Fire Update 8/17/17
Incident: Noisy Creek Fire Wildfire
Metaline Falls, WA - Fire crews continue to patrol containment lines and assess fire activity within the footprint of the Noisy Creek fire. There remains significant areas of unburned fuels within the perimeter of the fire and other crews will be scouting those areas of high burn potential, particularly those areas with southern and southwestern exposures. Hot spots within the fire currently pose little threat of spread outside of containment lines. Crews are assessing trees along Sullivan Creek Road that have been made hazardous from wildfire, taking action where appropriate.
The Nation and the Pacific Northwest are now under Preparedness Level 5 (PL5), the highest fire preparedness rating. PL5 allows more federal and state employees to be available for mobilization if needed. As the fire activity on the Noisy Creek fire winds down, firefighters and equipment are being demobilized and reassigned to other fires throughout Pacific Northwest.
Please be cautious driving around Sullivan Lake and only use pull-outs to stop.
As a high pressure system begins to form over the region, accompanied by higher temperatures and lower humidity, the public should remain vigilant and continue to follow fire restrictions on the forest.
Public and firefighter safety: There is a Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) in place over the fire. Drone flights are illegal in the fire area and compromise firefighting work.
PLEASE NOTE - 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.
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