Fire Update 08/12/17 9:00am
Incident: Noisy Creek Fire Wildfire
Fire size: 3,870 acres
Location: East of Sullivan Lake near Metaline Falls, WA
Cause: Lightning on 7/15/17
Resources: 1 Hotshot crew, 3 Type II Initial Attack Crew, 2 Type II Crew, 1 Type III Helicopter, 2 Type II Helicopter, 1 Fixed Wing Aircraft, 2 Dozers, 10 Type 6 Engines, 6 Water Tenders, 3 Masticators, 1 Ambulance
Metaline Falls, WA – Firefighters are preparing for south and southwest winds that may test established fire lines. Fire activity is expected to increase within the fire perimeter, and firefighters are strengthening containment lines while others stand by to prevent any fire from escaping. Burnout operations are complete in the north and northwest sections of the fire, and firefighters will continue to mop-up in this area.
Campers at Sullivan Lake and drivers along the west side of the lake can expect to see fire activity along the slopes above the eastern shore of the lake. Unburned patches of fuel may ignite and torch. This is expected and should not cause concern. Please be cautious driving and only use pull-outs to stop. Also, be aware of fire traffic in the northern area of Sullivan Lake.
Two dozers, three masticators (these are heavy-duty brush clearing equipment), along with the “Zig Zag” hotshot crew, are completing fireline on the eastern perimeter using existing roads where possible. Due to the progress on the fire, crews no longer needed will be released to other fires.
Remember, as cooler temperatures arrive by Monday the public should still remain vigilant and continue to follow fire restrictions on the forest.
The Harvey Creek Road from Sullivan Lake Road east to Onata Creek Road is now open. Watch for fire traffic along the Harvey Creek Road.The North Fork of Harvey Creek Road remains closed.
Evacuation Notice: The area surrounding East Sullivan Lake Campground (including the group use area and boat launch) remains under a Level 2 Evacuation status. Level 2 means “Get Set” – be ready to go at a moment’s notice. For boaters, please have boats loaded and ready to leave the area.
The three U.S. Forest Service permitted recreational cabins and the trails accessing them on the northeast corner of Sullivan Lake near the Hall Creek outlet are under a Forest Service area closure and will be vacated. Individuals within the Level 2 Evacuation areas will be notified by officials of any change in status. West Sullivan Lake Campground and the area immediately north of Sullivan Lake to Mill Pond, extending east from Outlet Creek, will remain at Level 1 (“Get Ready”).
Evacuation information will be updated daily on the bulletin board at the Sullivan Lake Day use access and at the Sullivan Lake Ranger Station. For evacuation notifications in Pend Oreille County, sign up for NIXLE alerts: https://local.nixle.com/pend-oreille-county-sheriffs-office. These evacuation levels are based on recommendations from NW Team 11 and implemented by the Pend Oreille County Sheriff’s Office.
Public and firefighter safety: Boaters are asked to stay 100 ft. from the southeast side of Sullivan Lake due to rockfall and debris in the water. Be aware of large logs floating in the lake. Stay at least 500 ft. from airplane and helicopter activity on the water. There is a Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) in place over the fire. Drone flights are illegal in the fire area and compromise firefighting work.
Weather: A combination of hot and dry conditions, gusty SW winds, and chances of thunderstorms are expected today. By tomorrow, a cold front will pass through, bringing gusty winds but cooler temperatures. Air quality should greatly improve. If you are sensitive to smoke, check air quality levels at https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/enviwa.
Harvey Creek Road from Sullivan Lake Road east to Onata Creek Road (FS Road 1935 024) is now open. The North Fork of Harvey Creek Road remains closed. Forest System Road (NFS) No. 2200500 is closed from its intersection with NFS Road No. 2200 to its end at the Hall Mt. Trailhead. Sullivan Creek Rd. No. 2200 is closed from just past East Sullivan Lake Campground to Pass Creek Pass.
Campground & Trail Closures:
NEW-PLEASE NOTE: Grassy Top Trail No. 503 from Pass Creek Pass to its intersection with Hall Mt.-Grassy Top Trail No. 533 is now open. Noisy Creek Campground is closed. All travel is prohibited on the following NFS Trails: Lakeshore Trail No. 504; Noisy Creek Trail No. 588; Hall Mt. Trail No. 540; Hall Mountain-Grassy Top Trail No. 533.