Fire Update 8/18/17
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
2 Type II Initial Attack Crew,
2 Type II Crew,
1 Type II Helicopter,
3 Type 6 Engines,
2 Water Tenders,
Metaline Falls, WA - Though there has been a reduction in the number of crews as a result of demobilizations and reassignments to other fires, firefighters remain vigilant, keeping the Noisy Creek fire well within its containment lines.
Along the north end of the fire, there has been no major movement on backing fires moving into Sullivan Creek. Pumps and hoses around structures will remain in place until deemed safe to remove.
To the south, along Noisy Creek, the fire burned very “dirty,” meaning that there are areas where standing, half-burned fuel, susceptible to re-burning, remains. Sprinklers continue to be deployed to keep the fuels wet and fire intensity low.
To the east, along the burn scar of the 2015 Grease Creek fire, it will likely be several more days before the fire tests the containment lines made by dozers and masticators. Crews are improving lines here, while others are patrolling and scouting for hot spots. Sullivan Lake has remained a steadfast barrier to any westward fire movement.
Public and firefighter safety: Boaters are asked to stay 100 ft. from the east side of Sullivan Lake due to rockfall and debris in the water. Please be cautious driving around Sullivan Lake and only use pull-outs to stop.
Weather: Winds will increase this afternoon ahead of a dry cold front. Cooler temperatures are expected behind the front this weekend.
The Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR), in place over the fire, has been lifted.
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.
Due to successful containment operations, and the reduction in fire activity, updates from the Noisy Creek fire will occur on an as-needed basis.