Aug. 21, 2017 9:00am Norse Peak Fire Update
Incident: Norse Peak Fire Wildfire
The Norse Peak Fire is 1,556 acres and the American Fire is 129 acres. There are 269 personnel (1 Type 1 crew; 6 Type 2 crews, 11 engines, 2 water tenders, and 2 helicopters) currently working on these fires. Three other wilderness fires started by the same lightning event are now 42, 35, and 2 acres; these fires are monitored daily.
Sunday’s Accomplishments: Firefighters were able to fell dead trees and improve the fire line along the 999 Trail and Hwy 410. They held the Norse Peak Fire east of Union Creek and north of the 999 Trail. Hose lays and sprinklers are now in place to help protect structures in the area, including the Union Creek Cabins and the Pleasant Valley Campground. They also completed important strategic firing operations on the southeast corner of the Norse Peak Fire.
Today: The fire edge along the Highway 410 corridor remains the priority. Snag falling, securing fireline through careful ignition operations, and assessing structures are the primary tasks today. Crews are also clearing fuels farther west, along Morse Creek Road. Fire managers are taking a proactive approach in this area, creating a secondary control line, though the objective remains to keep the Norse Peak Fire east of Union Creek and north of the 999 Trail.
On the American Fire, the goal is to hold it south of the American River as it continues to burn downslope to the Hwy 410 corridor. Firefighters continue to evaluate the Goose Prairie community and Camp Fife. Goose Prairie and Bumping Lake areas remain under a Level 1 Evacuation Notification. This is a precautionary notice so people can think about what they will do if an evacuation is needed. The area remains open for business, including Bumping Lake Marina and Chinook Pass Outfitter and Guides.
The safety of firefighters and the public is always the highest priority during wildfires. Agency administrators and incident managers make choices to minimize risk and focus on areas where firefighters can be the most effective. Homeowners, vacation cabin owners and communities can help keep the public and firefighters safe by reducing flammable materials around structures before a fire occurs. No human life is worth a home or structure; it’s not worth risking firefighters’ lives for indefensible homes. For detailed information on how to make your home safer visit: www.dnr.wa.gov/firewise.
Weather Forecast: A high pressure system will result in considerable sunshine and significant warming today, with the exception being during the eclipse between 9 a.m. and 11:40 a.m. when the moon will block 94 percent of sun, peaking at 10:22 a.m. This will alter the typical daily wind cycle, which is expected to ease today and directionally change to the east-southeast.
Closures and Restrictions: (Full details and maps available on the closures page of Inciweb)
· All campfires are now prohibited on National Forest lands within the Naches Ranger District.
· In order to protect public safety, National Forest officials have prohibited anyone except firefighters from entering or being on any trail for a large area of National Forest land around the fires.
· SR410 remains closed from Chinook Pass (mile post 69) to Hell’s Crossing (mile post 84). Travel alerts are posted on the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) website (http://www.wsdot.com/traffic/trafficalerts/). This closure is likely to extend over several days as the highway corridor is being cleared of snags and firing operations are being conducted.
· Level 3 “Go” evacuation notification remains in effect for the Union Creek (6 cabins) and Pleasant Valley (7 cabins) Summer Home Tracts. During a Level 3 evacuation, it is recommended that residents leave the area. The Timber Creek Tract is closed because SR410 is closed; it is not threatened at this time.
· Pleasant Valley and Lodgepole campgrounds are closed.
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CONTACT: Fire Information 509-653-1468