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8/19/17 Jolly Moutain Fire Update
Location: Cle Elum Ranger District of the Okanogan-Wenatchee NF, 11 miles northwest of Cle Elum, WA Start Date: August 11, 2017 Cause: Lightning Size: 548 Acres Percent Contained: 0% Vegetation:... more

INCIDENT UPDATED 55 MIN. AGO

Approximate Location

47.377 latitude, -121.019 longitude

Incident Overview

Masticator working on southeast indirect fire line

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Summary:

Overcast skies and higher relative humidity resulted in minimal fire behavior yesterday. Insignificant fire spread is expected again today as it continues backing slowly downslope to the west.

Construction of indirect fire control lines along the southwest and southeast side of the fire continues with the assistance of hand crews and heavy equipment. The presence of the heavy equipment, falling trees and fire personnel conducting chainsaw work can be dangerous to the public. For this reason and for the safety of firefighters, area and road closures continue to remain in effect.

Posted photos of indirect fire line construction can be viewed on inciweb as reference of what is being done on the ground.

Crews will be meeting with homeowners in the communities near the fire to discuss best firewise practices. Residents can play a role by creating a defensible space around their home.

For more information on firewise visit www.firewise.org

Weather:

A weak dry cold front moved in through the afternoon yesterday bringing high cloud cover. Today will be slightly cooler with maximum temperatures in the 70s. and a good relative humidity recovery at 80 to 90%. Ridges will see winds of 5 to 9 mph with gusts of up to 18. Valley winds will be mainly out of the southwest to northwest at 4-8 mph with gusts of up to 15 mph decreasing slightly in the afternoon.

Closures:

Road: Forest Roads 4315, 4330-240, 4330-137, 4330-138, 4330-128, 4330-139, 4330-140, 4305 beginning at the western edge of T21N R14E Sec. 24

Trails: A number of trails are signed closed due to fire activity, in the Teanaway drainage these include; Boulder Deroux (#1392), DeRoux Spur (#1392.1), Johnson Medra (#1383), Way Creek (#1235), Jungle Creek (#1383.1), West Fork (#1353), Middle Fork (#1393) and Yellow Hill (#1222). In the Cle Elum Valley they are: Corral Creek (#1340.1), Sasse Mtn. (#1340), Howson Creek (#1349), Jolly Mtn. (#1307, access from Cayuse CG), Paris Creek (#1393) and Boulder Creek (#1392), Little Sac (#1325).

Fire Restrictions: All campfires are banned on Cle Elum Ranger District, as the resources to handle additional human fires are in short supply.


Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning
Date of OriginFriday August 11th, 2017 approx. 06:45 PM
Location11 miles NW of Cle Elum, WA
Incident CommanderAlan Sinclair

Current Situation

Total Personnel276
Size548 Acres
Fuels Involved

Timber (Litter and Understory)

Significant Events

Moderate, Flanking with single tree torching.

Outlook

Planned Actions

Continue to plan point protection for property/values at risk. Continue working on the Structure Defense Plan. Assess conditions for additional control line locations for future consideration. Continue indirect line construction in Division A and Division Z.

Projected Incident Activity

12 Hours: Fire will have minimal backing movement tonight as the RH's come up.

24 Hours: The fire will continue backing through Beetle Kill timber, expect isolated torching. If slope, fuel and winds line up rapid upslope runs will occur. A dry cold front is expected to continue with increased and gusty winds.

48 Hours: The fire will continue backing through Beetle Kill timber, expect isolated torching. If slope, fuel and winds line up rapid upslope runs will occur.

72 Hours: The fire will continue backing through Beetle Kill timber, expect isolated torching. If slope, fuels and winds line up rapid upslope runs will occur.

Anticipated after 72 hours: Expected 5-6 days out the fire will back into Teanaway drainage. When this makes a slope reversal expect vary rapid crown runs to the west(uphill)

Remarks

M.A.P.s complete, indirect line construction in division A and Z.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

A weak dry cold front moved through Fri. afternoon bringing high cloud cover. Little change in temperatures and Relative Humidity (RH) from Thursday. Wind gusts slightly higher. Max temps in the 70's. Min. RH upper 20% to mid 30% range. Wind gusts in the teens at lower elevations.

Saturday's weather: slightly cooler with similar to RH to Friday. Max temps in the 70's. Min. RH mid 20% to lower 30% range under fair skies.

Unit Information

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Okanogan/Wenatchee National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Washington
Wenatchee, WA 98801
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