Norse Peak Fire Update Friday Sept. 8, 2017
Incident: Norse Peak Fire Wildfire
Today, Van Arroyo’s Central Coast Incident Management Team assumed command of the Norse Peak and American fires from the Florida Red Team as that team heads home to prepare for the impact of Hurricane Irma.
Cooler, moist air has moved into the fire area today with west to northwest winds. The change in wind direction will help slow the spread of the fire on the Pierce County side and allow firefighters to make progress along the western edge of the Norse Peak Fire.
In addition to favorable weather, the arrival of crews from the Washington National Guard is aiding firefighting efforts. They are in place providing security in and around the fire area and are being used on the line to help bolster the hand crews and engine teams already in place. In addition to ground resources, the Guard is providing helicopter support out of Ellensburg.
NORSE PEAK FIRE (45,433 acres): Crews worked to establish handlines in Goat Creek and Silver Creek areas to provide better structure protection for homes. There are hose lays and sprinkler systems in place and active in and around Crystal Mountain and Gold Hill. A strike team of engines patrolled the area overnight with no significant events.
Work on Forest Road 462 is complete and hoses are in place to use the road as a holding line for the fire’s southwest corner. Along State Route 410, crews continued to bring the fire to the road, monitor for spot fires and have begun mopping up in some places.
AMERICAN FIRE (1,449 acres): Structure protection measures are in place along Bumping River Road from the lake to Ira Ford Lane and firefighters will continue working their way north today.
The American Fire has crested the American Ridge but is hung up on the east side.
CLOSURES: State Route 410 will remain closed from State Route 123 to mile post 89 at Bumping River Road. There are no closures along 123. Bumping River Road is closed.
The 1900 Road is closed as are Little Naches and Kaner Flat campgrounds and the Little Naches cabins.
Crystal Mountain Boulevard is closed.
The Pacific Crest Trail closure has expanded. It is now closed from White Pass to Snoqualmie Pass.
The latest Forest Closure Order for the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Fire is in place for the fire area and complete details can be found at https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/okawen/alerts-notices.
The latest Forest Closure Order for Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Forest is in place and can be found at https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/mbs/alerts-notices.
The White River entrance to Mt. Rainier National Park is closed. Updates for the park can be found at https://www.nps.gov/mora/index.htm.
EVACUATIONS: In Yakima County, there is a Level 3 Evacuation Order for Goose Prairie along Bumping River Road.
In Pierce County, a Level 3 evacuation has been ordered for the Silver Springs Campground, Silver Creek, Deep Creek, Goat Creek, Alta Community, Pick Handle Basin, Gold Hill Community and the Crystal Mountain Ski Resort area.