Rock Creek Fire Update - 9/12/2016 10 a.m.
Incident: Rock Creek Fire Wildfire
Rock Creek Fire Update9/12/2016 10:00 a.m. PT
Fire Information: (509) 653-1468
Officials continue to advise the public to stay away from the fire area due to the potential for rapid fire spread and fire fighting vehicles in the area.
At 0600 today, Northwest Interagency Incident Management Team 7 took over management of the Rock Creek Fire. The Incident Command Post is located at the Chinook Pass Work Center in Yakima County.
Location – The Rock Creek Fire is burning in the Naches Ranger District 12 miles northwest of Naches, Washington in the Rock Creek drainage east of SR 410.
Yesterday’s Operations – Hot shot crews built fireline from the western edge of the fire eastward along the south flank. Both fixed wing retardant aircraft and helicopters were heavily used on both the eastern and northwest flanks to check the spread of the fire. There was active fire behavior late into the night and firefighters contained several additional spot fires.
Today’s Operations – Air resources will continue to check the spread of the fire, as needed today. Firefighters are utilizing roads and natural barriers for firelines whenever possible and continue to scout for spot fires. Structure protection forces are in place to protect nearby residences in Rock Creek and along SR 410.
Weather and Fire Behavior – The forecast calls for gusty northeast winds up to 25 mph on the ridges and temperatures in the mid 60’s near the fire. During the afternoon the seasonable dry forest fuels (live and dead vegetation) will be receptive to new ignitions outside current firelines (spot fires) and a potential for fire growth.Evacuations and Closures – A Level Two evacuation notice (i.e. be fully prepared to leave the area) has been issued for people residing east of SR 410 from just south of Cliffdell to Forest Road 1701.