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Schneider Springs

Unit Information

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

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Incident Contact

Schneider Springs Fire Information
Email: 2021.schneidersprings@firenet.gov
Phone: 509-653-1468
Hours: SUN-SAT 8AM-7PM

Highlighted Activity

09/25/2021 Schneider Springs Fire Update for September 25, 2021
Yesterday and Overnight: Continued warm and dry weather contributed to more active fire behavior. Operations managers used the favorable weather conditions to complete additional burn operations....
News - 09/25/2021
PIO Map Sept 24, 2021Image options: [ Full Size ]

 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.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning/natural
Date of OriginWednesday August 04th, 2021 approx. 12:30 PM
Location18 miles northwest of Naches, WA
Incident CommanderNW10 IMT 2 - Alan Lawson
Incident DescriptionWildfire
Coordinates46.84 latitude, -121.146 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel439
Size105,523 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained43%
Estimated Containment DateSunday October 31st, 2021 approx. 12:00 PM
Fuels Involved

Short Grass (1 foot)

Timber (Litter and Understory)

Brush (2 feet)

Narrative:

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.

Significant Events

Active

Flanking

Group Torching

Narrative:

Continued warm and dry conditions today kept fire behavior moderate. Primary fire behavior observed was smoldering, creeping, backing, flanking and even group torching occurred in uncontained areas of

the fire. Jackpots and heavy fuels continue to consume.

Outlook

Planned Actions

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, which has been added to this division, 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 continue to hold and improve the line from DP 40 to 26 in the Cliffdell area. They will provide for structure protection, mop up the 1706 road, monitor and patrol and continue to

backhaul excess equipment as well

as conduct hazard tree mitigation

on Old River Road.

Division O - Crews should complete backhaul of equipment in the next operational period. Crews will

spread out piles of chips from previous line prep work and continue to chip along the Bethel Ridge and the 1500 road.

Night - Crews will provide structure protection, monitor and hold. Close loop on any burning being conducted.

Repair - The repair group will conduct priority repair as directed. Currently working on 1500 and 1600 road/trail systems. 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

Creek Road.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours:

Warm and dry day with high pressure building over the fire area. Gusty wind could increase fire behavior a make fire more resistant to control efforts. Smoldering will persist until fuels are extinguished with suppression efforts or totally consumed. Backing, flanking and creeping could lead to some isolated torching.

24 hours:

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.

48 hours:

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.

72 hours:

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.

Remarks

Forest closures remain the same.

Ownership Breakdown:

WA-DNR - 11733

Private - 503

Other Public (ROW) - 18

USFS non-wilderness - 49773

USFS Wilderness - 43871

Discrepancies in ownership acreage

due to mapping and rounding

anomalies.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Saturday

Another day of sun and no shading resulted in low afternoon

humidity and warm temperatures. Minimum afternoon humidity

values of 20 to 25 percent were observed, coinciding with valley

temperatures in the 80s. Winds favored a southwesterly direction

with speeds of 5 to 15 mph.

Sunday and beyond...

An approaching storm system will bring moisture into the area by

Monday. For Sunday expect increasing clouds and wind, but no rain.

Westerly winds of 10 to 15 mph and gusts up to 20 mph are expected by afternoon, but associated with higher humidity values of 30 to 40

percent. Afternoon temperatures

will be cooler with highs ranging from the mid 60s to mid 70s. Winds will continue to be gusty into Monday with an opportunity for wetting rain near the Cascade Crest which may impact the Wilderness

portion of the fire, but have little impact farther east.