Fire Update 8/14/2017
Incident: Noisy Creek Fire Wildfire
Fire size: 4,000 acres
Location: East of Sullivan Lake near Metaline Falls, WA
Cause: Lightning on 7/15/17
Resources: 1 Hotshot crew, 2 Type II Initial Attack Crew, 2 Type II Crew, 1 Type III Helicopter, 2 Type II Helicopter, 1 Fixed Wing Aircraft, 3 Dozers, 6 Type 6 Engines, 5 Water Tenders, 3 Masticators, 1 Ambulance
Madeline Falls, WA - Aided by cooler temperatures, higher humidity and nearly 0.10 inch of rain, fire activity was light across the burned area, and nearly absent along the fires edge. Containment lines have been extended around most of the fires perimeter and a hose lay with sprinklers is keeping the forest wet along Noisy Creek.
As fire activity across Noisy Creek is winding down, fire suppression repair and rehabilitation standards are being considered in order to minimize the impact to forest resources. Helicopters will be used to remove hoses, pumps and other appliances used throughout the fire.
Given the moderate complexity of the fire, plans are underway to transfer command of the fire to a local Type III Incident Management Team. This team will continue to provide continuity and leadership to meet the objectives established by the National Forest.
Please be cautious driving around the lake and only use pull-outs to stop. Also, be aware of fire traffic in the northern area of Sullivan Lake.
As cooler temperatures arrive today the public should remain vigilant and continue to follow fire restrictions on the forest.
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: Today and tonight, cooler temperatures will prevail with afternoon humidity down to 30-40%. Winds will be fairly light on most of the fire with ridge-top winds from the west to northwest. An isolated thunderstorm is possible late in the day. A gradual warming and drying trend is anticipated through the remainder of this week with mainly dry conditions and winds generally from the west to northwest. Air quality should greatly improve. If you are sensitive to smoke, check air quality levels at https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/enviwa.
PLEASE NOTE - 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:
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.