Okanogan/Wenatchee National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Wenatchee, WA 98801
Norse Peak Fire Update Sunday, September 24, 2017 – Morning Update
Date Started: Aug. 11, 2017; Cause: Lightning; Acreage: 52,056 (Norse Peak) and 3,853 (American)
Percent Completed: 80% (Norse Peak) and 99% (American).
Total Personnel: 217 which includes 3 Crews and 26 Engines.
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. Command of the southeast side of the fire has been transferred to the Naches Ranger District’s Type 4 organization. On the northwest side of the fire, command has transferred to a Type 3 organization with the Incident Command Post at the Expo Center in Enumclaw.
The Norse Peak incident information phone number has changed to:
Norse Peak Fire: Cleanup and fire suppression restoration work continues along Forest Road 70 on the northwest side of the fire, along with monitoring the active portion of the fire adjacent to State Route 410. American Fire: Any fire movement will be minimal. 99% of the indirect lines are complete. CLOSURES: Incident management personnel on both sides of the fire are 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 public. Forest Road 70 on the northwest side is closed while cleanup work continues. State Route 410 is open to through traffic only. Highway 123 remains open. Bumping River Road is open to private landowners only and Crystal Mountain Boulevard remains closed. The Pacific Crest Trail is open from Chinook pass to White Pass but remains closed from White Pass to Snoqualmie Pass. Boulder Cave Recreation Area is closed. EVACUATIONS: No Level 3 Evacuations remain in place for the Norse Peak or American 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. Local Forest Service officials are identifying critical BAER (Burned Area Emergency Response) needs and assessing for immediate threats to human life and safety, property, and other resources. Firefighters continue to remove hazard trees along roads. Within the fire interior are trees with compromised root systems, 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.