Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
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Wenatchee, WA 98801
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Lightning-Ignited Fire Burning in the Wilderness
This Devore Creek Fire is burning entirely within the Glacier Peak Wilderness, between 5,700 – 6,800 feet of elevation. Lightning storms came through the area on July 23 and 24, 2019. The fire was reported on July 26 and first observed at by aerial reconnaissance at five acres. Rapellers arrived within two hours of the initial report and the fire had grown to approximately 75 acres. They could not safety engage the fire directly due to its size, the extremely steep terrain, and the amount of fuel available to burn.
Fire Expected to Burn Until a Season Ending Weather Event
The fire has seen minimal growth in recent days, but due to the fire’s remote location and the heavy fuels it’s burning in, the fire will be on the landscape for the rest of the season. Days are getting shorter and the chances of active fire growth are diminishing but the fire could come back to life with an extended warming and drying trend. There may still be potential for the fire to become more active and grow as the season progresses, especially on warm, windy and sunny days. Increased smoke may be visible at times. Hot spots within the fire’s perimeter will continue to smolder until extinguished naturally by repeated rain or snow.
Devore Creek Fire Information:
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|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Tuesday July 23rd, 2019 approx. 12:00 AM|
|Location||3 air miles southwest of Stehekin, Washington|
|Incident Commander||Josh Verellen|
|Coordinates||48.258 latitude, -120.716 longitude|
Dense stands that are a mix of Sub-Alpine Fir, Silver Fir, Douglas Fir, and Lodgepole Pine.
Limited new growth during warm, dry weather days with some smoke visible in the immediate area. Internal smoldering continues. During cool, moist days there will be little to no new growth.
A Long Term Strategic Operational Plan has been developed for the incident and will be implemented if fire conditions warrant.
|Projected Incident Activity|
The fire will likely continue to smolder and creep in heavy fuels until a season ending rain or snow event.
Estimated cost: $1,058,000