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Cub Creek 2 Fire

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

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07/26/2021 Community Meeting July 27 Winthrop & 28 in Twisp
There will be two community meetings this week for the Cub Creek 2 Fire and the Cedar Creek Fire.  On Tuesday the 27th, the meeting will be in Winthrop at Mack Lloyd Park at 6:00 pm. On Wednesday...
Announcement - 07/26/2021
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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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Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseUnder Investigation
Date of OriginFriday July 16th, 2021 approx. 01:30 PM
Location5 miles north of Winthrop, WA
Incident CommanderJerry McGowen
Incident DescriptionWildfire
Coordinates48.551 latitude, -120.194 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel535
Size51,168 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained11%
Estimated Containment DateTuesday August 31st, 2021 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

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.

Significant Events

(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


Planned Actions

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

12 hours:

Potential impacts:

-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

Natural Resources:

-Bull Trout, Canada Lynx and Northern Spotted Owl Habitats

-Class 1 Airshed

-Loomis Washington DNR Protection Area

Economic Impact:

-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.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns


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