Miriam Fire Update
September 11, 2018- 5:30 p.m.
Fire Information Line: 509-653-1468 (revised phone number from 1:30 p.m. post)
Acres: Miriam Fire 5,088 acres
Percent Containment: 70%
Start Date: July 30, 2018
Current Situation: The Miriam fire experienced some fire growth on the northeast side of the fire over the weekend. Driven by winds from the anticipated cold front on Saturday, the fire grew by an estimated 120 acres in the vicinity of Hell Creek and Round Mountain areas.
Today firefighters will continue to build new containment line today around the area of new fire growth. Crews will also continue to monitor and patrol containment lines on other sections of the fire, repair trails damaged by suppression activities, and backhaul unused equipment.
The public can expect to see smoke and fire activity until the fire receives substantial rain or snow on the fire. The area closure was scaled back last week. Forest Road #1204 and #1205 Roads are now open and campgrounds in the vicinity of Clear Lake and White Pass are also open.
Evacuation Levels: Evacuation and closure areas have been reduced. The Yakima County Office of Emergency Management has reduced all Level 3 (Go!) evacuation levels in the Miriam Fire area to Level 1 (Ready). Level 1 (Ready) evacuations remain in effect for homes and organizations along Highway 12, Clear Lake, and the Tieton Road. Yakima County Emergency Management officials will continue to coordinate with fire managers to assess the need for any additional adjustments to the levels as work on the fire continues.
Personnel/Resources: 1 hand crew,3 engines (40 total personnel)
Location: Two miles east of White Pass Ski Area, within the Goat Rocks Wilderness on the Naches Ranger District, 13 miles east of Packwood, WA
Values at Risk: White Pass Ski Resort and area; recreational cabins, camps and resorts on Clear and Rimrock Lakes; State Highway 12; Goat Rocks Wilderness; and northern spotted owl, bull trout, and other wildlife habitat
Estimated Incident Containment or completion: September 30, 2018
Smoke Information: Smoke will likely be visible in the morning and clearing in the afternoon
For further smoke information visit wasmoke.blogspot.com/p/state.html.
Weather and Fire Behavior: Although fire has received a little precipitation the last two days, the amount of rain was not enough rain to penetrate below the tree canopy to reach the ground where it’s needed to help limit fire activity.
Closures: The size of the area closure has been scaled back, but remains in effect on the Okanogan-Wenatchee and Gifford Pinchot National Forests. Maps and a list of affected areas can be found at inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/6066/ or here: https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd589952.pdf
The forest closure to the area encompasses the area south of Highway 12, west of Clear Lake and the 1207 Road, and east of the Pacific Crest Trail. Please be aware of fire traffic still in the area. The North Fork Tieton Road #1207 road, #1200-530 road and #688 Road, in addition to the Bear Creek Mountain trail #1130 remain closed to public access.
Forest Road #1204 and #1205 Roads are now open and campgrounds in the vicinity of Clear Lake and White Pass are also open.
The Pacific Crest Trail remains closed from Elk Pass to White Pass with a detour available; please see the Pacific Crest Trail Association at www.pcta.org/discover-the-trail/closures for a current trail map.
Fire restrictions remain in effect—contact your local ranger district office for more information.
Online Miriam Fire Updates: InciWeb at inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6066
Facebook at www.facebook.com/MiriamFire
Fire Information Line: Please note the Miriam Fire Information phone number has been changed to 509-653-1468 (Please note new contact number)