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Norse Peak Fire


Norse Peak Fire Update, Friday, September 22, 2017
Date Started: Aug. 11, 2017; Cause: Lightning; Acreage: 52,056 (Norse Peak), 3,853 (American), 1,061 (Saw Mill) Percent Completed: 80% (Norse Peak), 99% (American), 99% (Sawmill Creek). Total... more


Approximate Location

46.951 latitude, -121.374 longitude

Incident Overview

Map of Norse Peak Fire on September 22, 2017

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Thirteen fires were ignited by lightning on August 10th and 11th, in the vicinity of the William O. Douglas and Norse Peak Wilderness Areas on the Naches Ranger District of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. The fires were burning in steep rocky terrain, with difficult access. Two of the fires reached significant size : the Norse Peak Fire (north of State Route (SR) 410 near Union Creek) and American Fire (between SR410 and Bumping Lake). These fires were zoned and managed collectively as “Norse Peak.” Resources were shared between the fires. The western portion (referred to as the North Zone) of the Norse Peak Fire was in Pierce County, west of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) with a base camp established in Enumclaw, WA. The South Zone including the American Fire, east of the PCT was managed from the base camp at the Chinook Workstation, located 22 miles west of Naches, WA.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginFriday August 11th, 2017 approx. 08:00 PM
Location11 Miles west of Cliffdell, WA
Incident CommanderNoel Livingston, IC
Incident DescriptionWildfire

Current Situation

Total Personnel321
Size55,909 Acres
Estimated Containment DateWednesday November 01st, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber (Litter and Understory), Heavy Logging Slash, Short Grass.

Main influence has been fuel and topography dominated. Fuels consist of grass, brush, and timber litter w/heavy down (FM 1, 4, 10). Extensive stands of mixed conifer with heavy dead and down are

dominant throughout. Live woody fuel moisture is about 80% making brush available to burn. 1000-hour fuel moisture is about 8%. Heavy fuels are holding heat readily.

Significant Events

Minimal fire behavior. Generally, creeping and smoldering. Some slow surface spread in heavy fuels under heavy canopy.


Planned Actions

South Branch:

-DIV A/C/V/X: Patrol divisions

American Incident is in Monitor status.

-DIV Q/T: Unstaffed

North Branch:

-DIV E/G/I: Patrol Hwy 410 corridor.

-DIV J: Continue roadside cleanup of fuels by chipping, piling, and processing per suppression repair standards.

-Sawmill (DIV L/M/O): Monitor Status

Projected Incident Activity

Cold and wet weather pattern is expected to reduce fire activity to creeping, smoldering. This will further reduce fire spread.


Transition back to local unit for the South Branch will occur on 9/23.

Transition to a Type 3 organization for the North Branch will occur on 9/23.

Norse Peak:

Percent (%) Contained or Completed: 80%. Total Percentage (%) of Perimeter that will be Contained or Completed: 20%


Percent (%) Contained or Completed: 99%. Total Percentage (%) of Perimeter that will be Contained or Completed: 75%

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Cool and unsettled conditions continued across the fire today with another round of light to moderate rainfall. Not all areas saw wetting rains, but most locations received close to a tenth of an inch of precipitation. Temperatures remained cool across the fire with highs in the 40s and 50s. The high ridge tops struggled to get out of the 30s today. Variable winds were reported near the showers, with the general wind from the northwest in the afternoon. Scattered precipitation chances to continue through the overnight tonight, with isolated chances tomorrow over the crest. Highs will remain below average with just a slight upward trend expected. The relative humidity will be high, most locations will remain above 50%during peak heating. Winds are expected to remain from the northwest with gusts to 15 mph possible on exposed ridge tops.

Unit Information

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

Incident Contact

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Phone: 253-666-8841
Hours: Phones staffed 7:30 am to 7:30 pm; voice mail available

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