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Old 08-27-2013, 07:18 PM
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U.S. FOREST SERVICE NEWS RELEASE
Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
215 Melody Lane
Wenatchee, WA 98801
For immediate release:
August 27, 2013—4:30 p.m.
Contacts:
Naches Ranger District Front Office, 509-653-1401
Naches Ranger District Public Information Assistant Michelle King, 509-653-1420

Naches Ranger District Plans for Upcoming Holiday Weekend
Naches— District officials are taking time to remind Labor Day visitors of current openings and closures on the Naches Ranger District. With multiple fires still active on the district and other project work occurring, it is important for holiday visitors to know where they can and cannot go at this time.
Utilizing ERFO (Emergency Relief of Federally Owned Roads) funds, the Naches Ranger District has completed the road repair on Deep Creek road, known as FSR 1808. The road will be logged out and officially opened on Friday, August 30th. This road accesses Copper City the Deep Creek trailheads. Recreation managers remind visitors that although the road is open, the trailheads still have limited parking capacity. Vehicles longer than 26’ have limited turnaround options. The road may also be brushy and rough in certain areas.
The Conrad Lake and Manastash Ridge Fires are still active with associated area, road, and trail closures. The complete Forest Orders can be found on the Okanogan-Wenatchee Forest website at www.fs.usda.gov/okawen or at the Naches Ranger District front office. Visitors traveling through the area may see only minimal smoke, but the closures are still crucial for firefighter and public safety. Closed areas include Conrad Meadows, Rimrock Peninsula recreational area and boat launch, Manastash Ridge, Lily Pond, and Funny Rocks.
For more information on the Conrad Lake and Manastash Ridge Fires, call the fire information center at 509-964-2138. You can also receive information online at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3629 for Conrad Lake and http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3697 for Manastash Ridge.
Fire danger on the Naches Ranger District is high and campfire restrictions are still in effect. The forest has received some precipitation within the past couple weeks, however, the vegetation is still dry and warmer weather is predicted. Firefighters appreciate public compliance with closures and fire restrictions. Forest user compliance allows firefighters to continue to focus their efforts on wildfire suppression.
The Naches Ranger District office will be closed on Monday, August 30th for Labor Day but forest information is available 24 hours a day in the front foyer. Regular office hours are Monday through Friday, 8am-12pm and 12:30pm-4pm. No permits are sold after 4pm.

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Old 08-29-2013, 08:18 AM
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Manastash Ridge and Conrad Lake Fires News UPDATE August 29, 2013 0900 Hours
Thoroughly-burned area, foreground with adjacent unburned forest and fuels illustrates the spotty nature of the Manastash Fire. Credit: Dean Warner, fire behavior analyst, WIIMT#4
Larry Nickey, Incident Commander Brian Gales, Deputy Incident Commander WIIMT #4 http://199.134.225.50/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
Mosaic of unburned and burned fuels is challenging firefighting effort at Manastash Ridge Fire
Firefighters now building direct line along east and west perimeters, but the northern flank where fire is still spotting remains too risky for that tactic
Cle Elum, Wash. – Firefighters, including seven hotshot crews, at the 2,352-acre Manastash Ridge Fire yesterday have constructed fire lines directly on the northwest and east edges of the fire, but the uneven and spotty burn along the northern perimeter poses enough risk of re-burning and spotting that direct tactics cannot be used at this time. The Fire, which has been burning since August 9th, has spread from the dense subalpine fir forest with heavy ground and ladder fuels at the top of the Ridge downward into lodgepole pine. Fire behavior is being influenced more by humidity than topography or winds. The fire is now 10 percent contained.
Crews will continue to construct and prepare fire lines today and reduce fuels and install hose lays where they can along the northern perimeter. The southern perimeter – along the Manastash Ridge –has been mopped up and will be patrolled by air. Fire continues to creep and smolder in downed logs along the north and east perimeters of the fire area.
The option to burn out some of the larger areas of unburned forest close to the edge of the fire has been stalled-out by rain and high humidity for several days. The ground fuels and lichens are too wet to carry an effective burnout at this time. So, fire behavior analysts recommend waiting for the fuels to dry out before attempting to burn them and are developing a burn plan. Operations officials are also concerned that extensive mop-up after incomplete burnout would present an unacceptable risk to firefighters. Because the fire behavior is easily influenced by changes in relative humidity, changes can happen quickly and unexpectedly.
The precipitation falling for several days on the fire has come from a weather front approaching from the south and rising over the Manastash Ridge. As the warm air rises over the 2,000 foot-tall cliffs, it releases rain on the fire. Rain is predicted for the fire today, but a stubborn, high pressure ridge that has persisted over the interior West for the past several weeks will shift soon, increase temperatures, and dry out forest fuels in the fire area this weekend. As the fuels dry out, the fire will again become active. Firefighting efforts have focused on creating several very strong contingency fire lines 1-1.5 miles around the fire perimeter, and fire officials are confident that these lines will be adequate to prevent fire spread past them.

The Manastash Ridge Fire has exhibited torching and spotting – characteristics that are associated with high-elevation forests laden with lichens and underlain by very heavy fuels. Where the fire has thoroughly burned ground fuels, the canopies atop them have also burned completely. But, within a few yards of these examples remain trees the fire skipped over, leaving small to large islands of unburned fuels that, with drying conditions, can burst into flames. Building fire lines in this burned and unburned mosaic along the northern perimeter is too dangerous for firefighters.
According to Larry Nickey, incident commander for Washington Interagency Incident Management Team #4, plans for burning out are not going to be rushed. “We will continue to strengthen our contingency lines, build direct line where it is safe to do so, and plan for burn-out actions when we are confident the direct fire lines will prevent fire spread and fuels will be consumed,” he said. “Our suppression actions are all based upon good, solid measurements and fire behavior observations. If burning out unburned fuels to reinforce containment lines is the correct action, we will do it when weather and fuel conditions are in alignment for the action.”
The total cost of suppression actions for the Manastash Ridge fire is $2,799,960. Approximately 60 percent of this cost is for firefighting crews and personnel, and the remaining costs include those for air support, equipment costs, and administration.
Nickey and his team are also managing fire suppression actions at the 1,066-acre Conrad Lake Fire, which is now in the final phases of mop-up. The Fire is located 35 miles southwest of Naches and is currently 30 percent contained. The low containment level is due to the fire having so much open line in the wilderness.
As the Conrad Lake workload has lessened, firefighting crews have been demobilized or reassigned to the Manastash Ridge Fire. Several engines, water tenders, and incident aircraft remain stationed at the Rimrock Peninsula Recreation Area.
Both the Manastash Ridge and Conrad Lake fires are surrounded by area closures. Trails and roads that lead into the fires are closed. Access into the closed areas is limited to firefighting personnel, Forest Service administration and law enforcement. Information about the closures and the closure orders can be found on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forests website or by calling Manastash Fire Information at (509) 964-2138 or Naches Ranger District at (509) 653-1401.
Fire danger remains very 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 – Thursday, August 29, 2013 – 0900 HOURS Fire Size: approximately 2,352 acres Percent Contained: 10% Threatened: Three campground outbuildings. 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: 7 Type I crews and 14 Type II hand crews. Engines: 4 Dozers: 3 Water Tenders: 5 Road graders: 1 Total Personnel: 637 Total Cost: $2,799,960

Conrad Lake Fire Facts – Thursday, August 29, 2013 – 0900 HOURS Fire Size: approximately 1,066 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: Two Type II Engines: 4 Water Tenders: 2 Total Personnel: 64 Total Cost: $5,160,800
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Old 08-31-2013, 06:07 PM
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Manastash Ridge and Conrad Lake Fires News UPDATE August 31, 2013 0900 Hours
Unburned pockets of vegetation within fire perimeter. Credit: Dean Warner, Fire Behavior Analyst WIIMT#4
Larry Nickey, Incident Commander Brian Gales, Deputy Incident Commander WIIMT #4 http://199.134.225.50/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
Warmer weather is here for the weekend Firefighters continue fortifying direct and indirect containment lines around the Manastash Ridge Fire.
Cle Elum, Wash. – All indirect fire line should be completed by end of shift on Sunday, as well as the direct fire lines on the East and West flanks of the Manastash Ridge Fire. Firefighters have constructed direct lines on these flanks by reducing fuel loading along the fire’s perimeter. Heavy equipment, such as excavators, is also being used.
Access roads that lead into the fire area are being improved by heavy equipment such as water tenders and graders. Today they will focus on Forest Roads 3300, 3120 and 3111 that also access the Taneum Creek area. For public and firefighter safety it is extremely important that everyone drives slowly and with caution.
The 2,352-acre fire is currently 15% contained. Containment percentage remains low because of unburned fuels within the fire perimeter. Due to the hazards presented by unburned vegetation and snags, firefighters have been unable to completely secure direct control lines. Acreage of the fire has been the same for the last three days; however unburned vegetation that remains within the perimeter could begin to burn more actively with warmer and drier weather. There remains a potential for unburned fuel to ignite and, with gusty winds, produce spotting beyond the fire’s perimeter.
Once hand crews complete the lines, vegetation between the fire’s edge and the line will be burned out if weather is favorable. Fuel moisture needs to be just right in order to carry the fire for burnout operations without burning too hot and escaping the lines. A North wind and ideal relative humidity will be needed for a burnout. Incident Commander Larry Nickey made it clear that burnout operations will not begin without the right conditions. Success of the burnout will also depend on retaining critical resources.
Deputy Incident Commander Brain Gale’s briefing message this morning focused on the good work being done and firefighter safety. “I continue to be impressed with the crews working on this fire, the leadership they show and the job that they are doing,” he said. In terms of safety he mentioned, “Our situational awareness must be heightened with the warmer and drier weather.”
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 again 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 – Saturday, August 31, 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: 5 Type I crews and 11 Type II hand crews. Engines: 2 Dozers: 3 Water Tenders: 5 Road graders: 1 Total Personnel: 532
Conrad Lake Fire Facts – Saturday, August 31, 2013 – 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
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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://199.134.225.50/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
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Manastash Ridge and Conrad Lake Fires News UPDATE September 2, 2013 0900 Hours
Heavy Equipment being demobilized from the Manastash Ridge Fire Incident Command Post, September 2, 2013. Credit: Angela McPhee, USDA Forest Service
Larry Nickey, Incident Commander Brian Gales, Deputy Incident Commander WIIMT #4 http://199.134.225.50/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
Work on containment lines is 99 percent complete at Manastash Ridge Fire; excess resources being demobilized as crews continue mopping up, monitoring the fire for weeks to come Cle Elum, Wash. – Dozers, excavators, helicopters, overhead, firefighting crews, and excess equipment are being demobilized from the Manastash Ridge Fire, but the work to mop up and monitor the fire may take several weeks until either cold, wet weather snuffs out the fire, or it simply burns itself out. The fire continues to smolder in the interior of the 2,352-acre fire and torching at times …but, it is not threatening to escape the contingency or direct fire lines constructed over the past 10 days.
Temperatures rose to the high seventies and relative humidity dropped to its lowest level of 30 percent in the fire area yesterday. There was some torching in the interior, but it was not significant enough to warrant air support.
With 99 percent of contingency and direct fire line construction completed, fire management will transition to a Type 3 management team on the Cle Elum Ranger District. The number of firefighters and equipment will be decreasing over the next few days.
Plans were developed last week for burnout operations if the fuels in unburned pockets along fire lines and in the interior of the fire dried out and winds cooperated. But, relative humidity has remained too high in the steep, lower-elevation drainages for an effective burnout. Tactics have been revised to continue mopping up smoldering fuels and use helicopters to drop water should the fire become active.
Only 15 percent of the fire has been contained, but the fire has not grown over the past six days. It continues to burn, spotting and creeping very slowly in the interior of the fire. Some portions of the fire perimeter do not have direct fire line because unburned vegetation and snags are hazardous to firefighters. In these areas, contingency lines away from the fire will be used to stop any potential runs through unburned fuels, should the weather over the fire become dry and windy.
Thunderstorms are forecasted for late today through Saturday this week, bringing with them cooler weather and showers. Additional precipitation, shorter days and cooling weather during the next week will not put the fire out and smoke will probably be visible rising from the fire until season-ending rain, and possibly snow, finish the job. Fire managers will continue to watch the fire, but conditions remain too dangerous to put firefighters into a spotty burn with so many falling snags.
Several incidents of firefighters being stung by yellow jackets and hornets have been reported in the fire area. The insects are active in late August, and become agitated during road brushing and clearing along contingency lines. Other minor injuries, including a minor back injury, dehydration, and an eye irritation have also been reported. No serious injuries have been reported.
The Type 3 Management Team will continue to manage the incident with five firefighting crews, three helicopters, and necessary overhead personnel. The team will stay in the existing incident command post visible from Interstate 90 near Thorp, Wash.
The Washington Interagency Incident Management Team #4 has also managed the 1,096-acre Conrad Lake Fire, located 35 miles southwest of Naches, and has transferred command of that fire to a Type 4 organization and the Naches Ranger District. Beginning September 3, information about the Conrad Lake Fire may be obtained from the Naches Ranger District at (509) 653-1401.
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. The public is asked to stay out of the closure area surrounding the Manastash Ridge Fire. Only firefighters, Forest Service or other agency personnel, and law enforcement are allowed access to closure areas. Anyone in the closure area, including people driving motorcycles or off-road vehicles in the restricted area, is subject to fines. 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 – Monday, September 2, 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, lodgepole pine and whitebark pine forest. Air Resources: Aircraft available to the Manastash Ridge and the Conrad Lake Fires are being shared: one Type I helicopter, one Type II helicopter, and one Type III helicopter. Crews: 2 Type I crews and 5 Type II hand crews. Engines: 0 Water Tenders: 0 Road graders: 0 Chippers: 3 Total Personnel: 403
Conrad Lake Fire Facts – Monday, September 2 – 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: one Type I helicopter, one Type II helicopters and one Type III helicopter. Crews: 1 Type II hand crew Engines: 2
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Showers and Thunderstorms in Forecast for Fire Area Today
Cle Elum, Wash. – Intense thunderstorms moved over the area last night, dropping up to a quarter inch of rain on the fire. More rain and thunderstorms are in the forecast for today as well as a flash flood watch, which will remain in effect through Friday afternoon. As a result, crews will evaluate access routes to the fire to determine what operations can be safely carried out during today’s operational period.
Fire activity Wednesday was moderate. Torching was observed in unburned islands of fuel within the interior of the fire. Crews improved deployment areas and worked to restore meadows disturbed by fire and suppression activities.
The 2352 acre fire remains at 15% containment. Although containment lines are constructed, the fire perimeter has not reached the lines on the northern and eastern flanks. Remaining unburned fuels have the potential to ignite and cross established lines. Due to the hazards presented by unburned vegetation and snags, firefighters have been unable to completely secure direct control lines.
Area, trail, and road closures in the vicinity of the fire remain in place protect firefighter and public safety. The number one objective of this fire is to keep the public and firefighters safe. 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 Forests website for current campfire restrictions.
The Conrad Lake fire transitioned to a Type 4 (local) incident management team on Monday, September 2, 2013. For more information about this fire contact the Naches Ranger District at (509) 653-1401.
Manastash Ridge Fire Facts – Wednesday, September 4, 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 Forests 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, lodgepole pine and whitebark pine forest.
Crews: 2 Type I crews and 3 Type II hand crews.
Total Personnel: 193

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Rain on the Fire

Cle Elum, Wash. – Moderate to heavy rain fell over the fire area on Friday, with 1.3 inches of rain being recorded at a RAWS or Remote Automated Weather Station, located near the fire. This is good news for fire fighters as only a few smokes were observed within the fire area yesterday. As a result, all but one 20 person hand crew has been released from the fire. The remaining crew will spend the next several days rehabbing hand and dozer lines where there is no longer a risk of the fire spreading, and will retrieve hose lays, sprinklers and other miscellaneous suppression and support equipment as well.

The 2352 acre fire is now at 40% containment. Although containment lines are constructed, and some are being rehabbed, the fire perimeter has not reached the lines on the northern and eastern flanks. Even with the precipitation, remaining unburned fuels have the potential to ignite and cross established lines with forecast warmer and drier weather early next week. These unburned fuels within the interior of the fire will continue to torch and put up smoke until snow falls on the fire area. Due to the hazards presented by unburned vegetation and snags, the area remains unsafe for public entry.

Area, trail, and road closures in the vicinity of the fire remain in to place protect firefighter and public safety. The number one objective of this fire is to keep the public and firefighters safe. 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 Forests website for current campfire restrictions.


Manastash Ridge Fire Facts – Saturday, September 7, 2013 – 0900 HOURS
Fire Size: approximately 2,352 acres
Percent Contained: 40%
Evacuations: No homes or structures threatened.
Manastash Ridge Closures Summary: A detailed list of closures is available on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forests website. 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, lodgepole pine and whitebark pine forest.
Crews: 1 Type II hand crew.Total Personnel: 50


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Manastash Ridge Fire Information
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http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3697/
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Old 09-10-2013, 03:36 PM
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Manastash fire trail closure relaxation??

I heard through the grapevine that the Funny/Moon rock areas re-opened and were "ran" late last weekend 9/7 or 9/8.
Can anyone help confirm this?
All I can find on O-W NF website is the recent cancellation of campfire restrictions.
Thanks for any help.
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Funny Rocks are open. There is an area closure in the Cle Elum at the border of the Naches. See the maps posted at various bulletin boards in the area. Stop at the bottom of The Bald Mtn, road as one is posted there.
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