Norse Peak Fire Update Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Incident: Norse Peak Fire Wildfire
Date Started: Aug. 11, 2017 Cause: Lightning Total acres: 55,448· Containment: 12% Structures Damaged/Destroyed: None Injuries to date: 3 (minor) Total Personnel: 718 Fire Resources: 21 crews, 32 engines, 12 helicopters, 3 bulldozers, 10 water tenders, 1 masticator, 3 skidgeons
·combined acreage of Norse Peak and American Fires
Fire Summary: During the night, fire activity was uneventful along State Highway (SH) 410 with the exception of a few hot spots. Helicopters have been providing water drops, coordinating with resources on the ground to aid with structure protection and are expected to continue similar operations today. Fuel reduction preparations will continue along FS 1900 Road toward the Pacific Crest Trail, as well as improving clearance completed earlier this week.
Weather predictions indicate that unstable, windy conditions will be moving into the area. Crews will encounter gusty winds along the ridgetops and very dry air will move northwest into the canyons. When these winds align with the fire topography it could result in increased fire activity. A low pressure system will begin moving slowly through the area, dragging a cold front through the region. This system will decrease temperatures but the air will remain very dry. Beginning Thursday, air will come out of the north as the low pressure system moves out of the region and cool, dry conditions will continue into Saturday. A new storm system is expected to move into the region Sunday night and Monday that may bring significant precipitation over the fire.
NORSE PEAK FIRE (52,505 acres): The Norse Peak Fire has been divided into two zones, the north zone and the south zone to provide for more effective management, safety and close coordination of fires using two management teams. The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), which provides a natural boundary for the Norse Peak Fire and reflects the division between the Okanogan-Wenatchee and the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forests, marks the division between the two zones.
The Sawmill Creek and Norse Peak Fire North Zone are being managed by Southern California Incident Management Team (IMT) 3 from the basecamp in Enumclaw, WA. The Norse Peak South Zone and American fires are being managed by the California Central Coast Incident Management Team (IMT) from a basecamp at the Chinook Work Center near Naches, WA.
Norse Peak Fire North Zone: Firefighters continue their efforts to improve roads, remove fuels and build indirect containment line. Crews continue to work their way into the fire to build direct containment lines. Firefighters working in along the western edge of the fire in Pierce County near the Dalles, Crystal Mountain Communities and Alta Vista Resort area continue working on structure protection by building control lines which continue to hold. Crews continue to reduce fuels around homes in preparation for structure defense should the need arise. The fire continues to threaten the watershed for the City of Tacoma, industrial timberland, DNR protected lands, and U.S Forest Service lands.
For Norse Peak Fire- North Zone information call: 253-666-8841, or go to https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5594/40711/ for maps and other materials, or check the Sawmill Creek Fire Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SawmillFire2017/
Norse Peak Fire South Zone: During night operations, crews conducted a successful tactical burn along SH 410 near the Hells Canyon Campground. Crews will continue to work on SH 410 east of Bumping River Road, removing brush, and felling standing dead trees that could ignite and compromise continuing containment efforts. Incident Command will be demobilizing pieces of heavy equipment that are no longer required to support containment efforts
For Norse Peak Fire- South Zone information continue to call: 509-658-2475, or go to https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/map/5509/9/71773/ for maps and other materials, or check Norse Peak Fire Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/NorsePeakFire/
AMERICAN FIRE (2,723 acres): The American Fire moved north closer to the American River. The American Fire continues to be active. The crews will continue to improve line and mop-up to prevent fire from escaping containment lines.
CLOSURES: State Highway 410 will remain closed from SR 123 to east of Bumping River Road. SR 410 on the west side of the Cascades and 123 remain open. Bumping River Road is closed. The Bumping River Road and 1900 Road are closed as are Little Naches and Kaner Flat campgrounds and the Little Naches cabins. Crystal Mountain Boulevard is closed.
The Pacific Crest Trail is now closed from White Pass to Snoqualmie Pass.
Forest Closure Order for the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Fire is in place and can be found at https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/okawen/alerts-notices.
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.
For hunting/fishing information and closures, please contact Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife at 360-902-2200.
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 Creek, Deep Creek, Goat Creek, Alta Community, Pick Handle Basin, Gold Hill Community and the Crystal Mountain Ski Resort area. The designated areas and current awareness levels for each area are:
Area 1: From Federation State Park eastbound SH 410 to Forest Service Road 70. This area has no fire danger advisory level.
Area 2: Forest Service Rd 70 eastbound SH 410 to Forest Service road 73. This area is currently at a fire awareness advisory LEVEL 1.
Area 3: Forest Service Rd 73 eastbound SH 410 to FS 7160 (Ranger Creek). This area is at fire danger advisory LEVEL 2.
Area 4: FS 7160 eastbound to Crystal Mountain Blvd to include the Crystal Mountain Resort. This area is still at a fire danger evacuation LEVEL 3.