Okanogan/Wenatchee National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
215 Melody Lane
Wenatchee, WA 98801
Norse Peak Fire Update Monday, September 4, 2017 – Morning Update Date Started: Aug. 11, 2017 Cause: Lightning Total acres: 17,629 Containment: 8% Structures Destroyed: 0 Injuries to date: 0 Total Personnel: 330 Fire Resources: 6 crews, 28 engines, 2 helicopters, 3 bulldozers, 7 water tenders FIRE SUMMARY Firefighters were able to take advantage of another day of reasonably favorable conditions as inversion conditions remained in place and allowed crews to make progress on containment lines on the Norse Peak Fire. As brushing operations continued along the 462 Road to the west, crews monitored the progress of the fire as it approached State Route 410 to the south and utilized tactical firing operations to fill in unburned pockets of fuel. This is done to ensure there is adequate space between the advancing fire and unburned fuels to the south to prevent the fire from crossing 410. Prep work also continued along Forest Road 1900 to the east between 410 and Kaner Flat. Motorists in that area can expect minor delays as crews will continue work in that area today. Smoke remained thick over most of the area which limited air operations but also kept a lid on the fire in terms of spread. While low visibility keeps helicopters grounded, the thick smoke prevents sun light from warming ground fuels and moderates fire growth. As the smoke lifted late afternoon, fire activity picked up in the southwest corner of the Norse Peak Fire as well as the northern edge of the American Fire. Helicopters – now able to see well enough to operate safely – were able to slow fire growth with bucket work into the evening hours. 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 (17,279 acres): Work along 462, 410 and 1900 will continue today. Firefighters are working to steer the fire’s eastern progress toward the Little Naches Road and keep it north of SR 410. Structure protection personnel installed hose lays in the Idle Hour area and plumbed the facilities for sprinklers and will continue working toward the east. Two small spot fires occurred south of 410 but were quickly detected, contained and mopped up. AMERICAN FIRE (350 acres): The northern edge of the American Fire became more active late in the afternoon but air resources were able to check the fire’s spread using bucket drops. CLOSURES: State Route 410 will remain closed through Wednesday 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 Tuesday. 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.