Norse Peak Fire Update Friday, September 14, 2017
Incident: Norse Peak Fire Wildfire
Date Started: Aug. 11, 2017, Cause: Lightning; Acreage: 52,502 (Norse Peak), 3,739 (American), 56,241 (Total); Containment: 12%, Structures Damaged or Destroyed: None; Injuries: 3 (Minor);
Total Personnel: 635; Fire Resources: 16 Crews, 34 Engines, 4 Helicopters, 2 Bulldozers, 10 water tenders.
Fire Summary: Today marks five weeks since the Norse Peak and American Fires started. They have grown in starts and stops and now Norse Peak is over 50,000 acres and the American is close to 4,000 acres.
In those five weeks:
The suppression progress has been steady; brush has been removed and chipped around structures and roadways; downed and dead trees have been removed as part of our fuel reduction effort.
In preparation for the fire’s approach, over 87 miles of water hose has been laid; the fire has over 100 water pumps connected to these hoses; line has been dug. This is all part of the indirect attack on the fire.
The north side of State Route 410 is in mop up stage along the roadway. The fire is still active further inward of the road. The east and northeast side containment lines are mostly finished along SR 410 and FS 1900.
No structures have been lost. Recently the fires have shown moderate activity with little overall growth. Even though that is true, the potential for the fire’s regrowth is still present.
It is a time of transition. This weekend, there will be a change in the Incident Management Team. The days are shortening meaning less energy from the sun to warm up these embers for ignition. The nights are becoming longer with cooler temperatures and more humidity to lessen the probability of ember ignition. Additional personnel and resources have been assigned to this fire.
State Route 410 remains closed with no projection date for reopening. Reopening information will be posted on Inciweb and Norse Peak Fire Facebook as it become available,
Norse Peak Fire North Zone (Pierce County): Firefighters continue their efforts to improve roads, remove fuels, and build containment lines. Woody debris removal continues along the northeast side of SR 410. There will be road flaggers to ensure safety. The Cabin in Government Meadows remains protected including sprinklers around the cabin and historic outhouses.
For information on the west side of the fire in Pierce County please 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/
PIERCE COUNTY EVACUATIONS:
LEVEL 1: Forest Service Rd 70 eastbound SR 410 to Forest Service road 73.
LEVEL 2: Forest Service Rd 73 eastbound SR 410 to FS 7160 (Ranger Creek).
LEVEL 3: Forest Service Rd 70 eastbound SR 410 to Forest Service road 73. Silver Creek, Deep Creek, Goat Creek, Alta Community, Pick Handle Basin, Gold Hill Community and the Crystal Mountain Ski Resort area.
Norse Peak Fire South Zone (Yakima County): Crews continued their fuel reduction efforts along SR 410 and FS 1900 Road, including brushing, chipping, and clearing of tree limbs and woody debris to reduce the risk of potential wildfire growth on the eastern and northeast edge of the fire. Helicopters have been providing water drops, coordinating with resources on the ground to aid with structure protection.
AMERICAN FIRE: The American Fire has been active on the north side near SR 410. Crews will continue to improve line and mop-up to prevent fire from escaping containment lines. Helicopters have been providing water drops and coordinating with resources on the ground to aid with structure protection and are expected to continue these operations. Crews continue to provide structure protection around cabins.
In Yakima County, there remains a Level 3 Evacuation Order for Goose Prairie along Bumping River Road.
Contact information for the Norse Peak Fire-South Zone appears above in the header.
CLOSURES: SR 410 will remain closed from SR 123 to east of Bumping River Road.
SR 410 on the west side of the Cascades and Highway 123 remains open.
Bumping River Road is closed.
Crystal Mountain Boulevard is closed.
The Pacific Crest Trail remains closed from White Pass to Snoqualmie Pass.
Boulder Cave is closed.
Okanogan-Wenatchee National Fire closures can be found at:
Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Forest closures can be found at:
Mt. Rainier National Park updates can be found at:
Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife hunting/fishing information and closures, please contact at 360-902-2200.
National Guard personnel continue to support the incident with fire crews, road closures and security. They also remain available to assist with patient transport, if needed.