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Rock Creek Fire Update-9/20/2016

Incident: Rock Creek Fire Wildfire
Released: 9/20/2016

Rock Creek Fire Update

9/20/2016 2:00 p.m. PT

Fire Information: (509) 658-1376

Road Closure Replaces Area Closure- The Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest today terminated the area closure (Order # 170816989) issued on September 12, 2016. Replacing it is a new emergency road closure signed today by Forest Supervisor Michael R. Williams.

The Rock Creek fire has not grown for several days and containment is now at 90%. As a result forest officials determined that the larger area closure was no longer necessary; however, public safety concerns remain in the immediate vicinity of the fire. Details of the closure are listed below.

Location – The Rock Creek Fire is on lands protected by the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest and the Washington Department of Natural Resources 12 miles northwest of Naches, Washington in the Rock Creek drainage east of SR 410.

Operations- Mop-up standards have largely been met on the southern side of the fire. On that area, attention is turning to rehabilitating fire lines and repairing damage done by suppression activities. The focus on the northern flank continues to be mop-up. Firefighters are also tasked with monitoring the entire fire edge.

Weather and Fire Behavior – A “fall” weather pattern with mild daytime temperatures is forecast to set up over the area through midweek. There is a possibility of light showers later in the week. Anticipated fire behavior will be minimal with some creeping and smoldering in larger fuels within the interior of the fire.

Closures – Reference closure order link and map on INCIWEB at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5025/33709/

Emergency Road Closure Order # 06170816991 prohibits travel by any means on the following roads within the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest:

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Okanogan/Wenatchee National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Washington
Wenatchee, WA 98801
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