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Cedar Creek

Unit Information

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

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Incident Contact

Fire Information Center
Phone: 509-557-0740
Hours: 8 am - 8 pm

Highlighted Activity

08/02/2021 Community Meetings to Stream Online
Two community meetings to provide updates on the Cedar Creek, Cub Creek 2, and Delancy Fires will be offered this week:Winthrop Community Meeting, 6 p.m. Monday:  ...
Announcement - 08/02/2021

Multiple fires were started by lightning on July 8, 2021 in the Methow Valley, within the boundaries of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. Many of the fires were contained, but three of the fires escaped initial attack. The Cedar Creek and Varden Fires merged together and are now being referred to as just the Cedar Creek Fire. 


Operational Briefing 8/2/21:
 
8/2/21 Operational Briefing - InciWeb the Incident Information System (nwcg.gov)
 

Current Evacuation Map for the Cedar Creek, Delancy, and Cub Creek Fires:  
 
https://demokanogan.maps.arcgis.com/apps/View/index.html?appid=d0932c342e6448bcbcf99f3cb4344636  
 

For Okanogan County Emergency Management information and to sign up for text alerts: 
https://www.okanogancounty.org/government/emergency_management/index.php  
  

Highway Information: 
https://www.wsdot.com/traffic/trafficalerts/default.aspx  

For more information: 
The WSDOT Blog - Washington State Department of Transportation: Multiple wildfires likely to keep stretch of SR 20 closed through at least July

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest Closure Map: 
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/photos/WAOWF/2021-07-12-1429-Varden-Fire/related_files/pict20210623-113728-0.pdf

Fire Information Phone Number: 509-557-0740

Email: 2021.cedarcreek@firenet.gov

Facebook: www.facebook.com/MazamaFires2021

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning/natural
Date of OriginSunday July 11th, 2021 approx. 05:45 AM
LocationFour miles west, southwest from Mazama, WA
Incident CommanderEvans Kuo, GBIMT1
Incident DescriptionWildfire
Coordinates48.595 latitude, -120.537 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel822
Size50,406 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained23%
Estimated Containment DateSunday October 31st, 2021 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber (litter and understory), Brush (2 feet), Short Grass (1 foot): Heavy downed woody fuels are burning readily. Resistance to control is very high due to snags, deep duff, and heavy downed woody fuels in many areas.

Significant Events

Active, single tree torching, backing, and flanking. Active fire behavior today with warming and drying.

Outlook

Planned Actions

1. In Division H, improve and secure direct line where the fire crossed the 4410 road, east of Gobblers Knob. Continue constructing and improving the direct line to the Thompson Ridge dozer line. With favorable conditions, firing operations will likely occur from the Sun Mountain Lodge area south along the 4410 Road. Identify and continue to improve indirect line construction opportunities along the Elbow Coulee road from Twisp River Road to the Pine Forest subdivision.

2. In Division J, construct and improve direct line from drop point 95 in Little Bridge Creek along the Cabin Creek drainage to Thompson Ridge near Helispot 15. Construct and improve direct handline from drop point 95 in the bottom of Little Bridge Creek along the fires edge, tying in to natural features.

3. In Division Z, continue to improve indirect handline from the northern tip of Vasiliki Ridge down to Highway 20 to prevent spread to the west along the highway corridor. Continue to assess and implement the use of rotor wing retardant to strengthen the upper portion of the indirect line below Vasiliki Ridge. Continue to hold any unburned pockets of fuel between the main fire and containment lines along Highway 20. Mop-up operations will continue where fire activity allows. Division Z will also be monitoring the Delancy Fire and taking appropriate action to minimize fire movement.

4. In Divisions A and D, resources will be mopping up and patrolling for any threats to containment lines.

5. Night operations will be holding areas of concern in Division Z near Silver Star Creek as well as Gobblers Knob and Little Bridge Creek. Resources will also begin mopping up where fire activity allows.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours:

Active fire behavior in the Little Bridge Creek, Thompson's Ridge, Silver Star Creek, Gobblers Knob, and the 4410 Road area.

24 hours:

Active fire behavior in the Little Bridge Creek, Thompson's Ridge, Silver Star Creek, Gobblers Knob, and the 4410 Road area.

48 hours:

Active fire behavior in the Little Bridge Creek, Thompson's Ridge, Silver Star Creek, Gobblers Knob, and the 4410 Road area.

72 hours:

Active fire to extreme behavior in the Little Bridge Creek, Thompson's Ridge, Silver Star Creek, Gobblers Knob, and the 4410 Road area.

Anticipated after 72 hours: Potential precipitation will decrease fire behavior.

Remarks

Ownership:

Forest Service - 48743 acres

Private - 723 acres

State - 940

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

The day started humid with a mix of smoke and fog across the area. Fog lifted early, with mostly clear skies through the day. Temperatures were much warmer today with minimal cloud cover. Down-valley northwest winds increased early in the afternoon, with a few gusts to 20 mph. Winds relaxed after sunset.

Tuesday 8/3

Heat continues to increase on Tuesday, with an Excessive Heat Watch in effect. Humidity recovery will only rise to 60 to 70 percent overnight. Minimum humidity levels are expected to dip down into the 20-30 percent range. Up-valley breezes will return Tuesday morning, with a few gusts of 10-15 mph, before westerly flow returns in the afternoon. with more down-valley gusts nearing 20 mph.