Sawmill Creek Fire Update for September 15, 2017
Incident: Sawmill Creek Fire Wildfire
Firefighters continue their efforts to improve roads, remove fuel in and around the fire, and build indirect line. Today’s objectives are to work their way towards the fires edge and build direct containment lines. Firefighters working near The Dalles, Crystal Mountain Communities and Alta Crystal Resort area have completed control lines and have placed sprinkler systems to assist in structure defense. The fire continues to threaten the watershed for the City of Tacoma, industrial timberland, DNR protected lands, and the United States Forest Service lands.
State Highway 410 remains closed at SR 123, east of Cayuse Pass; the closure includes Bumping River Road and its associated trails.
Weak northerly flow will be over the area today bringing another day of cool and mainly dry conditions to the region. Little change in temperatures and humidity values will trend down about two to four percent from Thursday. There will be enough moisture over the Cascades to help generate a few clouds in the afternoon, but no rain is expected. Another dry day is expected Saturday before a strong area of low pressure moves inland Sunday and Monday bringing widespread rain to the area. Rain looks to begin early afternoon Sunday with a half an inch to an inch of rain possible by Monday evening. Cool and unsettled weather will continue through the week.
Incident Personnel 444, Crews 15, Helicopters 2, Engines 15, Dozers 3, Injuries 0, Ambulance 1,
Watertender 1, Structures Damaged or Destroyed 0
King and Pierce County Emergency Management offer free notification services to alert residents of emergencies such as severe weather, flooding, unexpected road closures, missing persons and evacuations. For more information or to sign up for alert services visit http://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/emergency-management/alert-king-county.aspx for ALERT King County or https://www.piercecountywa.org/921/Pierce-County-ALERT for Pierce County ALERT.
Fires are named by the first fire resource on scene or by the dispatch center. They will usually be named for the area in which they start- a geographic location, lake, street, mountain peak, local landmark etc. Quickly naming a fire provides responding resources with an additional locator and the ability to track and prioritize the fire.
The Norse Peak 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 is managed by the Southern California Incident Management Team 3. The California Central Coast Team is managing the South Zone of the Norse Creek Fire. This zoning provides for more effective management, safety and coordination of the fires using two management teams.
The Department of Natural Resources - South Puget Sound Region covers King, Pierce, Kitsap, Mason, Thurston, and parts of Snohomish, Lewis and Grays Harbor counties. Sitting between the central Cascades and the Olympic Mountains, this region is trisected north and south by Puget Sound, Hood Canal, and Lake Washington and includes the popular Tahoma, Elbe Hills, Capitol, Green Mountain, Tahuya and Tiger Mountain state forests. The region includes 359,524 acres of state forest, agriculture, urban, and conservation lands, and the staff oversee forest practices on approximately 2.5 million acres and leads wildfire prevention and fighting efforts on 1.9 million acres of state and private forestland. Our South Puget Sound Region manages over 37,776 acres of conservation lands including Mount Si and Woodard Bay Natural Resources Conservation Areas. www.dnr.wa.gov
Mount Rainier National Park is the most glaciated peak in the contiguous U.S.A., spawning six major rivers. Subalpine wildflower meadows ring the icy volcano while ancient forest cloaks Mount Rainier’s lower slopes. Wildlife abounds in the park’s ecosystems. Mount Rainier ascending to 14,410 feet above sea level, stands as an icon in the Washington landscape. https://www.nps.gov/mora/mountrainiernps.htm
Located on the western slopes of the Cascade mountain range extending over 140 miles between Seattle, Washington and Vancouver, British Columbia is the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest with beautiful glacier-covered peaks and spectacular mountain meadows it is one of the most visited forests in the country. Old growth forests rich in history and outdoor opportunities are there for discovery. Visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/mbs/home
A large and diverse landscape offering multiple wildernesses, biking and wheelchair accessible trails is the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest providing over 4 million acres along the east slopes of the Cascade Range in Washington. https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/okawen/home
Cooperators on the incident include Washington 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.