Manastash Ridge and Conrad Lake Fires News UPDATE September 1, 2013 0900 Hours
Fire creeping north of Tripod Meadow. Credit: Dean Warner, Fire Behavior Analyst WIIMT#4
Larry Nickey, Incident Commander Brian Gales, Deputy Incident Commander WIIMT #4 http://126.96.36.199/nwcc/t2_wa4/index.htm
Manastash Ridge Fire Information: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3697
Conrad Lake Fire Information: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3629
Fire Information Center New Phone Number (509) 964-2138 Hours:7 AM-9 PM
Containment lines are in place but fuels too wet, winds not cooperating
Firefighters will not burn out fuel inside fire lines at Manastash Ridge Fire
Cle Elum, Wash. – Nearly 300 firefighters have completed primary and secondary containment lines. Direct and indirect perimeter fire line will be reinforced as needed to reduce threat of fire growth.
Burnout operations have been suspended for now as the right weather and fuel conditions are not present. As Incident Command Larry Nickey said at morning briefing “Change of weather. Change of fire behavior. We have a change of tactics.” Although humidity levels at the ridges will drop slightly today, in the drainages humidity will remain high, likely above 60%.
The contingency lines will be available if future burnout operations are possible and will remain as possible fuel breaks for the future. With the change of tactics, helicopters will be used as needed to cool down fire hot spots within the fire perimeter.
The 2,352 acre fire is currently 15% contained. Acreage of the fire has been the same for the last six days. Containment percentage remains low because of unburned fuels within the fire perimeter that could begin to burn more actively with warmer and drier weather. Due to the hazards presented by unburned vegetation and snags, firefighters have been unable to completely secure direct control lines. There remains a potential for unburned fuel to ignite and, with gusty winds, produce spotting beyond the fire’s perimeter.
As fire line construction is completed, fire management will transition to a Type III team on the Cle Elum Ranger District. The number of firefighters will be decreasing over the next few days.
The Washington Interagency Incident Management Team #4 is also managing the 1,096-acre Conrad Lake Fire. The Conrad Lake Fire, located 35 miles southwest of Naches, is currently 30% contained. On Monday September 2, the Conrad Lake Fire will transition to a Type 4 organization and will be managed by the Naches Ranger District.
To protect firefighter and public safety, the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest has closed the vicinity of these fires to public access. Details of the closure boundaries, lists of closed roads and trails, and relevant maps are available on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forests website. Only firefighters, Forest Service or other agency
personnel, and law enforcement are allowed access to closure areas. Although reevaluated daily, these closure levels are unlikely to change for several days.
Fire danger remains high. Please check the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest website for current campfire restrictions. To stay informed of changing air quality conditions, view http://wasmoke.blogspot.com/
Manastash Ridge Fire Facts – Sunday, September 1, 2013 – 0900 HOURS Fire Size: approximately 2,352 acres Percent Contained: 15% Evacuations: No homes or structures threatened. Manastash Ridge Closures Summary: A detailed list of closures is available on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest website. On the Naches Ranger District this includes Forest Service Road 1701 before the Funny Rocks Area and the 1900 road system leading north from Little Naches to Quartz Mountain. On the Cle Elum Ranger District, the area closure prohibits being within the boundaries of the posted closure including Forest Service Road 3100 (Manastash Canyon Road) west of the Forest Boundary. Fuels: Heavy ground and ladder fuels, high elevation subalpine fir and whitebark pine forest. Air Resources: Aircraft available to the Manastash Ridge and the Conrad Lake Fires are being shared. Two air attack platforms, one Type I helicopter, two Type II helicopters and one Type III helicopter. Crews: 2 Type I crews and 8 Type II hand crews. Engines: 1 Water Tenders: 4 Road graders: 1 Total Personnel: 471
Conrad Lake Fire Facts – Sunday, September 1 – 0900 HOURS Fire Size: approximately 1,096 acres Percent Contained: 30% Evacuations: No homes or structures threatened. Conrad Lake Closures Summary: Road closures near the Conrad Lake Fire include National Forest Roads 1000, 1204, 1205, 1200-725, and the 1070 between its junctions between the 1000 Road and 1070-595 Road. Trail closures include Bear Creek Mountain Trail #1130 and Conrad Meadows. Area closures include Rimrock Peninsula Recreation Area and the boat launch. There is no access from the 1200 Road onto the 1200-711, 1200-712, 1200- 713, 1200-714, 1200-715, 1200-716, 1200-725, and 1200-653 roads. Fuels: Timber litter and understory, meadows. Air Resources: Aircraft available to the Manastash Ridge and the Conrad Lake Fires are being shared. Two air attack platforms, one Type I helicopter, two Type II helicopters and one Type III helicopter. Crews: 1 Type II hand crew Engines: 2