U.S. FOREST SERVICE FIRE UPDATE
Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
215 Melody Lane
Wenatchee, WA 98801
For immediate release:
August 12, 2013—7:45 a.m.
Public Information Officer Michelle King, 509-653-1420
Naches Ranger District Front Office, 509-653-1401
Type III Incident Team Assumes Management of Conrad Complex
Naches WA-- On August 10th a lightning storm started multiple fires on the Naches Ranger District, including the Conrad Complex.
The Conrad Complex is located North of Conrad Meadows, west of the South Fork Tieton River, and approximately 8 miles south of Rimrock Lake. As of Sunday evening, the fire is estimated to be approximately 300 acres.
Forest Service fire crews have been battling the fire since ignition, however, steep terrain and dry fuel conditions have made suppression efforts difficult. Fire behavior was aggressive on Sunday, despite favorable weather conditions.
To relieve local fire management staff, an Interagency Type III Incident Management Team has been assigned to manage the Conrad Complex. Participating agencies include US Forest Service, WA State Department of Natural Resources, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and Yakima County.
Due to the potential for large fire growth, the public is asked to comply with local area closures. Concerned for public safety, fire managers request the public to avoid using Forest System Road (FSR) 1000, south of its junction with FSR 1040 around Minnie Meadows, and FSR 1070 between its junction with FSR 1000 to its junction with FSR 1070-595.
Fire managers understand this is a popular recreation area and ask for Forest-user cooperation at this time. Firefighters are working diligently to minimize acres burned and limit the impact to recreation. In addition, all agencies are in agreement to mitigate firefighter exposure and ensure crews’ safety.
Fire restrictions remain in place on the Naches Ranger District. Only gas fires or stoves are permitted. Campfires or other ignition sources are not permitted. For more information, contact the Naches Ranger District Front Office at 509-653-1401.
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