Winthrop, WA— Last night’s lightning ignited several small fires across north central Washington. Five of those fires, in Okanogan County, are on lands managed by the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest’s Methow Valley Ranger District.
The largest of the five fires found so far is visible from State Route 153 between Pateros and Twisp, Washington. The Hunter Mountain Fire is estimated to be about 30 acres and is on the ridge between McFarland and Squaw Creeks. A type 3 incident management team has been ordered and four smoke jumpers are working on the fire. Retardant was used earlier today.
Buckhorn Fire on Gold Creek Ridge is also visible from State Route 153. It is estimated to be about 15 acres and firefighters are hiking in to that fire. Two 20-person crews have been ordered for this fire.
Firefighters are en route to Fire 512 south of Leecher Lookout. It is estimated to be about one acre in size.
Fire 530 is in the Huckleberry Creek, Sandy Butte area.
Fire 542 is in the Buck Mountain area.
This phase of firefighting, when crews initially respond to reports of new fires is referred to as initial attack. While the Forest Service suppresses almost 98% of wildfires on initial attack, keeping unwanted fires small and costs down, firefighters are concerned about the winds predicted for this evening. There is a red flag warning in effect today for dry fuels as well as wind and low relative humidity. Gusty northwest winds are forecast for early this evening.
To report a fire, please call 911