Rock Creek Fire Update - 9/14/2016 10 a.m.
Incident: Rock Creek Fire Wildfire
Rock Creek Fire Update
9/14/2016 10:00 a.m. PT
Fire Information: (509) 658-1366
Please Note the New Fire Information Telephone Number
At this time the Rock Creek Fire is suspected to be human caused and is under investigation.
Location – The Rock Creek Fire is burning in the Naches Ranger District and on lands protected by the Washington Department of Resources (DNR) 12 miles northwest of Naches, Washington in the Rock Creek drainage east of SR 410.
Yesterday’s Operations – Firefighters made significant progress in establishing and securing containment lines. The west, south and east flanks now have initial containment lines in place with varying stages of securing actions being accomplished. Warmer temperatures supported increased fire activity, particularly on the northwest corner of the fire. The upslope movement had been anticipated with crews preparing line out ahead of it. Burnout operations, lighting fires along the line to back toward the main fire, helped widen the containment buffers on the east and northeast sides. Helicopters were used extensively to deliver water to cool small spot fires and “flare ups” on all flanks.
Today’s Operations – The priority for today is to complete line around the last remaining perimeter gap on the northeast side. Elsewhere firefighters will be widening/securing the established lines by cooling hotspots and addressing burning trees along the edge. Similar to yesterday, the fire is expected to be active and produce visible smoke in the area, especially in the afternoon. Helicopters will continue to be used to assist fire fighters.
Evacuations – A Level Two evacuation notice (i.e. be fully prepared to leave the area) remains in effect for people residing east of SR 410 from just south of Cliffdell to Forest Road 1701.
Closures – Reference closure order and map on INCIWEB at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5025/33709/
· Closure continues northeast along the south side of FSR 1701 to the junction with FSR 1714 and 1713.
· Closure then runs east along the south side of FSR 1714 to the junction with FSR 1714-615.
· Closure then runs east following the 17-615 to NF boundary and extends due east beyond the NF boundary for approximately 0.46 miles into DNR ownership.
· Closure then turns due north and continues north for approximately 5.6 miles to the northeast corner of Section 19.
· Closure then turns north and runs for 2 miles to Naches Cle Elum District boundaries and follows that until 4X4 Route 686.
· Closure travels westerly on 4X4 Route 686 on to FSR 1708 and westerly to SR 410.
· Closure follows SR 410 easterly to its point of origin at FSR 1701.
The closure order also affects lands owned and managed by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.