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Sawmill Creek Fire

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South Puget Sound Region-Department of Natural Resources
Washington
WA

Sawmill Creek Fire Update Sept. 9, 2017

Sawmill Creek Fire Wildfire
News – 9/9/2017


Enumclaw Washington, September 9, 2017 - The Sawmill Creek Fire is currently 848 acres with 0% percent containment.

The Sawmill Creek Fire was reported to the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) dispatch center on Sept. 4, at 7:30 p.m. As of Saturday morning, the fire burned throughout the Sawmill Ridge area northeast of the town of Greenwater. Overnight fire activity was minimal due to lower temperatures and increased humidity. Today firefighters are constructing roads and burnouts to get a line around the fire. The fire continues to threaten the watershed for the City of Tacoma, industrial timberland, DNR protected lands, and the United States Forest Service lands.

Total Personnel 200, Crews 5, Engines 13, Dozers 2, Injuries 0, Structures Destroyed 0

A weakening cold front will bring showers and cooler weather as it crosses Western Washington on Saturday. Temperatures will be up to 10 degrees below normal.

A public meeting for information about the Sawmill Creek Fire is scheduled on Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. at the Greenwater Fire Department, 59705 SR 410. There will be representatives from the Incident Command Team to update the community.

Enumclaw is open for all scheduled events and tourist activities. Today, the Mens Room Red Festival is happening at the Enumclaw Expo Center. KISW will be hosting the event featuring a beer garden and live music beginning at 1 p.m. For more information visit

http://www.kisw.com/mens-room-redfestival

Today’s Operations

Management of the fire has transitioned from Southeast Washington Team 1(Type 3) to the Southern California Interagency Team 3 (Type 2). SoCal Team 3 thanks the outgoing team. The Incident Command Post is located at the Enumclaw Rodeo Grounds, Enumclaw, WA.

Firefighter and public safety continues as the top priority while working to contain the Sawmill Creek Fire. All opportunities to safely engage the fire by direct and indirect methods continue. Crews are clearing roads and trails on the 70 Road with heavy equipment.

Visitor Information

The National Guard arrived yesterday and continues today to assist with communications, security and fireline activities.

Residents and visitors driving along State Route 410 should use caution. Heavy equipment and fire apparatus are working in the area.

Several trails are currently closed to include; 1031 Kelly Butte, 1032 Sawmill Creek, 1032.2 Sawmill Ridge, 1172 Divide Trail, 1172.1 Bone Lake, 1195 Colquhoun Peak Trail and 2000 The Pacific Crest Trail (from White Pass to Snoqualmie Pass). Numerous roads in the area are also closed. https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/mbs/alerts-notices/?aid=43123

The Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest is one of the most visited forests in the country, located on the western slopes of the Cascade mountain range extending over 140 miles between Seattle, Washington and Vancouver, British Columbia. Here you will find glacier-covered peaks, spectacular mountain meadows and old-growth forests. https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/mbs/home

Cooperators on the incident include Department of Natural Resources South Puget Sound Region, Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest Service, Green River Watershed, Pierce County Sheriff’s Office, Greenwater Fire Department, and Washington State Guard.

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