A lightning storm blanketed the northern Cascade Mountain Range on the evening August 4 igniting a fire in the Schneider Springs area of the Naches Ranger District approximately 20 miles northwest of Naches, WA. The fire grew quickly in the next several days in record hot and dry conditions, burning in heavy timber, standing dead trees, and very steep terrain that was difficult for ground resources to access.
The fire is now burning on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest and lands managed by the Washington Department of Natural Resources. There is a temporary area closure in place for public and state lands in and around the fire area. Northwest Team 10 assumed command of the Schneider Springs Fire as of September 11, 2021.
The Schneider Springs Fire is being managed under a full suppression strategy. Firefighters and suppression resources will shift around the fire perimeter to protect communities and take actions with the highest probability of success.
|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Wednesday August 04th, 2021 approx. 12:30 PM|
|Location||18 miles northwest of Naches, WA|
|Incident Commander||NW10 IMT 2 - Alan Lawson|
|Coordinates||46.84 latitude, -121.146 longitude|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||47%|
|Estimated Containment Date||Sunday October 31st, 2021 approx. 12:00 PM|
Short Grass (1 foot)
Timber (Litter and Understory)
Brush (2 feet)
Timber fuel models at upper elevations with closed canopy and heavy dead and down. Mid-elevations
are Douglas-fir and ponderosa pine timber litter with slash from prior management activities. 1000 hour
fuel moistures remain low and receptive to spotting embers, adding to control difficulty. Valley bottoms are grass and brush cured to late summer conditions.
Another Active Fire day on portions of the fire. Some of the interior islands of fuel continue to consume, which accounted for most of yesterday's growth. Growth also occurred in the American Ridge area of the fire as well.
Division A - Crews will continue to monitor the fire on the division, provide structure protection, patrol, mop up and backhaul excess equipment from the Bumping Lake area. Crews will also perform hazard tree mitigation.
Crews will Monitor American Ridge,
and evaluate the line around the ski lodge area.
Division D - Crews will provide for structure protection as needed. Crews will improve on the direct line construction from cliff to the river. Finally, crews will continue to masticate from Delta Staging and
working towards the northwest, as
well as backhaul excess equipment.
Division H - Crews will being mopping up 50 feet from fire perimeter and 150 feet around structures where safe to do so.
Continue chopping on the 250 and
Division O - Crews will spread out piles of chips from previous line prep work and continue to chip along the Bethel Ridge and the 1500
road. The rest is in patrol status.
Night - Crews will provide structure protection, monitor and hold. Close loop on any burning being conducted. Night shift was scheduled to short shift, but with fire activity and proximity to structures, the night shift will
remain at least the next several
Repair - The repair group will conduct priority repair as directed. Currently working on 1600, 1706 and 1709 roads. Crews are using the prioritization list of winter recreation as a guide for determining priority.
Roads - Crews are continuing to work on 1500 and 1600 as well as their spurs. Also working on Indian
|Projected Incident Activity|
Breakdown of high pressure brings winds, cooler and moist conditions. Winds are likely to keep fire active until moist air arrives. Smoldering will persist until fuels are extinguished with suppression efforts or totally consumed. Backing, flanking and creeping could lead to some isolated torching.
Cool, moist and chance of precipitation reduce fire behavior to minimal. Backing, flanking and
creeping should reduce to aggressive smoldering for the expected fire behavior. Heavy fuel
and jackpots will continue to burn until totally consumed or mopped up. Needle cast and grasses should reach moisture of extinction levels and not propagate fire.
Cool, moist and chance of precipitation reduce fire behavior to minimal. Continued aggressive
smoldering for the expected fire behavior. Heavy fuel and jackpots will continue to burn until
totally consumed or mopped up. Needle cast and grasses should reach moisture of extinction
levels and not propagate fire.
Continued aggressive smoldering for the expected fire behavior. Heavy fuel and jackpots will continue to burn until totally consumed or mopped up. Needle cast and grasses should reach moisture of extinction levels and not propagate fire.
Forest closures remain the same.
WA-DNR - 11733
Private - 503
Other Public (ROW) - 18
USFS non-wilderness - 50928
USFS Wilderness - 43900
Discrepancies in ownership acreage
due to mapping and rounding
Increased cloud cover ahead of an approaching storm system provided an opportunity for slightly cooler temperatures today.
Temperatures generally rose into the mid to upper 70s in the valleys
and mid 60s along ridgelines, helping to drive RH values to near
30% in the valleys and about 45%
along upper elevations. Winds generally favored a westerly direction, though areas of northwest and south to southwest were seen across the area with
speeds around 10 to 15 mph and gusts of 20 to 25 mph.
Monday and beyond.
A storm system will continue to move across the area on Monday, bringing substantial increases in cloud cover and wind, but minimal
rainfall. Periods of rain are anticipated east of the Cascade Crest over the Wilderness portion of the fire, with amounts of up to 0.1 to 0.2 inches. Toward the east end of the fire perimeter amounts of less than 0.1 inches are expected. Increased wind speeds with gusts as high as 30 mph out of the west to southwest will prevail during the day on Monday. This storm system will bring much cooler
temperatures into the area, with highs cooling by 10 to 15 degrees
along with a significant
increase in RH values. Colder air will linger over the area through
Wednesday before another weak storm system approaches.