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Lone Mountain 1 Fire

INCIDENT UPDATED 8/20/2014

Approximate Location

48.356 latitude, -120.623 longitude

Incident Overview

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014 Final Update

Due to the success in management of the Lone Mountain 1 Fire by the Wildland Fire Management Team, the fire is being turned over to the local unit, North Cascades National Park, to continue to monitor and manage the fire. This will be the Final Update unless conditions change and additional information updates are needed.

The Lone Mountain 1 Fire is burning in the North Cascades National Park northeast of the community of Stehekin. The fire was started by lightning on July 14th. The fire is burning in steep and remote country of the Stephen Mather Wilderness. The North Cascades National Park, Fire District #10, and the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest have selected a point protection and modified suppression strategy to manage this fire.

The Golden West Visitor Center and all services in Stehekin are open. Boulder Creek Trail and War Creek Trails are closed to the public until further notice. This fire is not affecting the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT).

Rain on Aug 13 and 14 and the cooler and damper conditions reduced fire activity. The drying trend, which started Aug 16, did not create any significant fire activity. For the last several days there has been minimal fire activity, primarily smoldering, and no fire growth. Similar minimal activity is expected until a “fire season ending event” of additional rains occurs.

Type 1 Wildland Fire Modules were assigned to the fire specifically to conduct monitoring and point protection. Helicopter water bucket work was conducted as part of the strategy of modified suppression to manage the fire. During a month of active burning on the 2,770 acre Lone Mountain Fire, firefighters held the fire away from the Stehekin community and out of the Twisp River drainage, while allowing it to create a mosaic of burned and unburned areas in the high mountains.



Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning/natural
Date of OriginMonday July 14th, 2014 approx. 12:00 AM
Location6 miles up Boulder Creek, above Stehekin west of Butte Cr., north of Purple Mtn.
Incident CommanderNorth Cascades National Park

Current Situation

Size2,770 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained30%
Estimated Containment DateMonday September 15th, 2014 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber(Litter and understory)

Significant Events

Fire Activity: isolated smoldering in sheltered drainage bottoms, with activity limited by 1.6 inch of rain

Outlook

Planned Actions

Closures remain in effect.

Projected Incident Activity

Remarks

The North Cascades National Park, Fire District #10, and the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest have selected a point protection and modified suppression strategy to manage this fire.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Drying & warming will support continued

smoldering of sheltered fuels. Limited chance of thunderstorms or rain for the

next week.

Unit Information

Incident Contacts

Stehekin Visitor Center
Phone: 509-699-2080
Hours: 8 AM to 5 PM
Stehekin Visitor Center
Phone: 509-699-2080
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