Naches, WA— Naches Ranger District has one active wildfire burning in the Meeks Table area off of Forest Road 1500.
The fire was discovered on September 12 at approximately 3:08 PM and reported at 15 acres. The fire spread rapidly due to hot and dry conditions and is currently estimated at 500 acres. The current and expected forecast has issued a red flag warning which can make suppression efforts more difficult. An incident management team has been ordered to manage the fire. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
The Naches Ranger District is working on an official closure for Forest Road 1600 and Forest Road 1500 from the eastern forest boundary to Bethel Ridge. District Fire Management asks that all public stay out of the fire area.
More information will be released as it becomes available.
To report new wildfires please call 9-1-1.
Wolverine Fire update for September 13
Fire Update - Sunday, September 13, 2015 - 9:00 a.m.
With a Red Flag Warning in effect today for wind and dry conditions, firefighters have been asked to “look up” continually as they work to avoid the risk of fire-damaged trees blowing over and rolling downslope. The same holds true for recreationists and hunters as they make their way outside for a day of fun in the sun. Fire crews were advised this morning that high temperatures and low humidity represent the leading edge of a changing weather pattern moving into the region. A wetting rain is forecast for Wednesday.
Same as yesterday, more than 650 firefighters today will be staffing shovels, pulaskis, engines, dozers, water tenders and helicopters to detect and contain fire as it smolders and creeps along, lays hidden in hot ashes, or torches up into active fire. Four Type 1 helicopters will be dropping water in support of fire suppression activities.
A Burn Area Emergency Rehabilitation (BAER) team is also arriving over the next couple of days to conduct a specialized assessment of the southwest corner of the fire within the Entiat drainage. BAER teams evaluate fire areas to determine whether any actions are needed to prevent additional damage caused by the fire.
Wolverine: Yesterday’s hot, dry, windy weather in the Three Creek and Shetipo Creek drainage areas resulted in the slight push of mid-slope fire to the north, but not up and over the ridge. Keeping fire from topping the ridge remains a major priority today, as does the strengthening of existing lines and the construction of new hand and dozer lines where needed. Four hand crews, two of them flow in, will be doing that work.
First Creek: The repair of fire lines continues today with the installation of water bars and other erosion prevention measures. Residents of the First Creek area are asked to be aware of the possibility of mudslides following any rain. Visit: http://www.centralwashingtonfirerecovery.info/floodwatch or contact the Emergency Management offices listed below for more information.
Blankenship: Air staff today will continue to fly over and monitor this extreme-slope spot fire. The Pacific Crest Trail remains open.
Weather: A Red Flag Warning for wind and dry conditions is in effect for today and has triggered special safety precautions in carrying out today’s fire tactics.
Evacuation/Aid Information: LEVEL 1 areas: Entiat River Road starting at approximately mile post 21.5 (Brief) up to the end of Entiat River Road; First Creek Road and South Shore from Morning Sun Drive to Shady Pass.
Road Closures and Evacuations:
· Douglas County Emergency Management: 509-888-6841 http://tinyurl.com/DouglasCtyEM
· Chelan County Emergency Management: 509-667-6863, http:www.co.chelan.wa.us
· Road & Hwy Info: wsdot.com Twitter: @wsdot
· Washington State Patrol: 509-682-8090
Note: Forest closures are still in place, but have been modified. Check the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest webpage for details. Fire restrictions remain in effect so please remain vigilant and prevent human caused wildfires.
National Forest area closures: http://goo.gl/aTr8bU
National Park Service closures: www.nps.gov/noca/index.htm
· Methow Ranger District:
· Wenatchee River District:
· Chelan Ranger District:
· Entiat Ranger District:
Tunk Block and North Star fires update for Sept. 13
September 13, 2015, 7:30 AM
Fire Information:509-826-7140, 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Tunk Block Fire: Firefighters made good progress toward securing a difficult containment line in the fire’s rugged and difficult northeast corner between Bannon and Tunk Mountains. Success was also achieved in improving line south of Tuck Mountain to Aeneas Mountain area. Today crews will continue to build on their successes and work to mop up any remaining heat near containment lines. As suppression repair plans are completed and appropriate resources arrive, repair work will begin.
North Star Fire: Firefighters conducted a small burnout operation east of Cornell Butte to remove remaining ground fuels near containment lines. With this operation complete crews will work to remove any remaining heat near control lines. Efforts were successful to complete direct line on the fire’s edge southwest of Cornell Butte. Excellent progress was made at establishing both direct and indirect line north and south of Barrett Butte on the fire’s western flank. Other crews were inserted by helicopter on the top of the cliffs east of Highway 21 to construct direct line. Suppression repair plans for the fire area are being prepared.
Weather: The weather is expected to be cooler yet dry Sunday with increased winds as the result of several passing cold fronts tonight and again on Sunday evening. Light winds will test containment lines and could help firefighters find remaining heat near containment lines. Temperatures Monday are expected to fall into the 60’s reducing fire activity.
EOC: Damage assessments are continuing; however, the final number of structures that were damaged and destroyed has not been confirmed. Okanogan County Emergency Management Services has an online Damage Assessment Form for people who have lost a primary residence in the fire. Go to http://okanogandem.org/ or contact the Okanogan County EOC at 509-422-7206.
Evacuations: Evacuation levels in the area along Highway 155 and much of the area south of Highway 20 are currently at Level 1 or 2. Highway 21, from McMann Creek south to Bridge Creek and the Moses Meadows area are at Level 2. For the most current evacuation information, please contact your closest Emergency Operations Center (EOC).
Closures: Much of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest remains open to recreation, hunting and woodcutting. Closures on National Forest Lands east of Tonasket and south of Highway 20 on the Tonasket Ranger District remain in effect; this includes hunting and woodcutting. Colville Indian Reservation forest and recreational areas within the fires are closed. See the map athttp://tinyurl.com/OkaWen-Closure-Map for specific closure areas.
Tunk Block Quick Facts
Size 162,840 ac.
Total Pers 424
North Star Quick Facts
Size 212,646 ac.
Total Pers 1,434
Incident Information for
North Star & Tunk Block Fires
North Star Fire: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4524/
Tunk Block Fire: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4598/
Facebook: North Star Fire
Washington Smoke Blog: http://wasmoke.blogspot.com/