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Schneider Springs

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

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Naches Ranger Station
Phone: 509-653-1401
Hours: MON-FRI 8AM-4:30PM

Schneider Springs Fire Update - September 16, 2021

Schneider Springs Wildfire
News – 9/16/2021

Virtual Public Meeting: Friday Sept. 17, 7:00 p.m. on Facebook @SchneiderSpringsFire  

Yesterday and Overnight: Windy conditions did not result in unexpected fire activity. Firefighters and air resources focused suppression efforts where active fire is adjacent to communities in and around Cliffdell, Goose Prairie, and Bumping Lake. Crews continued firing operations to strengthen the north/south fireline (about one and a half miles northwest of Cliffdell) to keep active fire from moving west. Firefighters began installing dozer line from the most western point of Forest Road 1706 northwest toward American Ridge. Crews monitored and strengthened structure protection operations (hose lays, sprinklers, fuels clearing) in the Goose Prairie, Bumping Lake, Bumping River Road, and north/south portion of Highway 410 corridor areas. As expected, fire continued backing downslope on the western flank toward the Bumping River and on the northern flank at American Ridge toward Highway 410. Suppression repairs (e.g. road grading, naturalizing dozer lines that are no longer needed, installing water bars, hazard tree mitigation) were focused on areas important for winter recreation activities. Repair work continued with heavy equipment and personnel along the road systems north of Rimrock Lake, Bethel Ridge, and Nile Road.

Today: A dry, sunny day is forecast, with light winds coming from the south/southeast. Moderate fire behavior is expected near Edgar Rock, American Ridge, and Goose Prairie, with potential for isolated torching. Structure protection personnel, equipment, and air resources are ready to respond. Continued firing operations on the new fire line northwest of Cliffdell will depend on weather conditions. Creeping fire activity will be monitored on the eastern flank in the Wilderness.

Evacuations:  LEVEL 2: Bumping River Road corridor from north to south; Highway 410 corridor from Salmon Cove to Pinecliff; LEVEL 1: Highway 410 corridor from Pinecliff to the junction of U.S. Route 12, and from U.S. 12 at Hwy 410 west to Tieton Reservoir Rd. See map at Yakima Valley Emergency Management: https://www.facebook.com/YakimaCountyOEM . Sign up for alerts at Yakima County geo-specific emergency alert system: https://www.yakimacounty.us/2222/Alert-Yakima

Closures:  Campfires are prohibited throughout the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest (O-W NF) and on Washington Dept. of Natural Resources (WADNR) lands. An area closure for O-W NF lands remains in effect. More information at:  https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/7775/. WA DNR managed lands outside the fire area are reopening on September 16. For more information: https://tinyurl.com/WADNR-lands-reopen. A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is in place over the fire area. If You Fly We Can’t Fly https://knowbeforeyoufly.org/home.  

Smoke Information: Visit https://wasmoke.blogspot.com/ for local air quality information.

Safety: Hazard Trees are considered hazardous if they have defects that may cause a failure resulting in a threat to people or property (targets). Mitigation: Remove the tree or the target to abate potential threat to life or property.