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Old 09-12-2013, 06:49 AM
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U.S. FOREST SERVICE NEWS RELEASE
Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
215 Melody Lane
Wenatchee, WA 98801

For immediate release: September 11, 2013—8 a.m.
Contacts: Naches Ranger Station Front Office, 509-653-1401

Conrad Lake Fire in Patrol, Monitoring Status
NACHES—Firefighters on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest’s Naches Ranger District are monitoring and patrolling the 1,100-acre Conrad Lake Fire, located about eight miles south of Rimrock Lake and about 35 miles southwest of Naches.
Naches Ranger District firefighters have been managing suppression of the fire since September 3, when Washington Interagency Incident Management Team 4 transferred suppression actions to the ranger district.
The firefighters have seen little smoke on the fire since last week when up to an inch of rain fell on parts of it. The fire was active on the northeast perimeter and began backing down into the Bear Creek drainage before the weather system arrived.
Firefighters had contained about 30 percent of the fire at that time and had rehabilitated much of the fire area. Fire managers will have better estimates of the percentage of containment later this week.
They caution a warming trend is forecasted for this week and forest fuels are now drying out. They will be closely monitoring the fire to ensure it does not grow and present further hazards.
Road and trail closures will remain in effect for the Conrad Lake Fire area until threats to public safety are reduced. Fire managers do not anticipate lifting closure orders until substantial amounts of precipitation fall on the fire area.
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Roland Giller
Public Affairs Officer
Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
215 Melody Lane, Wenatchee, WA 98801

Phone: 509-664-9314
Forest website: www.fs.usda.gov/okawen
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