Norse Peak Fire Update, Friday, September 22, 2017
Incident: Norse Peak Fire Wildfire
Date Started: Aug. 11, 2017; Cause: Lightning; Acreage: 52,056 (Norse Peak), 3,853 (American), 1,061 (Saw Mill)
Percent Completed: 80% (Norse Peak), 99% (American), 99% (Sawmill Creek).
Total Personnel: 500, which includes 13 Crews, 18 Engines and 2 Water Tenders.
A community Fire Information Briefing is planned for 6:00 p.m. tonight at the Greenwater Fire Station, on Chinook Pass Highway in Greenwater.
Fire Summary: Minimal fire growth is expected. Isolated pockets of slow surface spread where the fire is sheltered by the tree canopy and continued burning in the larger dead or down trees is still possible.
The Incident Command Post at Chinook Work Center is shutting down today and tomorrow. Command of the southeast side of the fire will transfer to the Naches Ranger District’s Type 4 organization Saturday Morning. On the Northwest side of the fire, command will transfer to a Type 3 organization operating out of the Expo Center in Enumclaw.
The incident information phone number has changed to:
Norse Peak Fire Cleanup continues on State Route 410. Thinning and removing hazardous trees along Forest Road 1900 is almost complete. The Pacific Crest trail has reopened south of Chinook pass. Cleanup work continues along Forest Road 70 on the north side of the fire.
American Fire Any fire movement will be minimal. 99% of the indirect lines are complete.
Saw Mill Creek Fire: Indirect line construction is complete. There is a small amount of fireline suppression repair to be completed.
CLOSURES: The Incident Management Team is working closely with local agencies on road and area closures. Forest Roads 1800 and 1900 will reopen as soon as it is safe for the firefighters and the public. Forest Road 70 on the north side is closed while cleanup work continues.
State Route 410 reopened to thru traffic only yesterday. Highway 123 remains open. Bumping River Road is open to private landowners only and Crystal Mountain Boulevard remains closed. The Pacific Crest Trail has re-opened from Chinook pass south toward White Pass but remains closed from White Pass north toward Snoqualmie Pass. Boulder Cave Recreation Area is closed.
EVACUATIONS: No Level 3 Evacuations remain in place for the Norse Peak, American, or Sawmill Creek Fires.
PIERCE COUNTY: LEVEL 1: FS 7160 eastbound on SR 410 to Crystal Mountain Blvd. All other evacuation levels in the Greenwater area, to include Gold Hills and Crystal Mountain Resort, have been lifted.
YAKIMA COUNTY: LEVEL 2: Goose Prairie along Bumping River Road.
After the smoke has dissipated and flames are not visible in many locations, there are still hazards. Right now, firefighters are removing hazard trees along roads, but within the fire interior, there will be trees with root systems that are now compromised, rocks loosened because vegetation surrounding them was burned, and hollow spots just beneath the ground’s surface where roots have been burned. These hazards will persist for months after the threat from flames and smoke have passed
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/learn/news/fire.htm
Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife hunting/fishing information and closures, please contact at 360-902-2200.