Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
215 Melody Lane
Wenatchee, WA 98801
Methow Valley Ranger District
Hours: M-F 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Cedar Creek and Delancy Fires
July 29, 2021
Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
Winthrop, WA — The Cedar Creek and Delancy Fires are burning on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest in steep and rocky terrain with heavy dead and down fuel loading. These fires are being managed by Great Basin Incident Management Team 1.
Fire Information Line - Cedar Creek and Delancy Fires: 509-557-0740 (8:00 am to 8:00 pm)
Fire Weather: Temperatures are forecast to be warmer throughout the day and into the evening. Morning smoke may be slower to lift out of the valleys but is expected to rise and drift northeast after 2 pm this afternoon. Temperatures should reach the 90s and humidity is expected to be low. Winds will be mostly slope and valley driven. We can expect poor overnight humidity recovery with stronger thermal belts. Going into the weekend, we may experience more unsettled weather with possible isolated thunderstorms.
Cedar Creek Fire: The fire is currently estimated at 36,922 acres and is 10% contained. Last night the fire was active in the Silver Star Creek area. A significant glow was observed through the night. Today, firefighters will use aircraft to check the fires advance and will work to establish control lines. The fire continues to back down the slope along the Highway 20 corridor. As the fire makes its way to the control feature, firefighters will burn the remaining fuels back up to the fires edge. By allowing the fire to slowly burn downhill at a low intensity, firefighters can avoid unnecessary soil damage. This will pay dividends post-fire when rains and melting snow might create debris flows coming out of the burn area. The large pocket of unburned fuels off Highway 20 near Lucky Jim Bluff continued to burn overnight. Removal of these fuels will clean up the fire perimeter and this section will no longer pose as great a threat to structures in the area. Today, fire crews are working in the Little Wolf Creek area and will evaluate the dozer line that was being constructed to tie into Thompson Ridge. Observations from aircraft indicate that the line may still be viable as a control feature. Firefighters are also surveying existing roads and old dozer lines that were constructed during the 2014 Little Bridge Creek fire to provide additional control options. The objective is to build a control line that will run below Gobblers Knob, along dozer line to Thompson Ridge, and ultimately tying into the Little Bridge burn scar. This control feature would be designed to prevent fire from moving south toward the community of Twisp. Structure protection continues to be a top priority with multiple strike teams of state and local engines (state mob) patrolling homes along the fire perimeter. Crews continue to construct and improve lines to keep the fire above the Methow River Valley and away from values at risk.
Delancy Fire: Fire activity remains minimal. The fire is being monitored from the ground by fire crews and from the air by firefighting aircraft. The estimated size of the Delancy Fire is approximately 223 acres.
Resources for additional information:
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MazamaFires2021
Smoke Blog: https://wasmoke.blogspot.com/
Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgHighway Information: https://www.wsdot.com/traffic/trafficalerts/default.aspx
Methow Conservancy (Wildfire Preparedness): https://methowconservancy.org/discover/fire-prep-recovery%20
Wildfire Ready Neighbors (House Assessments): https://wildfireready.dnr.wa.gov/
Resources: Total personnel - 629: 3 - type 1 hotshot crews, 8 - type 2 hand crews, 1 - type 2 initial attack hand crew, 1 - camp crew, 3 - type 1 (heavy) helicopters, 1 - type 2 helicopter, 2 - type 3 helicopter, 56 - engines, 5 - dozers, 19 - water tenders,1 - masticator, 2 - skidgen, 4 – skidders, 3 – excavators, 4 – feller bunchers, 1 – Aerial Supervision Module, and 167 line supervision & support personnel.
Closures:For the safety of the firefighters and aircraft fighting these fires, a temporary flight restriction (TFR) has been placed over the area. Please consult the “Notice to Airmen” (NOTAM) for specifics. Wildfires are a “No Drone Zone” and any drones sighting in a TFR will immediately impede aerial firefighting resources and delay suppression actions.State Route 20 (North Cascades Highway) remains closed at milepost 185 (7 miles west of Winthrop) to milepost 165 to all traffic due to fire activity. The Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest has implemented a Fire Emergency Area Closure as of July 22nd, 2021. The Closure includes facilities, roads, and trails. The Closure may be viewed in its entirety at the “Cedar Creek and Delancy Fires 2021” Facebook page. The Forest Service Fire Emergency Area Closure is separate from the Washington State Department of Transportation’s (WSDOT) closure of portions of State Route 20 and may change or be lifted at different times depending on operational needs. WSDOT is working closely with the Forest Service and Okanogan County to identify where fire activity and firefighting operations warrant closure.
Evacuation Information: The Okanogan County Emergency Management (OCEM) continues to reevaluate evacuation levels. For the most up to date evacuation levels see the OCEM’s website above. Residents entering Evacuation Level 3 areas need to slow down and watch for firefighters and equipment in roadways.
Air Quality: Stagnant air will continue to hamper smoke dispersion today. Light downslope/downvalley winds will shift to upslope/upvalley winds in the Okanogan Valley with slightly stronger winds in the Methow Valley. Smoke will pool near the fires impacting Mazama, Winthrop, and Twisp with unhealthy to hazardous air quality throughout the day. The Okanogan Valley will have haze with periods of Unhealthy air.
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 -End-