Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
215 Melody Lane
Wenatchee, WA 98801
Cold Creek Fire Information
Acres: 564 Personnel: 210
Percent Containment: 75% Start Date: September 14, 2020
Current Situation: Today: Out of area crews are continuing to work on mopping up along containment lines, patrolling for smokes in the interior and mitigating and rehabbing fire suppression actions. Many of these crews will be winding down their assignment here and demobilizing to leave for other incidents or headed home for well-earned rest. The Naches Ranger District together with forest and regional support, will be taking over the command of the Cold Creek Fire mid-day Thursday. There will still be firefighters evident and working throughout the area, including near recreation sites and often in proximity to Highway 12, which should elicit caution from the public.
Road Information: Highway 12 has been re-opened by the Washington Department of Transportation and traffic volume is near normal. Those that travel the highway regularly will notice the difference in appearance as they travel through the fire affected zone. Standing dead trees, burnt trees and other vegetation and even live flame will likely be visible passing through the area. Hazards such as loose rock and rolling debris, some of which may enter the roadway, will occur periodically now and with future rain and snow events in the coming months. For the most current road information go to the WA Department of Transportation website: https://www.wsdot.com/traffic/trafficalerts/southcentral
Weather and Fire Behavior: The wetter weather has moved in as of Wednesday morning and is delivering precipitation in good amounts. Relative humidity is above 75% and more rain is in the forecast through the weekend. Gusty winds are still possible which can breathe a little life into pockets of fuel and igniting them but are more of a concern for toppling partially burned through trees. Warmer and drier weather is predicted after the frontal passage next week.
Evacuations: There are no current evacuation levels in place. If conditions were to change, the public can once again see the Yakima County Office of Emergency Management website at www.co.yakima.wa.us for details.
Closures: Fire restrictions remain in effect limiting some access for recreation activities and can be found at www.fs.usda.gov/goto/fire-restrictions. This is due to safety concerns because of damage from the fire or continued fire suppression and associated traffic. The Pacific Crest Trail is open in the White Pass area at this time. Please see the Pacific Crest Trail Association at www.pcta.org/discover-the-trail/closures for a current trail map.