inundaciones, erosión y flujos de lodo y...

Revised and Reduced Closure (East Crater Fire Wildfire)

InciWeb Articles WA - September 19, 2017 - 8:50am
As colder temperatures, higher humidity, and substantial rains have moved in, the forest has reduced the fire closure surrounding East Crater Fire. This closure order will likely be in place throughout the fall.It now includes the following: All of the Indian Heaven Wilderness.Eastern border: Forest Road 6035 to intersection of 6035-719. South of that intersection, Indian Heaven Wilderness.Western, northern, and southern border: Indian Heaven Wilderness.The Pacific Crest Trail is closed within the Indian Heaven Wilderness. Please view the closure map for reroute information. Read the closure text and map at:

Enchantments Cancelation and Refund Extention: September 26, 2017 (Jack Creek Fire Wildfire)

InciWeb Articles WA - September 19, 2017 - 8:30am
Due to on-going fire activity on the Jack Creek Fire, the existing Colchuck, 8mile and Stuart zone closure cancellation and refund for permit holders has been extended through September 26, 2017. While permit holders will be contacted individually, please feel free to contact recreation.gov at 1-888-448-1474.

Air Quality Sept 19 (Jack Creek Fire Wildfire)

InciWeb Articles WA - September 19, 2017 - 8:16am
Smoke: Smoke is at a low point currently. Good air quality dominates the Central Washington area. Expect good air quality throughout the area over the next several days. Patchy areas of smoke and haze are

Air Quality Outlook - September 19th, 2017 (Jolly Mountain Fire Wildfire)

InciWeb Articles WA - September 19, 2017 - 6:39am
Smoke Forecast Outlook issued September 19th, 2017Outlook for Central Washington Smoke Smoke: Smoke is at a low point currently. Good air quality dominates the Central Washington area. Expect good air quality throughout the area over the next several days. Patchy areas of smoke and haze are possible.Fire: The Jolly Mountain Fire is currently burning int he Yakima River Basin on teh Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, north of Cle Elum, WA. The current fire size is 36,808 acres. The Uno Peak Fire is burning north of Lake Chelan with a current size of 8,726 acres. The Norse Peak fire is burning northwest of Yakima. The current size is 52,502 acres.Other: A moist weather system is working it's way into the Pacific Northwest. Precipitation on all fire areas is expected today. as long as the cool and moist conditions persist, smoke production will decrease.

Closures September 18 (Diamond Creek Fire Wildfire)

InciWeb Articles WA - September 18, 2017 - 3:56pm
Pursuant to 16 USC § 551 and 36 CFR § 261.50 (a) and (b), and to provide for public safety, the following acts are prohibited within the Methow Valley Ranger District of the Okanogan Wenatchee National Forest. This Order supersedes all previous area, road and trail closure orders for Diamond Creek Fire. This Order is effective until October 15, 2017, unless rescinded. From 2 miles north of Honeymoon Campground to Billy Goat Trailhead Lamb Butte Road Eightmile Ridge Road Goat Creek/Cub Creek Road from County Road 1163 to Cub Pass Roundup Creek Road Long Creek Road West Long Creek Road Long Creek Ridge Road Whiteface Road Goat Creek/Ortell Creek Road Blackpine Basin Road Flag Mountain Loop Road Spokane Gulch Road North Goat Peak Road Lower Gate Creek Road Yellow Jacket Road 3. Being on any National Forest System closed trail, as displayed in Exibit A. as described below and depicted in Exhibit A. [36 CFR §...

How to Be Prepared: Effects of Wildfire Increase Flood Risks (Jolly Mountain Fire Wildfire)

InciWeb Articles WA - September 18, 2017 - 2:44pm
How to Be Prepared: Effects of Wildfire Increase Flood Risks Kittitas County, WA - 09/18/2017 - The Jolly Mountain Fire has burned more than 36,808 acres of land 6 miles northwest of Cle Elum since August 11, 2017. With rain in the forecast, it is important to remember that large scale wildfires dramatically change terrain and ground conditions, which increases the risk of flooding and mudflows. Lands directly affected by fires and properties located below or downstream of burn areas are most at risk for more severe runoff and soil erosion. Normally, vegetation absorbs rainfall and reduces the amount of rainfall entering the stream channel. After a fire, the lack of vegetation causes rain to runoff along the soil surface, picking up debris and ash, increasing the risk for flooding, erosion, and mud and debris flows. Landowners are urged to be aware of the potential for flooding and soil erosion. If you have culverts on your property, please monitor and maintain them. Flood risk...

Teanaway Community Forest campgrounds, trails closed due to Jolly Mountain (Jolly Mountain Fire Wildfire)

InciWeb Articles WA - September 18, 2017 - 2:43pm
Campgrounds and trails in the Teanaway Community Forest were closed as of Thursday, Aug. 31, due to the Jolly Mountain Fire and some residents of the area were evacuated as the fire moved toward the community forest. View an updated closure map

The Nature Conservancy Land Closure (Jolly Mountain Fire Wildfire)

InciWeb Articles WA - September 18, 2017 - 2:39pm
Community Reminder: The TNC-managed land on the Cle Elum Ridge remains closed to public access. It remains closed at this point due to heavy equipment activity working to repair bulldozer lines. We are discussing the closure with the fire collaborators on a regular basis and look forward to lifting the closure as soon as it is safe to do so. Thanks for your patience and

Final Daily Update: Monday, September 18 at 2:00 pm (East Crater Fire Wildfire)

InciWeb Articles WA - September 18, 2017 - 2:15pm
Monday, September 18, 2017- this will be the last daily update posted on Inciweb. EAST CRATER FIRE INFORMATION: 509 395-3402 (please note new phone number) East Crater Fire (Indian Heaven Wilderness), Mount Adams Ranger District, Gifford Pinchot National Forest As of Monday, Sept. 18th work continues on fire suppression repairs on the fire line along Forest Road 6035 east of the Indian Heaven Wilderness boundary. This road will remain a functional fire line. As fire conditions have changed due to cooler, wetter weather fire resources have been released to return home or to other assignments. Significant precipitation arrived in the area late Sunday afternoon and is expected to continue into Wednesday. This rain is anticipated to dramatically reduce fire activity. Nonetheless, this may not be a season ending event and warmer temperatures are likely to return, so the Forest will continue with containment efforts and be prepared to implement more...

Evacuation Advisory To Be Reduced from Bear Creek to Night Sky Drive on Sat (Jolly Mountain Fire Wildfire)

InciWeb Articles WA - September 18, 2017 - 2:04pm
Evacuation Advisory To Be Reduced from Bear Creek to Night Sky Drive on Saturday Kittitas County, WA - 09/15/2017 - Effective at 8:00am Saturday morning (9/16), the Kittitas County Emergency Operations Center will officially reduce the Evacuation Level 3 Advisory to a Level 2 Advisory from Bear Creek to Night Sky Drive, allowing more residents affected by the Jolly Mountain Fire to return home. This advisory change affects all residences north of Bear Creek, including the Bell Creek community, Morgan Creek community, and the Timber Ridge community. Residents returning home are asked to leave all gates open and to use extra caution on the roads, as fire personnel and equipment are still actively working and moving through the area. The Kittitas County Fire Marshal also advises that all propane tanks were shut off and technicians placed a “lock out-tag out” lock on each tank. Residents will be responsible for contacting their propane provider for removal of these locks. ...

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