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Sawmill Creek Fire

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South Puget Sound Region-Department of Natural Resources
Washington
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Sawmill Creek Fire Update for September 12, 2017

Sawmill Creek Fire Wildfire
News – 9/12/2017

Enumclaw Washington, September 12, 2017 - The Sawmill Creek Fire is currently 915 acres with 0% percent containment and has increased by over 64 acres in the last three days.

Overnight, the fire activity decreased at about 1:30 a.m. due to cooler temperatures and higher humidity. The fire grows slightly as it backs down slopes and creeps around in ground fuels; it remains within the Sawmill Ridge area northeast of the town of Greenwater. An upper level low will gradually settle over the region Wednesday through Friday with cooler temperatures below normal with a possible chance of showers at times. Fire is burning in areas of old growth and activity is creeping, smoldering, and backing. This area has a history of east wind events and strong cold front passages in the fall.

Firefighters continue their efforts to improve roads, remove fuel around the fire and build indirect containment line. Crews continue to work their way into the fire to build direct containment lines. Firefighters working in Division’s “G” and “E” near The Dalles and Crystal Mountain Communities continue working on structure protection by conducting assessments and reducing fuels around homes in preparation 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.

In Yakima County, there is a Level 3 Evacuation Order for Goose Prairie along Bumping River Road. In Pierce County, a Level 3 evacuation has been ordered for the Silver Springs Campground, Silver Creek, Deep Creek, Goat Creek, Alta Community, Pick Handle Basin, Gold Hill Community and the Crystal Mountain Ski Resort area. Level 3 evacuation means leave immediately.

Incident Personnel 360, Crews 11, Helicopters 2, Engines 12, Dozers 3, Injuries 0, Ambulance 1, Watertender 1, Structures Damaged or Destroyed 0

The Norse Fire has been divided into two zones, the north zone and the south zone. The division line is 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 to provide for more effective management, safety and coordination of the fires using two management teams.

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

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. 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.


TheMt. 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

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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