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Miriam Fire

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

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Miriam Fire Information
Phone: 360-481-0031
Hours: 7 am - 9pm

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Announcement - 08/19/2018
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The Miriam Fire was detected on July 30th at approximately 10:00 am after lightning passed through the area on July 28. The fire is burning three miles east of White Pass Ski Area within the Goat Rocks Wilderness on the Naches Ranger District, of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. The fire is currently burning entirely within the Goat Rocks Wilderness. The fire is approximately 32 miles southwest of Naches, WA.

This is a full suppression fire with additional point protection at the White Pass Community, Ski Area, numerous organizational camps and other recreation facilities near Clear Lake and White Pass.

The Clear Fork Fire is also burning in the Goat Rocks Wilderness on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. The fire is located southwest of Shoe Lake, 5 miles south of the Miriam Fire. This fire was detected on August 8, likely the result of the lightning in that area on August 4.

Fire preparedness is at the highest level, PL 5, both regionally and nationally. Fire resources are shared and limited due to the number of large fire incidents across the western U.S.

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 CommanderDoug Johnson
Incident DescriptionWildfire
Coordinates46.61 latitude, -121.35 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel323
Size3,146 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained30%
Estimated Containment DateSunday September 30th, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber (Grass and Under story)

Timber (Litter and Under story)

Timber Litter (TL5) with low crown base height, Timber Understory (TU5) with mixed conifer, and Brush with Snags (TU1) in 2009 Twin Peaks burn scar. Lichen component in all elevations. Heavy fuels remain critically dry.

Significant Events

Isolated Torching

Uphill Runs

Moderate Creeping

Fuels were again shaded by an inversion. Observed fire behavior was low to moderate. Isolated torching, with active backing, and short fingering runs Where continuity of fuels allowed.

Outlook

Planned Actions

- Mop-up along the 1207 road and hand & dozer line NE corner of fire.

_prep south end of the 1207 road and hand line, burn out as conditions permit

- Continue logging on the 1204/1205 roads.

- Continue monitoring of structure protection needs in Div. C.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours: Fire activity will be moderate as hot and dry conditions persist. Surface fire activity to include backing, flanking, and up slope fingering runs. There may be persistent consumption of large woody fuels. Increased spotting distances and effective fire brands receptors increase probability of spot fire generation.

24 hours: low relative humidity and strong, gusty winds create the potential for active fire behavior. Surface fire activity to include backing, flanking , and up slope fingering runs. There may be persistent consumption of large woody fuels. Increased spotting distances and effective fire brands receptors increase probability of spot fire generation.

48 hours: Fire activity will be moderate as hot and dry conditions persist. Surface fire activity to include backing, flanking, and up slope fingering runs. There may be persistent consumption of large woody fuels. Increased spotting distances and effective fire brands receptors increase probability of spot fire generation.

72 hours: Fire will remain active, but some short term relief appears to be moving over the fire area. This may include increased night time humidity recovery and cooler temperatures. Expected fire behavior include backing, flanking,up slope fingering runs, and torching.

Anticipated after 72 hours: Fire will remain active, but some short-term relief may be coming early next week. This may include increased nighttime humidity recovery and cooler temperatures. Expected fire behavior includes backing, flanking, short up-slope spread, and torching. Heavy fuels will continue to be consumed completely contributing smoke production.

Remarks

The NWITM8 is also managing the Clear Fork Fire on the Gifford Pinchot.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Smoke will continue to blanket the vicinity for the next few days. A low pressure system off the coast will track across WA and OR on Monday and remain over the two state area Tuesday and Wednesday. The biggest impact on the Miriam Fire will be increasing instability and increasing wind. Cumulus clouds will tower along the Cascades Monday, and northeast wind will increase with gusts to 15 mph along ridge tops.