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Sawmill Creek Fire

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South Puget Sound Region-Department of Natural Resources

Sawmill Creek Fire Update for Sept. 11, 2017

Sawmill Creek Fire Wildfire
News – 9/11/2017

Enumclaw Washington, September 11, 2017 - The Sawmill Creek Fire is currently 848 acres with 0 percent containment.

As of Monday morning, the fire remained within the Sawmill Ridge area northeast of the town of Greenwater. Overnight fire activity was minimal due to recent light rain, lower temperatures and higher humidity. Today firefighters continue to improve roads, remove fuel around the fire and build indirect containment line. Firefighters continue to work their way into the fire to build direct containment lines. Firefighters working in Division’s “E”,“G” and “I” near the Dalles and Crystal Mountain Communities are conducting assessments and fuel reduction to prepare for structure defense should the need arise. The fire continues to threaten the watershed for the City of Tacoma, industrial timberland, DNR protected lands, and the United States Forest Service lands.

Today, the Norse Peak Fire will be divided into two zones, the north zone and the south zone. The division line will be the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). The PCT will provide a natural division for the Norse Peak Fire. It is also the division between the Okanogan-Wenatchee and the Mt. Baker- Snoqualmie National Forests. The Sawmill Creek Fire and the Norse Peak Fire north and west of the PCT will be managed by the Southern California Incident Management Team 3. The California Central Coast Team will be managing the South Zone of the Norse Creek Fire. This zoning will provide for more effective management, safety and coordination of the fires using two management teams.

A community meeting was held at the Greenwater Fire Department last night to update affected communities on the Sawmill Creek and Norse Peak fires. Representatives from both Incident Management Teams, Pierce County, US Forest Service, DNR and Greenwater Fire Department also answered questions from the public. Current evacuations, incident management teams and fire behavior were among the topics discussed. Our thanks to Fire Chief Paul Sowers and the Greenwater Fire Department for their hospitality and hosting the event.

For information on the Norse Creek Fire

The Sawmill Creek Fire was reported to the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) dispatch center on Sept. 4, at 7:30 p.m.

Personnel 360, Crews 10, Engines 20, Dozers 3, Injuries 0, Structures Destroyed 0

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.

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

The Sawmill Creek Fire was reported to the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) dispatch center on Sept. 4, at 7:30 p.m.

Game Management Units (GMU) in the Green and White rivers region have been directly impacted by both land and road closures due to fire. Hunting seasons are currently open with more to follow in the days and weeks to come. 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. Please know your target and what is beyond.

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.

The Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest is a large and diverse landscape, encompassing over 4 million acres along the east slopes of the Cascade Range in Washington.

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

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