Norse Peak Fire Update, Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Incident: Norse Peak Fire Wildfire
Norse Peak Fire Update
Date Started: Aug. 11, 2017; Cause: Lightning; Acreage: 52,502 (Norse Peak), 3,853 (American), 1,061 Saw Mill; Percent Completed: 80% (Norse Peak), 95% (American).
Total Personnel: 654; Fire Resources: 19 Crews, 27 Engines, 5 Helicopters, 1 Bulldozer, 9 Water Tenders.
Fire Summary: Pacific Northwest Incident Management Team 3 with Incident Commander Noel Livingston has assumed command of Norse Peak, American, and Saw Mill Fires.
Additional precipitation fell across the fire area yesterday and more is expected today. The east side is forecasted to receive significantly less rain than the west side.
Norse Peak Fire is expected to continue to slowly back downhill to the west and south. State Route 410 is being cleared of debris and hazardous trees are being removed. Thinning, to remove hazardous trees along Forest Road 1900 is almost complete. As of last night, the rainfall had not penetrated the tree canopy sufficiently to reach the ground and modify fire behavior. As more rain falls, this should change.
On this incident, 80% of the fireline will be indirect, or not directly adjacent to the fire’s edge. The remaining 20% of the fireline will be direct. The indirect lines are 100% complete and 80% of direct line has been completed.
Reconnaissance has shown structure losses at Corral Pass Campground and Ranger Creek Shelter.
The Incident Management Team is working closely with the Washington Department of Transportation to open State Route 410 as soon as it is safe for the firefighters and public. It is not possible to accurately predict when 410 will reopen, however any news regarding the opening of the roadway will be announced on Inciweb and Facebook at Norse Peak Fire Information.
American Fire continues to back downhill south to the Bumping River Road and north toward the American River and State Route 410. The structure group continues to monitor structures along the Bumping River Road.
On this incident, 75% of the fire will be lined. 95% of the indirect lines are complete.
Saw Mill Creek Fire: With the significant recent rains, fire activity has diminished. Crews will remain engaged on the line and continue suppression activities.
CLOSURES: State Route 410 remains closed from State Route 123 east to Bumping River Road. State Route 410 on the west side of the Cascades and Highway 123 remains open. Bumping River Road has been opened to private landowners only and Crystal Mountain Boulevard remain closed. The Pacific Crest Trail is closed from White Pass to Snoqualmie Pass. Boulder Cave Recreation Area is closed.
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). Gold Hill Community and the Crystal Mountain Ski Resort area.
LEVEL 3: Silver Creek, Deep Creek, Goat Creek, Alta Community, and Pick Handle Basin.
LEVEL 2: Goose Prairie along Bumping River Road.
It is important to remember that the emergency caused by the wildfire may not be over when the smoke dissipates and the flames are out,
Okanogan-Wenatchee National Fire closures can be found at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/okawen/alerts-notices.
Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Forest closures can be found at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/mbs/alerts-notices.
Mt. Rainier National Park updates can be found at: https://www.nps.gov/mora/index.htm.
Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife hunting/fishing information and closures, please contact at 360-902-2200.