Sawmill Creek Fire

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Sawmill Creek Fire


Sawmill creek update for September 21, 2017
Fire Summary: Some wetting rains are still possible. Temperatures will remain below the seasonal average with a slight upward trend expected into the weekend. Minimal fire growth with isolated... more


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47.163 latitude, -121.436 longitude

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Norse Peak, Sawmill Creek, and American Fire Update Thursday, September 21, 2017
awmill Fire Contact:
Sawmill Fire Information 509-658-1489
Norse Peak and American Fire Contact:
Norse Peak Fire Information 509-658-2475

Fire Summary: Pacific Northwest Incident Management Team 3 with Incident Commander Noel Livingston has assumed command of Norse Peak, American, and Sawmill Fires.

Saw Mill Creek Fire: Continued rain have kept the fire within its current footprint. No additional firefighting, or fireline suppression repair work is anticipated in the near future.

CLOSURES: The Incident Management Team is working closely with local agencies on road and area closures. Forest Roads 1800 and 1900 will reopen as soon as it is safe for the firefighters and the public. It is not possible to accurately predict when these will reopen, however any news regarding the opening of these roads will be announced on Inciweb and Facebook at Norse Peak Fire Information.

State Route 410 will reopen to thru traffic only at 12 noon today. State Route 410 on the west side of the Cascades and Highway 123 remain open. Bumping River Road has been opened to private landowners only and Crystal Mountain Boulevard remain closed. The Pacific Crest Trail is closed from White Pass to Snoqualmie Pass. Boulder Cave Recreation Area is closed.

EVACUATIONS: No Level 3 Evacuations remain in place for the Norse Peak, American, or Sawmill Creek Fires.

PIERCE COUNTY: LEVEL 1: FS 7160 eastbound on SR 410 to Crystal Mountain Blvd, to fire danger advisory level 1. Level 1 means be alert. Be aware. Danger exists in your area. Monitor local media for information. Pierce County has dropped the level 3 evacuation for Greenwater Area 4. All other awareness and evacuation levels in the Greenwater area, to include Gold Hills and Crystal Mountain Resort, have been lifted.

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Fire closures can be found at:

Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Forest closures can be found at:

Mt. Rainier National Park updates can be found at:

Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife hunting/fishing information and closures, please contact at 360-902-2200.

King and Pierce County Emergency Management offer free notification services to alert residents of emergencies such as severe weather, flooding, unexpected road closures, missing persons and evacuations. For more information or to sign up for alert services visit for ALERT King County or for Pierce County ALERT.

The fire is located within the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forests, home to Vine Maple, Sword Fern, Douglas fir, Western Red cedar, Alder, and Western Hemlock, wild berries including blackberries, Christmas trees, cones, ferns, firewood, and fungi (including mushrooms). At its lowest elevation, the fire is 1,300 feet, rising to 4,584.

The Sawmill Creek Fire was reported to the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) dispatch center on Sept. 4, at 7:30 p.m.

For information on the Norse Creek Fire
Norse Peak Fire Closure Map

Game Management Units (GMU) in the Green and White rivers region have been directly impacted by both land and road closures due to fire. Hunting seasons are currently open with more to follow in the days and weeks to come. Please be sure to look at your hunting regulations or contact the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (425-775)-1311 to see about any closures prior to leaving for your hunt. Please know your target and what lies beyond.

The Washington National Guard, citizens serving citizens with pride & tradition, serves King and Pierce counties this week and citizens of Enumclaw and Greenwater communities during the Sawmill Creek Fire by providing communications, security, tents and fire line activities. The National Guard is assisting with communications, security and fireline support.

Several trails are currently closed to include; 1031 Kelly Butte, 1032 Sawmill Creek, 1032.2 Sawmill Ridge, 1172 Divide Trail, 1172.1 Bone Lake, 1195 Colquhoun Peak Trail and The Pacific Crest Trail (from White Pass to Snoqualmie Pass). Numerous roads in the area are also closed.

The Department of Natural Resources - South Puget Sound Region covers King, Pierce, Kitsap, Mason, Thurston, and parts of Snohomish, Lewis and Grays Harbor counties. Sitting between the central Cascades and the Olympic Mountains, this region is trisected north and south by Puget Sound, Hood Canal, and Lake Washington and includes the popular Tahoma, Elbe Hills, Capitol, Green Mountain, Tahuya and Tiger Mountain state forests. The region includes 359,524 acres of state forest, agriculture, urban, and conservation lands, and the staff oversee forest practices on approximately 2.5 million acres and leads wildfire prevention and fighting efforts on 1.9 million acres of state and private forestland. Our South Puget Sound Region manages over 37,776 acres of conservation lands including Mount Si and Woodard Bay Natural Resources Conservation Areas. Our South Puget Sound Region works with volunteers to provide visitors with access to more than 30 recreation sites and over 450 miles of trails.

Mount Rainier National Park
is the most glaciated peak in the contiguous U.S.A., spawning six major rivers. Subalpine wildflower meadows ring the icy volcano while ancient forest cloaks Mount Rainier’s lower slopes. Wildlife abounds in the park’s ecosystems. Mount Rainier ascending to 14,410 feet above sea level, stands as an icon in the Washington landscape. As president of the newly formed Sierra Club, John Muir gave numerous lectures and wrote various articles advocating for the preservation of Mt. Rainier from the years 1893 to 1899.

Located on the western slopes of the Cascade mountain range extending over 140 miles between Seattle, Washington and Vancouver, British Columbia is the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest with beautiful glacier-covered peaks and spectacular mountain meadows it is one of the most visited forests in the country. Old growth forests rich in history and outdoor opportunities are there for discovery. Visit

A large and diverse landscape offering multiple wildernesses, biking and wheelchair accessible trails is the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest providing over 4 million acres along the east slopes of the Cascade Range in Washington.

Cooperators on the incident include Department of Natural Resources South Puget Sound Region, Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Green River Watershed, Pierce County Sheriff’s Office, Greenwater Fire Department, and Washington State Guard.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseCause Is Under Investigation
Date of OriginMonday September 04th, 2017 approx. 07:30 PM
LocationWest of the Norse Peak wilderness and south of the Tacoma watershed.
Incident CommanderIncident Commander, Noel Livingston Pacific Northwest Incident Management Team 3
Incident DescriptionFull Suppression

Current Situation

Total Personnel179
Size1,061 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained99%
Estimated Containment DateSunday October 01st, 2017 approx. 06:00 PM
Fuels Involved

Timber (Litter and Understory).

Main influence has been fuel and topography dominated. Fuels consist of grass, brush, and timber litter.

Significant Events

Minimal, Creeping, Smoldering.

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


Planned Actions

Monitor Sawmill fire and prepare to implement fire suppression repair per DNR and Forest direction.

Projected Incident Activity

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


Fire will transition back to local unit at 0600 on 9/22/2017.

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

South Puget Sound Region-Department of Natural Resources

Incident Contact

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Phone: 253-666-8841
Hours: 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.

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