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Cedar Creek

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Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
215 Melody Lane
Wenatchee, WA 98801

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Methow Valley Ranger District
Phone: 509-996-4000
Hours: M-F 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Fire Update 7-13-2021 11 a.m.

Cedar Creek Wildfire
News – 7/13/2021

 

Varden/Cedar Creek/Delancy Fire Update

July 13, 2021

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest

 Fire Information Line: 509-557-0740

Winthrop, WA (July 13, 2021) — Both the Varden and Cedar Creek Fires had active fire behavior and saw an increase in size over the last two days. These wildfires fires were caused by the thunderstorm that came through north central Washington on July 8.   The Varden Fire located approximately 5.5 miles west of Mazama, WA., on the south side of State Route 20 and is estimated at over 1000 acres. Crews continue to prep along highway from Silver Star Creek to the Cedar Creek trailhead by reducing fuels close to the road and removing dead trees that could pose a hazard to firefighters and the emergency response vehicles.   Yesterday dozers and hand crews started constructing line along the base of Sandy Butte toward Lucky Jim Bluff to help prevent the spread of the fire into the valley bottom towards Mazama and surrounding communities. Crews continue to assess options to stop spread to the southeast.   The Cedar Creek Fire, located roughly 3 miles southwest of Mazama, is estimated at 175 acres in size.   The Delancy Fire is located roughly 10 miles west of Mazama, north of State Route 20, and has not grown over the last operational period.   Northwest Type II Interagency Incident Management Team #8 took over management of the fires at 6:00 a.m. on July 13.   The team is in process of establishing a phone line for additional information and setting up information boards. The next fire information update will come out from the team this evening. We appreciate your patience during this transition period.   A Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MazamaFires2021 and InciWeb page: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7655/    have been established for the fires.   State Route 20 North Cascades Highway remains closed to all traffic due to fire activity between milepost 170 and 177 is closed approximately 20 miles west of Winthrop between Silver Star and Early Winters). There is no estimated time for reopening of the road.   STATE ROUTE 20 UPDATES GO TO WSDOT: https://www.wsdot.com/traffic/trafficalerts/default.aspx... EVACUATION INFORMATION: Please see Okanogan County Emergency Management page for current status:  https://www.okanogancounty.org/government/emergency_management/index.php   SMOKE INFORMATION: The Forest Service works closely with other federal and state partners to predict and mitigate smoke impacts on individuals and communities during wildfires, visit https://wasmoke.blogspot.com/ for local air quality information.   WEATHER: A Fire weather watch has been issued for Wednesday, July 14 through Thursday, July 15 for very dry and breezy to windy conditions. West to southwest winds 15-25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph and relative humidity as low as 10% will be possible. New fires could spread rapidly. Heed all fire restrictions. Use caution with fire triggers (grills, cars, campfires, etc.).   FIRE RESTRICTIONS: Campfire restrictions are in effect. Campfires are prohibited throughout the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, including developed campgrounds and congressionally designated Wilderness. — call local ranger district offices for more information. https://tinyurl.com/yby4oysq  

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