The Cub Creek 2 Fire started on July 16, 2021, at 1:27 PM. It's located 5 miles north of Winthrop, Washington on lands managed by Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, State of Washington and Okanogan Fire District 6. It was initially estimated at 2000 acres and observed actively running, spotting, and torching in grass, brush and timber. Cedar Creek firefighting resources were diverted to assist with initial attack. By 7 pm that evening, a type 3 organization, staffed by many members of Northwest Team 8 from the nearby Cedar Creek Fire, was in charge, 50 residences were threatened, and evacuations and road closures were in effect. A Red Cross shelter was set up and the Washington State structure strike team was reassigned to protect properties. By July 17th, 271 single residences were threatened and one outbuilding was confirmed destroyed and road, trail and area closures were in effect. On July 23rd, California Incident Management Team 1, took command. Cooperators include Washington DNR, Okanogan County Fire District #6, Okanogan County, Washington State Patrol, Washington Dept. of Transportation, OCEC, City of Winthrop, City of Twisp, Washington State Parks.
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Resources for additional information:
Fire Information Line – (509)-593-0574 (8:00 am to 9:00 pm)
StoryMap Link: https://arcg.is/1euzWj
Inciweb Page: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7675/
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/CubCreek2Fire2021
Smoke Blog: https://wasmoke.blogspot.com/
Highway Information: https://www.wsdot.com/traffic/trafficalerts/default.aspx
Methow Conservancy (Wildfire Preparedness): https://methowconservancy.org/discover/fire-prep-recovery%20
Wildfire Ready Neighbors (House Assessments): https://wildfireready.dnr.wa.gov/
|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Friday July 16th, 2021 approx. 01:30 PM|
|Location||5 miles north of Winthrop, WA|
|Incident Commander||Jerry McGowen|
|Coordinates||48.551 latitude, -120.194 longitude|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||11%|
|Estimated Containment Date||Tuesday August 31st, 2021 approx. 12:00 AM|
Lower elevations are characterized by a GS2 (Grass /Shrub) and higher elevations by a TU5 (Timber Understory) with down dead fuel component, reproduction, and short brush, with ladders fuels into the
canopy. Some of the higher elevations have a moss/lichen component, which is engaging in the canopy. About half of areas of the fire are reaching old fire scars, characterized by brush or brush with heavy down component.
(no infrared flight last night due to mechanical issue - size is estimated at 44,100 we will try for another flight tonight) Modest growth on the east flank as the fire burns through jackpots of heavy dead & down fuel from the 2006 Tripod Fire. Fire is backing and flanking, with occasional torching and short crown runs. Significant
activity overnight in the Eight Mile Creek drainage between the 2018 McLeod Fire and the 2014 Upper Falls Creek Fire. Northerly spread from the west flank is blocked by these previous fires, which are currently checking fire behavior.
Greatest risk of spread is to the south toward Cub Creek, since there has been no recent fire history there. Fortunately, the Cub Creek 2 Fire is somewhat sheltered from north winds
Continue to strengthen control lines along southern portion of the fire to limit fire spread south towards Winthrop. Scout for containment lines and establish control lines along the fire perimeter where fire behavior allows. Protect structures and infrastructure in and around the fire area.
|Projected Incident Activity|
-Town of Winthrop and adjacent communities of Methow Valley
-Town of Mazama
-Eight Mile Ranch
-Cub Creek residences and Forest Service facilities
-Chewuch Creek and Road residences and Forest Service recreation facilities
-Okanogan County Electric Cooperative powerlines and distribution systems
-Falls Creek Infrastructure
- Twenty Mile and Sweet grass Lookouts
-Bull Trout, Canada Lynx and Northern Spotted Owl Habitats
-Class 1 Airshed
-Loomis Washington DNR Protection Area
-Significant loss of Seattle-based area tourism revenue
Acres in each ownership: Private- 640ac., WA State - 687ac., Fish and Wildlife - 173, USFS - 39377ac. Fire cause remains under investigation.
Winds across the fire area were lighter gusting to 15 mph in the
afternoon and evening with heavy smoke. Temperatures were
around 80 with continued dry air. Temperatures for the afternoon
ranged from 75 in the mountains to just over 80 in the valleys.
Expect warming temperatures into the middle 80s in the valleys. A
few clouds will be around but no rain is expected. Winds will be
breezy at times from the west and northwest especially in the
afternoon and evening