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Nason Fire

Unit Information

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

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Incident Contact

Nason Fire Information
Phone: 509-761-9983
Hours: 8 am to 8 pm

Highlighted Activity

09/07/2021 Part of Road 6700 closed for Nason Fire emergency traffic
For the safety of firefighters and the public, approximately 3 miles of Road 6700 is closed to public traffic, from Lake Minotaur Trailhead (southwest edge of the fire) to Rainy Creek Campground...
Announcement - 09/07/2021
White smoke drifts east over a sharp ridgeline of heavy subalpine timberImage options: [ Full Size ]

Located 17 miles northwest of Plain, Washington, the Nason Fire is approximately 1,269 acres, burning in very steep, rocky terrain that is difficult to access. Its initial position high on a north facing slope along the Nason Ridge made it dangerous for firefighters to directly attack the fire. Fire managers then implemented indirect firefighting strategies, which were the safest available tactics due to the fire’s location.

Over the September 18-19 weekend, almost 1.5 inches of rain fell in the vicinity of the Nason Fire. Firefighters have started rehabilitation work on the fire, which consists mainly of chipping fuels and hazard tree removal on the 6700 and 6702 roads. Firefighters utilized Road 6700 as a containment line along the west and north edges of the fire; a portion of the road is closed for public safety as crews continue working to mitigate hazards. 

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Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning
Date of OriginWednesday August 04th, 2021 approx. 12:00 AM
Location17 miles NW of Plain, WA; 7 miles southeast of the Unincorporated communities of Lake Wenatchee
Incident CommanderBarajas
Coordinates47.828 latitude, -120.96 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel8
Size1,269 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained70%
Fuels Involved

Timber (Litter and Understory)

Short Grass (1 foot)

Significant Events

Minimal fire behavior, growing less than 10 acres per day; smoldering, creeping, and backing

Outlook

Planned Actions

Fire crews are assessing hazards to Road 6700 in anticipation of reopening the road within the next couple of weeks. They will also continue to improve holding features and assess fire progression.

Projected Incident Activity

Minimal fire behavior.

Smoke is visible on the ridgeline, especially in the afternoon when the fire and fuels are more exposed to heat from the sun.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Weather is expected to warm and dry over the week.