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.
Cub Creek 2 Fire
July 20, 2021
Public meeting notice: Wednesday, July 21, starting at 6 PM. The meeting will take place at the "Red Barn" (Mack Lloyd Park) on the west side of Winthrop.
Fire Information Line – (541)-670-0812 (8:00 am to 8:00 pm)
The fire is burning on Okanogan County Fire District 6 and Washington Department of Natural Resources protected lands and the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.
Winthrop, WA — Cub Creek 2 – The fire remains split into two arms and continued to grow actively to the north and northeast overnight. The east arm approached 20 Mile Creek overnight. The objective is to keep the fire from moving out of the Boulder Creek drainage. The fire has reached the Eastside Chewuck Rd along the 8 Mile Ranch. The west arm is burning northeasterly paralleling the Chewuch River where it has crossed Forest Road 5140 and is moving towards Falls Creek. The left flank of the fire is lined with dozerline from the heel of the fire to Buck Lake. The portion of this line to First Creek Road is considered contained. The south line is being reinforced to prevent spread with water resources.
Today, firefighters will continue to look for opportunities to tie existing dozerline on the west arm into Cub Creek and prepare Cub Creek Road as a holding line. On the east arm, firefighters will work and scout opportunities to tie the south flank up to the old burn scar and tie the line into Boulder Creek. Private inholdings with structures and other infrastructure along the drainage to the north of the fire to the area of Brevicomis Cabins will receive preparations.
Local resource advisors will continue to provide input to protect natural and historical values on all fires.
The Cub Creek 2 Fire is estimated at 32,473 acres with a 5% containment. The fire is burning north and northeast pushed by diurnal winds during the day and south during the late evening and morning. Please only call 911 if flare-ups are near structures.
Evacuation Information: The Okanogan County Emergency Management (OCEM) evacuations for the Chewuch River drainage have been reevaluated and remain in effect. One Level 3 (Go) evacuation area is present for residences along East and West Chewuch Roads starting from approximately 4 miles north of Winthrop to just past the confluence of the Eight Mile Creek and the Chewuch River on the east and north, and along both sides of Cub Creek Road in the west. Two Level 2 (Set) zones are present: one for residences along East and West Chewuch Roads approximately 2 miles north to approximately 4 miles north of Winthrop, and one for residences on the north end of Rendezvous Road and along both sides of Little Cub Creek in the south, the 5215 Road in the north and wets. Please see the OCEM website for the most up-to-date evacuation levels and further information. The Red Cross Evacuation Center is on stand-by if needed at the Methow Valley Elementary School.
Inciweb page: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7675/
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CubCreek2Fire2021
Smoke Blog: https://wasmoke.blogspot.com/
Highway 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–158 4-type 2 initial attack hand crews, 3-type 2 hand crews, 4- heavy helicopters, 2-light lift helicopter, 10-engines, 5-dozer, 7-water tenders, and 15 overhead.
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 ground aerial firefighting resources and delay suppression actions.
Forest Service Campgrounds have been swept and closed along the river drainage. Additionally, the following roads accessing the fire area have been closed:
· Rendezvous, Banker Pass, East and West Chewuch, and at the junction of the Forest Service Roads 39 and 37 due to down powerlines, rolling debris, and falling trees.
· Goat Creek Road at the junction of the 52 and 5225 Road
· 100 spur of West Fawn will be closed at the 5217 Road
· 100 spur of East Fawn will be closed at the 5217 Road
· 5215 Road
· 5008 Road 100 spur road in Bear Creek
· 5009 Road 100 spur road in Ramsey Creek
· 5009 Road 100 spur road in Pearrygin Creek
· 4225 Road
· 4235 Road
Weather: There will be less smoke in the valleys today. Winds will be from the northwest in the morning, turning southwesterly in the afternoon. Northwesterly winds will be 5 mph this morning and the southwest winds will be 5-10 mph with gusts up to17 mph this afternoon. Temperatures will be 84-88 degrees in the valley and 75-80 degrees mid-slope and ridges. Relative humidity will be in the 13-18% range today.
Air Quality: Expect less smoke impacts today in the upper Methow Valley. The west wind component overnight resulted in clearer skies this morning. Mazama, Winthrop and Twisp may still experience periods of unhealthy and hazardous smoke as winds shift. Southwest transport winds overnight resulted in impacts to the Orville area this morning. As the transport winds shift to the northwest overnight expect degraded air quality in the Okanogan valley. Please monitor the air quality on the incident FB page above and the WA Smoke Blog and take appropriate actions. All vehicle traffic is advised to travel with lights on for safety.
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
Northwest Incident Management Type 2 Team 8, led by Incident Commander Kevin Stock, is the team managing the Cub Creek 2 Fire.