Okanogan/Wenatchee National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Wenatchee, WA 98801
Miriam Fire Update
Fire Information Line: 509-653-1468
September 17, 2018 – 11 a.m.
Percent Containment: 50%
Start Date: 07/30/18
Current situation: After a week of waiting for more consistent precipitation, Mother Nature finally delivered wetting rains on the Miriam Fire yesterday. Firefighters reported heavy rains in the morning with scattered showers throughout the day. After conditions are determined to be safe firefighters will take advantage of the moisture to continue constructing the new control line along the Forest Road Spur #530 and remove snags and debris that may have fallen over the road. They’ll also continue to pull equipment off the fire now that the fire has settled down thanks to the rain and cooler fall temperatures.
The rain and little sprinkle of snow on top of Pigtail Peak in the White Pass Ski Area yesterday kept the Naches Initial Attack Fire Crew from removing equipment such as sprinkler systems left in place in case they were needed more than a week ago. The crew will try again this week now that the weather has improved.
The good work done by firefighters, aided by a week of cooler weather, has left the fire looking good enough to downgrade the management of the effort and resources on the fire from a Type 3 Incident Management Team to the lesser Type 4 organization today. About 43 personnel remain on the fire as the strategy turns more toward monitor, patrol, suppression repair, hazard mitigation and equipment removal. The Entiat Hotshots have finished up their work on the fire yesterday and are demobilizing today to move to the Cougar Creek Fire.
Announcement: As of today, fire restrictions on Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest were changed to a Level 1, allowing some fires in designated campgrounds, special use areas and in wilderness areas. However, fire danger remains very high in Chelan, Kittitas and Yakima counties and high in Okanogan County. For more information go to: https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/okawen/alerts-notices/?cid=fsbdev3_053600#stageII or to see the list of campgrounds where fires will be allowed starting today: https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd592042.pdf. Campfires are never allowed above 5,000 feet elevation on the Wenatchee National Forest.
Evacuation Levels: Evacuation levels in the Miriam Fire area are 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, 4 engines, 1 falling modules (43 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.
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Weather and Fire Behavior: After yesterday’s rain and cooler temperatures, today’s forecast is full of sunshine and slightly warmer weather. Temperature are predicted to be between 49-62 degrees with light and variable winds out of the west. However, the fire activity will be more of the same – creeping and smoldering with some backing.
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 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.
For Online Miriam Fire Updates visit:
Inciweb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6066/
Miriam Fire Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MiriamFire