Sept 26 Fire Update and trail closure reduction
Incident: Jack Creek Fire Wildfire
Start Date: August 11, 2017
Location: 10 miles WSW of Leavenworth, WA
Fall like weather reduces fire activity and allows for reduction in fire area closures
Due to decreased risk to public the Jack Creek Fire closure area will be reduced to allow access to recreational areas. Beginning Wednesday September 27th, the Colchuck Lake, Meadow Creek, Snowwall, Blackjack Ridge, Jack Ridge and Trout Lake trails will open. Eightmile and Stuart Lake permit zones will remain closed along with the Van Epps and Jack Creek trail between Stuart Pass and the Meadow Creek Junction.
See Closure Order and Map
Smoke and active fire may be visible within the fire perimeter until the area receives a season ending event such as wetting rain or significant snow fall. Fire managers will continue to monitor fire activity and assess the area for safety and adjust closures as necessary. A recon flight is scheduled this afternoon to observe fire activity, update the fire perimeter and determine overall fire effects.
Before heading out, hunters and hikers should check on forest closures, campfire bans, and current wildfire status at www.fs.usda.gov/okawen or from local ranger stations. An interactive map showing closure areas for the Forest can be found at http://arcg.is/2vpoLOz. On the Wenatchee River Ranger District campfires are only allowed in designated campgrounds, campfires are not allowed in dispersed campsites or wilderness areas.
Over the coming days and weeks, the Forest will be completing Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) assessments on all area fires. Together with local emergency management, Forest hydrologists, soil scientists, and other experts will be assessing the potential for future flooding or debris flow on public lands effected by fires. BAER is focused on protecting life, property, water quality and environmental deterioration from immediate possibilities of damage from exposed soil, runoff or possible flooding.
Due to significant decrease in fire activity, information updates will be provided only as needed