Okanogan/Wenatchee National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Wenatchee, WA 98801
Norse Peak Fires Update
Saturday, September 2, 2017 – Morning Update
Fire Fast Facts
Date Started: Aug. 11, 2017
Total acres: 16,950
Structures Destroyed: 0
Injuries to date: 0
Total Personnel: 326
Fire Resources: 9 crews, 26 engines, 2 helicopters, 2 bulldozers, 7 water tenders
Much of the fire area saw a blanket of smoke Friday as an inversion set in on the area for most of the day. This helped limit fire growth by keeping winds low and reducing the lift that typically helps drive the fire’s progression.
Fire management personnel are cautioning for the potential of large growth and active fire behavior as warm dry air persists in the area. Temperatures are forecast in the upper 80s with humidity in the upper teens for the next several days. These factors, combined with unstable air in the upper atmosphere, have firefighters and management on high alert through the holiday weekend.
NORSE PEAK FIRE (16,175 acres): The Norse Peak Fire slowed in growth Friday, but remains high in terms of potential moving into the Labor Day weekend. The fire moved north and has taken hold in the Crow Creek area with more growth to the north and east anticipated. The fire continued to back down the hill toward State Route 410 in the Union Creek area and firefighters are monitoring its progress there.
Crews expanded hazard tree reduction operations along the 410 corridor and will continue to remove dead and dying trees that pose a threat to firefighter safety as well as provided more fuel for the fire. These operations are running from Hell’s Crossing east along the roadway and from Union Creek west.
Firefighters also continued their work preparing structures in the area by knocking back surrounding brush and getting sprinkler systems in place for structure defense operations if needed.
AMERICAN RIDGE FIRE (336 acres): The American Ridge Fire remain relatively quiet as it has for the past several days. Firefighters scoured the area between the American Ridge and 410 for hot spots and found little to no heat.
A small heat signature was detected by an overnight infrared flight Thursday south of 410 near Goat Peak Trail. Crews were able to locate the fire, get a line around it and mop it up. The fire was estimated at 1/10th of an acre.
CLOSURES: State Route 410 will remain closed through Labor Day to ensure firefighter and public safety. There is no access to the cabins or campgrounds west of Bumping River Road to Chinoook Pass. Fire and Washington Department of Transportation officials will reassess the situation Monday and determine if the road can be opened and to what degree.
The 1900 or Little Naches Road is closed at the intersection of 1900 and 1902. Kaner Flat and Little Naches campgrounds remain open and access to the Idle Wild Tract summer cabins is allowed.
Bumping River Road is open to the lake but the trails north of the road are closed to access. Facilities and amenities along the road to the lake such as Goose Prairie, the Bumping Lake Marina, Chinook Outfitters, etc remain open.
The Pacific Crest Trail is closed from Chinook Pass to Government Meadow.
A Forest Closure is in place for the fire area ad complete details can be found at https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/okawen/alerts-notices.
EVACUATIONS: All facilities along Bumping River Road and the 1900 Road up to Kaner Flat Campground are under a Level 1 Evacuation Notice. This means residents are warned there is a potential threat to the area and they should make plans for possible evacuations. People under Level 1 notifications should monitor social media and local media outlets for more information.