The Manastash Ridge Fire started August 19th from a lightning strike that occurred on the weekend of August 9th. The fire is located on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest along Manastash Ridge south of Shoestring Lake.
This will be the last update unless significant activity occurs.
The Mt Hood Type II hand crew was released from the fire September 11 leaving members of the Cle Elum Ranger District fire crew in place to continue rehab of fire lines and mop up hot spots as they flare up along the perimeter of the fire area.
Warm dry weather remains in the forecast through the weekend; torching and smoke within the interior of the fire is expected. Several hundred acres of unburned fuel remain within fire lines and will continue to flare up at times until snow falls on the fire area. Snags hot spots stump holes and the possibility of debris flows during or immediately following rainfall will continue to pose a threat to firefighter and public safety in the weeks and months to come.
Area trail and road closures in the vicinity of the fire are being relaxed at midnight tonight. Forest Service Road 3100 3111 and 3120 will open to the public on Thursday September 12 2013. All roads and trails south of FS road 3100 west of and including trail 1350 Manastash Lake and east of trail 4W328 Wells Meadows remain closed in the interest of public safety. The only exception to this is Manastash Campground will be open for use as will FS road 3104 from its junction with FS road 3100 to the exit of Manastash Camp. FS 3104 is open for the sole purpose of accessing Manastash Campground.
|Date of Origin||Friday August 09th, 2013 approx. 10:00 PM|
|Location||T18, R15, Sec 30. 14 Miles West of Cle Elum, WA|
|Incident Commander||John Glondo|
10 Timber (litter and understory). High fuel load. Subalpine fir with continuous canopy closure with some fields of talus.
Smoldering and creeping
Fire has received 1.3" of rain in the last 24 hours
Monitor and patrol and begin rehab
|Wind Conditions||11 mph E|