Okanogan/Wenatchee National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Wenatchee, WA 98801
Norse Peak Fire Update
Sunday, September 3, 2017 – Morning Update
Date Started: Aug. 11, 2017
Total acres: 17,418
Structures Destroyed: 0
Injuries to date: 0
Total Personnel: 331
Fire Resources: 6 crews, 28 engines, 2 helicopters, 2 bulldozers, 7 water tenders
Dense smoke hung over much of the Nile Valley area Saturday as inversion conditions persisted and trapped smoke from the Norse Peak and American fires lower to the ground. While bad for air quality, visibility and outdoor activities, this weather effect was helpful in moderating fire behavior by blocking warming sunlight and keeping fire growth to a minimum.
There is a Red Flag Warning in place for the area until 9 p.m. Monday.
Today, the inversion will be in competition with an unstable air mass which poses the threat of a dramatic increase in fire activity. All areas of the fire have the potential for substantial growth as hot, dry air remains in place. While no new evacuation orders have been issued, residents and visitors should remain cautious and monitor local media and incident information outlets for further information.
There is a public meeting scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 5, from 6:30 to 7 p.m. at the Nile Valley Community Church (60 Bedrock Lane in Naches). Fire officials and local cooperators will provide an overview of fire activity and field questions from the public.
NORSE PEAK FIRE (17,068 acres): The Norse Peak Fire saw another day of relatively minimal growth as smoke hung in the area for most of the day and kept a cap on the fire’s progression until about 4 p.m. On the western border of the fire area, crews are working to brush out and remove hazard trees along the 462 Road for use as a holding line as well as monitor the fire’s southern progression in the Gold Hill/Union Creek area to make sure it remains north of State Route 410. Personnel also are removing hazard trees and light fuels along the northern side of the 410 corridor in advance of the fire’s arrival.
Firefighters will work to thin fuels along the 1900 Road today as an eastern holding line.
AMERICAN FIRE (350 acres): The American Fire remains relatively quiet but the potential for growth remains.
CLOSURES: State Route 410 will remain closed through Labor Day to ensure firefighter safety. There is no access to the cabins or campgrounds west of Bumping River Road to Chinook Pass. Fire and Washington Department of Transportation officials will reassess the situation Monday.
The 1900 or Little Naches Road is closed at the intersection of 1900 and 1902. Kaner Flat and Little Naches campgrounds and the Little Naches Summer Home tract remain open.
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.
The latest Forest Closure Order is in place for the fire area and 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 incident social media and local media outlets for more information.