Fire Update 8/15/17
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, 4 Type 6 Engines, 4 Water Tenders, 2 Masticators, 1 Ambulance
Metaline Falls, WA - There has been no growth on this fire for several days and much of the perimeter lines around this fire are in patrol status. Therefore, the command of the Noisy Creek Fire will be transitioning from a Type II fire management organization to a Type III organization, made up primarily of local fire officials.
Firefighters have begun to pull nearly three miles of hose lays from around the perimeter of the fire. Repairs to disturbed sites on the Noisy Creek fire, including firelines and access roads, have commenced. Crews will continue to monitor the control lines and mop up where necessary, ever prepared to take action if the fire nears the line.
Islands of unburned fuel remain inside of the fire perimeter and the predicted warming and drying trend will result in more active burning well within the interior of the fire. Smoke will continue to be seen from the fire area until a season ending weather event, such as heavy rain and/or snow.
The Pacific Northwest Incident Management Team 11 would like to thank the public for their support during the Noisy Creek Fire. Fire danger remains extremely high across the state. Be sure to check with your local fire agencies for restrictions and for forest and state closures.
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 a high pressure system begins to form over the region 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.
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 the previous 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. 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: Temperatures will be slightly warmer and humidity slightly lower throughout the day. Winds will be from the northwest 6-12 mph on ridgetops with light winds on slopes and valleys. Additional warming and drying is expected through the remainder of the week. Air quality is greatly improving. If you are sensitive to smoke, check air quality levels at https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/enviwa.
PLEASE NOTE - 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. 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.