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Sawmill Creek Fire

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South Puget Sound Region-Department of Natural Resources

Sawmill Creek Fire Update for September 18, 2017

Sawmill Creek Fire Wildfire
News – 9/18/2017

Enumclaw Washington, September 18, 2017 - The Sawmill Creek Fire is currently 1061 acres with 0% containment. No structures have been damaged or destroyed.

In areas receiving precipitation, the Sawmill Creek Fire’s growth will continue to be minimal as it continues creeping, smoldering, and backing. The fire will persist and continue to slowly work towards a roadless area in the watershed. Forecasted significant precipitation is expected to halt fire spread for several operational periods. Fire activity will be kept to smoldering.

Firefighters remain on the line today, making their way towards the fires edge and building direct containment lines. Divisions continue to focus efforts on The Dalles, Crystal Mountain Communities, and Alta Crystal Resort areas; they have completed control lines and have placed sprinkler systems to assist in structure defense. Crews will continue to monitor and patrol the fire perimeter. As the fire backs down slopes in the area firefighters are mopping up near the control lines. 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.

A storm system arrived in the area yesterday. We will see cooler temperatures, higher humidity, and wetting rain. Temperatures in the low 50’s to mid 60’s range. Southwest winds with gusts to 20 miles per hour are expected. This weather will favorably impact fire conditions.

Incident Personnel 304; Crews 8; Helicopters 2; Engines 4; Dozers 3; Watertender 1; Injuries 0; Structures Damaged or Destroyed 0

As the fire continues to slowly burn down to the highway, representatives from Incident Command, Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, Pierce County Department of Emergency Management, and the Fire Chief of Greenwater identified a plan for awareness and evacuation areas.

The Southern California Interagency Management Team 3 will transition the management of the fires to the Northwest Incident Management Team 3, a Type I Incident Management Team tomorrow, September 19, at 6 a.m. The Southern California Interagency Management Team 3 is grateful for the professionalism, cooperation and support they have received during the Sawmill Creek Fire and would like to thank our cooperators; 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.

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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.

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.

Located on the western slopes of the Cascade mountain range extending over 140 miles between Seattle, Washington and Vancouver, British Columbia is theMt. 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

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.

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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