South Puget Sound Region-Department of Natural Resources
Enumclaw Washington, September 10, 2017 - The Sawmill Creek Fire is currently 848 acres with 0% percent containment.
As of Sunday morning, the fire remained within the parameters of the Sawmill Ridge area northeast of the town of Greenwater. Overnight fire activity was minimal due to light rain and lower temperatures. Today firefighters continue to improve roads and remove fuel 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.
The Sawmill Creek Fire was reported to the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) dispatch center on Sept. 4, at 7:30 p.m.
Total Personnel 360, Crews 10, Engines 20, Dozers 3, Injuries 0, Structures Destroyed 0
There is a warming and drying trend Sunday with temperatures increasing as much as 10 degrees from yesterday and relative humidity dropping.
A community meeting is scheduled at 6:00 this evening at the Greenwater Fire Department, 59705 SR 410. Representatives from the Incident Management Team and local agencies will be updating the community on the fire and suppression efforts.
Firefighter and public safety continues as the top priority while working to contain the Sawmill Creek Fire.
Parts of the Mt. Baker –Snoqualmie National Forest are temporarily closed to protect the public. Roads and trails are closed from Windy Gap and continuing to the Pacific Crest Trail and King County/Kittitas County boundaries east and north to Stampede Pass: at Stampede Pass, follow Forest Service road 54 south and west to Wolf Creek and then south down Wolf Creek to Bone Lake and Huckleberry Mountain; follow Huckleberry Mountain/Divide Ridge east to Windy Gap. https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/mbs/alerts-notices/?aid=43123
Game Management Units (GMU) in the Green and White rivers region are directly impacted by both land and road closures due to fire. Although hunting seasons are currently open, access to some locations is closed. Please be sure to look at your hunting regulations or contact the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (425-775)-1311 to see about any closures prior to leaving for your hunt. Know your target and what lies beyond.
Residents and visitors driving along State Route 410 should use caution. Heavy equipment and fire apparatus are working in the area.
Cooperators on the incident include Department of Natural Resources South Puget Sound Region, Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest Service, Green River Watershed, Pierce County Sheriff’s Office, Greenwater Fire Department, and Washington State Guard.