U.S. FOREST SERVICE FIRE UPDATE
Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
215 Melody Lane
Wenatchee, WA 98801
For immediate release:
August 22, 2013—7:00 a.m.
Cle Elum Ranger District Front Office, 509-852-1100
Naches Ranger District Front Office, 509-653-1401
Naches Ranger District Public Information Assistant Michelle King, 509-653-1420
Manastash Ridge Fire Update
Ellensburg WA— The Manastash Ridge Fire started August 19th from a lightning strike that occurred on the weekend of August 9th. The fire is located on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest along Manastash Ridge, south of Shoestring Lake.
The fire is approximately 400 acres and is located on the north side of the ridge on the Cle Elum Ranger District. In the afternoon, the fire can be visible from Cle Elum, Ellensburg, and Naches. Both the Cle Elum and the Naches Ranger Districts plan to issue area closures near the fire for public and firefighter safety. At this time the public is advised to stay out of the Manastash recreational area.
Yesterday crews established a safe anchor point and are proceeding on the flanks of the fire building direct. There are approximately 50 personnel assigned to the fire including two handcrews, rapellers, smoke jumpers, and various air resources. Many crews are camping overnight in the area to have better access to the remote fire.
Fire managers are continuously monitoring the weather and fire behavior as warm and dry conditions are expected today through Thursday. Last night the fire was reported active until 1am. Forest managers remind recreationists and other forest visitors that fire danger remains high and there are still campfire restrictions in place on both the Naches and Cle Elum Ranger District. For more information and photos of the fire, visit http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3697/