Containment on the Nethker Fire now stands at 56 percent thanks to hard work by hundreds of firefighters on the ground and in the air.
This hard work has allowed fire managers to re-open Warren Wagon Road to the public. Drivers should watch for firefighters and their vehicles moving up and down the road. Please slow down and give them space to work.
The French Creek/Burgdorf Road remains closed for public and firefighter safety.
Cool, wet weather over the weekend has given way to warmer, drier conditions. Temperatures are expected to near 80 degrees today with lower humidity and winds up to 15 mph. Fire behavior will become more active as the weather pattern starts to dry out fuels.
Fire crews worked along the roads yesterday to remove hazardous trees and secure the fire’s edge. They will continue this work today to ensure the safety of residents and visitors in the area as traffic increases.
Properties in the community of Secesh are being evaluated to update pre-existing structure defense plans to help lower the susceptibility to wildfire.
Hotshot crews continue to build line along the northwest side of the fire where it has burned into an old fire scar. The Nethker Fire’s movement into the scar could moderate the fire’s behavior due to a change in fuel types.
Closures: There is an area closure in effect for Forest Service land. Popular areas affected by this closure include: Trail Lake, Summit Lake, Lake Rock, Josephine Lake, Frosty Meadow, Ruby Meadows to Loon Lake (Loon Lake remains open), Crystal Mountain, and Bear Pete Mountain. Chinook Campground is open with access only from Warren. The closure order and map can be found here: http://bit.ly/NethkerFireAreaClosure2.
A TFR (Temporary Flight Restriction) has been implemented over the fire area – which means recreational drones and private aircraft may not be operated over the fire. The TFR can be found here: https://tfr.faa.gov/save_pages/detail_9_4931.html.