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Miriam Fire

Unit Information

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

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Because minimal fire growth is expected after the recent rain and snow, the Yakima Valley Office of Emergency Management terminated all evacuation levels on September 17, 2018

The area closure for the Miriam and Clear Fork Fires was reduced in size on September 7, 2018. Go to https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd589952.pdf to read the Closure Order.

The Miriam Fire was detected on July 30 at approximately 10:00 a.m. after lightning passed through the area on July 28. The fire is burning within the Goat Rocks Wilderness on the Naches Ranger District of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest 32 miles southwest of Naches, Washington. The fire is east of the White Pass Ski Area, south of Highway 12, and west of the Tieton River.

The Clear Fork Fire is burning in the Goat Rocks Wilderness on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. The fire is located southwest of Shoe Lake and approximately 2 miles west of the Miriam Fire. This fire was detected on August 8, likely the result of lightning in the area on August 4.

These fires are being managed with a combined contain, confine, and monitor strategy in order to protect public and firefighter safety; the White Pass Ski Resort and surrounding area; recreational cabins, camps and resorts on Clear and Rimrock Lakes; State Highway 12; Goat Rocks Wilderness; and fish and wildlife habitat.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning
Date of OriginMonday July 30th, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM
Location2 miles SE of White Pass
Incident CommanderIC4 Beau Clark, IC4 Trainee Austin Betts
Incident DescriptionWildfire
Coordinates46.61 latitude, -121.35 longitude

Current Situation

Size5,400 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained50%
Estimated Containment DateSunday September 30th, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber (Grass and Under story)

Timber (Litter and Under story)

Closed Timber Litter.

Timber Litter with low crown base height, timber understory with mixed conifer, and brush with snags in 2009 Twin Peaks burn scar. Lichen component in all elevations. Heavy fuels are critically dry.