Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
215 Melody Lane Wenatchee Washington 98801
Wenatchee, WA 98801
September 23-24, 2018 (Sunday-Monday) Crescent and McLeod Fires update:
Crescent: 52,609 acres/ 86% contained
McLeod: 24,411 acres/ 91%
Total fire acreage: 77,020 acres
Crescent Mountain and McLeod Fire crews continue to repair damage caused by firefighting operations, using excavators and hand-crews to mend and obscure dozer and hand-dug line. The intent of suppression repair is to minimize soil erosion and restore damaged ecological functions. All repairs occur under advisement of local Resource Advisors.
Smoke and flame are occasionally spotted within the fire perimeter where heavy fuels retain heat that intensifies by mid- afternoon. This causes the fire, lingering in dry grasses and forbs under the heavy fuels, to creep slowly. It is not unusual for individual trees to occasionally torch. No visible smoke was observed during a reconnaissance flight of Holman Fire Saturday.
Weather: A dry northwest flow develops today, into Monday, as upper level high pressure builds across the far Eastern Pacific. Lingering moisture on Sunday will see a few clouds along with one more day of cool temperatures and elevated humidity. Dry air reaches the region Monday, resulting in a mostly sunny sky at the outset of a warming trend that will continue through midweek.
Campfire Closures: On Monday, September 17, 2018, the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest announced that forest users are once again able to have campfires in approved campfire rings within designated recreation sites and other special sites across the forest outside of the Crescent, McLeod and Holman fire closure areas. See Closures and Fire Restrictions link (right) for forest-wide list.
For current Industrial Fire Precaution Levels, call 1-800-527-3305 or https://fortress.wa.gov/dnr/protection/ifpl/ Zone levels may change daily. Go to this website to view the current level for local zones 678W and 684.
PCT Reroute: The Pacific Crest Trail is closed from Harts Pass north to Woody Pass. As of 8/31/18, there is a detour for hikers to reach the Canadian border from Slate Pass using Trail No. 575 to Trail No.478, then Trail No. 473 to Woody Pass.
A transfer of command will occur Monday afternoon, reassigning management of the fires from Pacific Northwest Team 2 to the Methow Valley Ranger District, Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.