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Pincer Creek Fire

Unit Information

Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Washington
Everett, WA 98201

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Incident Contact

Public Information Officer
Email: 2021.pincercreek@firenet.gov
Phone: 971-334-7674
Hours: 7:00am - 3:30 pm, M-F, closed on weekends

Highlighted Activity

08/14/2021 MT. BAKER-SNOQUALMIE NATIONAL FOREST ORDER #06-05-21-09 PINCER CREEK FIRE C
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE FOREST SERVICE MT. BAKER-SNOQUALMIE NATIONAL FOREST ORDER #06-05-21-09 PINCER CREEK FIRE CLOSURE   Pursuant to 16 U.S.C. § 551 and 36 CFR § 261.50(a).
Closure - 08/14/2021
The Pincer Creek Fire creeps in heavy dead and down timber on August 11, 2021.Image options: [ Full Size ]

Summary: On Aug. 3, 2021 a lightning storm ignited several small fires on the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.   One of the fires that was ignited, the Pincer Creek Fire, is located 18 air miles east southeast of the Marblemount community in the Glacier Peak Wilderness. It is burning in very steep terrain in an old fire scar with numerous snags and heavy dead and down fuels. 

Evacuations: None.

Over the past several weeks, the weather has shifted to a more fall like pattern with cloudy, moist, cool weather. “We are thankful that activity on the Pincer Creek Fire is minimal.” Said Kit Moffit, Acting Forest Fire Staff Officer for the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. “Based on the current weather forecast and minimal expected fire behavior, we are pleased to announce that Forest System Road #15 (Cascade River Road) will be reopened on September 16, 2021. We know that the Pincer Creek Fire closure has been a major inconvenience and we appreciate the public’s understanding.”
 
Closures:  The Mt. Baker Ranger District Cascade River Trail, the Middle Fork Cascade Trail and South Fork Cascade Trail are closed to the public due to their proximity to the Pincer Creek Fire. The Sibley Creek Road and Hidden Lake Trail are not currently threatened by the fire, but are closed to allow firefighters to staff the lookout to support fire operations. This closure order is effective Aug 7. 2021 until rescinded: www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/mbs/alerts-notices.

North Cascades National Park staff report that the Cascade River Road will be open to vehicular traffic to the El Dorado parking area (milepost 20). Access beyond that will be foot traffic only, due to debris and rocks that have fallen in an unrelated incident near the Boston Basin culvert. Crews will assess the damage over the next several days to determine a course of action. For additional information please contact North Cascades National Park at 360-854-7245. 

This is the last fire update from the Pincer Creek Fire unless there is significant fire activity.  The Pincer Creek Inciweb site will become inactive within the next two weeks.  
 

 
 
 

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning
Date of OriginTuesday August 03rd, 2021 approx. 08:00 PM
Location15 miles east of Marblemount
Incident CommanderErik Usher
Incident DescriptionFire was ignited by lightning on August 3, 2021 in the old fire scar of the Mineral Park fire of 2003.
Coordinates48.458 latitude, -121.127 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel7
Size980 Acres
Fuels Involved

Brush and Timber, heavy dead and down material.

Significant Events

The fire continues to creep and smolder within the old fire scar of the Mineral Park fire.

Outlook

Planned Actions

Look for opportunities to contain fire as it approaches the South Fork of the Cascade River

Projected Incident Activity

Confine and contain fire south of Pincer Creek and north of the South Fork of the Cascade River

Remarks

Forest System Road #15 (Cascade River Road) will be open on September 16, 2021

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Partly sunny on Wednesday, mostly sunny on Thursday, rain for Friday through Sunday.