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Old 08-21-2013, 07:07 AM
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FS: Fire on Manastash Ridge – Aug 20 2013

Posted on August 20, 2013 by Clay Graham ("Ceg")



U.S. FOREST SERVICE FIRE UPDATE


Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest


215 Melody Lane

Wenatchee, WA 98801
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New Fire on Manastash Ridge visible from Naches and Cle Elum

Naches WA— Monday afternoon crews responded to a smoke report on Manastash Ridge in Kittitas County, WA. As of Tuesday at noon, the un-named fire was reported to be approximately 25 acres in size near Shoestring Lake.

Cle Elum and Naches Ranger District fire managers have assigned two hand crews, smoke jumpers, rappellers, two helicopters, and a bulldozer to the fire. Firefighters spent the day getting access to the fire and establishing a safe anchor point. When conditions have allowed, crews have started to create direct and indirect fire line around the fire.

Smoke may be visible from the city of Cle Elum and along State Highway 410 on the Naches Ranger District. Forest visitors in the Manastash drainage or in the Little Naches drainage may see increased fire vehicle traffic and are asked to please drive slowly in these areas.
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Old 08-21-2013, 04:58 PM
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I would like to know how it started....I was at the rocks late Saturday and stayed overnight at TriPod Flats and let me tell ya, it was chilly at night. I didn't see any lightening
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I would like to know how it started....I was at the rocks late Saturday and stayed overnight at TriPod Flats and let me tell ya, it was chilly at night. I didn't see any lightening
We have had lots of lightening in the past few weeks. A strike can smolder for quite a while waiting for conditions to be just right. Then all heck breaks loose. This fire made a big run Monday afternoon.

I was up in the area posting "Caution Warnings/ Maps" at every trailhead today. I returned to the station and was told to be at the ready Thursday incase there is a closure.
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FS: Fire on Manastash Ridge – Aug 20 2013

Posted on August 20, 2013 by Clay Graham ("Ceg")



U.S. FOREST SERVICE FIRE UPDATE


Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest


215 Melody Lane

Wenatchee, WA 98801
For immediate release:
August 20, 2013—4:00 p.m.
Contact:
Public Information Officer Michelle King, 509-653-1420
Naches Ranger District Front Office, 509-653-1401


New Fire on Manastash Ridge visible from Naches and Cle Elum

Naches WA— Monday afternoon crews responded to a smoke report on Manastash Ridge in Kittitas County, WA. As of Tuesday at noon, the un-named fire was reported to be approximately 25 acres in size near Shoestring Lake.

Cle Elum and Naches Ranger District fire managers have assigned two hand crews, smoke jumpers, rappellers, two helicopters, and a bulldozer to the fire. Firefighters spent the day getting access to the fire and establishing a safe anchor point. When conditions have allowed, crews have started to create direct and indirect fire line around the fire.

Smoke may be visible from the city of Cle Elum and along State Highway 410 on the Naches Ranger District. Forest visitors in the Manastash drainage or in the Little Naches drainage may see increased fire vehicle traffic and are asked to please drive slowly in these areas.
Now at 300 acres and it is staffed with 50 fire fighters. Also has a helicopter dropping water.
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Old 08-22-2013, 08:45 AM
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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.
Contact:
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/.



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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.
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Manastash Ridge and Conrad Lake Fires
News UPDATE
August 24, 2013
0900 Hours

Helicopter water drop south of Manastash Ridge in subalpine fir fuel type. August 23, 2013.
Credit: Jared Treser 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
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(509) 607-6321 Hours:7 AM-9 PM


Subdued fire activity and smoke due to cool, moist weather conditions.

Manastash Ridge Fire now 2,320 acres burning in high elevation forests near Cle Elum, Washington

Cle Elum, Wash. – The Manastash Ridge Fire, mapped for the first time yesterday from aircraft, is now estimated to cover 2,320 acres of high-elevation forests in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. The fire is approximately 12 miles southwest of Cle Elum, Wash., near Shoestring Lake on the North side of the Manastash Ridge Trail, approximately three miles southwest of Manastash Camp. Cooler, moist weather Friday reduced fire activity and growth, producing less visible smoke. This weather pattern is expected to continue through the weekend.

The Washington Interagency Incident Management Team #4, under the command of Larry Nickey, incident commander, is managing the Manastash Ridge Fire and also took over management of the Conrad Lake Fire at 6 a.m. today. The Conrad Lake Fire, located 35 miles southwest from Naches, covers approximately 1,000 acres and is currently 25% contained. The low containment level is due to the fire having so much open line in the wilderness. Management of the Conrad Lake Fire is in a monitoring phase with 150 people assigned. 216 personnel are currently working on the Manastash Ridge Fire, including 9 firefighting crews, 1 falling crew, and 3 helicopters.

These fires are not threatening homes or structures at this time. Despite cooler, moist weather, gusty winds may cause occasional torching and spotting in the Manastash Ridge Fire. The ground is extremely difficult to access over the basalt rock terrain. Roads into the area are very rough, but dozers and graders are being used to improve access. Fire suppression activities are focused on keeping the fire from spotting into stringers of timber below and south of the Ridge. Forest Service Road 3100 (Manastash Canyon Road) will be used as the contingency containment line to the north of the Manastash Fire. Several small fires ignited by lightning on August 22 near Highway 12 west of Naches are being suppressed by initial attack crews and helicopter water drops.

Road and trail closures around both fire areas remain in effect. The Forest Service may expand the closure area around Manastash Ridge due to changing fire conditions and increased firefighter traffic. These popular outdoor recreation and hunting areas will see increased public and firefighter traffic over the weekend. To ensure public and firefighter safety, visitors need to drive carefully and stay out of closure areas. Only firefighters, Forest Service or other agency personnel, and law enforcement are allowed access to closure areas. Closure notices have been posted at trailheads and other entry points. A detailed list of closures is available on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest website.

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The current strategy for managing the Manastash Ridge Fire is a combination of indirect attack by establishing contingency lines, use of natural fire barriers, and some direct control. Operational tactics being used today include reconnaissance, improving access, and fire line preparation. Divisions on the south perimeter will be suppressing spot fires and preventing movement of fire through timber stringers into unburned forests to the south. Ensuring the safety of firefighters working in this rugged area is the top priority. The proposed actions keep firefighters safely away from the fire, allowing time for limited resources to complete fire lines. Today, eight additional 20-person fire crews have been assigned to the Manastash Ridge Fire.

The Manastash Ridge Fire was started by lightning, along with approximately 30 others on August 9. All of the local fires started on August 9 except this one and the Conrad Lake Fire were controlled by initial attack forces. The Manastash Ridge Fire, burning at 6,000 feet elevation in subalpine fir/whitebark pine forest types, became active on Monday, August 19. Jumpers and rappellers attempted to make use of natural rock barriers, helicopter water bucket drops and some retardant to slow fire spread. Retardant dropped along the east flank of the fire and along the rim of the Ridge Wednesday was not effective in stopping the spread of the fire because gusty winds were producing ¼-mile spotting.

There is no estimated containment of the Manastash Ridge Fire at this time.

Road and trail closures south of the Manastash Ridge Fire include 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 side, closures include the Manastash Ridge Trail, Shoestring Trail, and roads south from Manastash and Rider’s Camps. Manastash Canyon Road (FS Road 3100) is open to Quartz Mountain. Road closures near the Conrad Lake Fire include National Forest Roads 1000, 1204, 1205, 1200-725, and the 1070 between its junction with the 1000 to its junction with 1070-595. 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. Current closure information is available on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest website.

Roads near the fire will continue to be assessed for closure needs. Closures will depend upon fire activity, weather conditions, and other factors. Visitors should be aware of closures and monitor web sites or call Manastash Fire Information at (509) 607-6321.

To stay informed of changing air quality conditions, view http://wasmoke.blogspot.com/

Manastash Ridge Fire Facts – Saturday, August 24, 2013 – 0900 HOURS
Fire Size: approximately 2,320 acres
Percent Contained: 0%
Evacuations: No home or structures threatened.
Manastash Ridge Closures Summary: A detailed list of closures is available on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest website. On the Naches side 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 side, closures include the Manastash Ridge Trail, Shoestring Trail, and roads south from Manastash and Rider’s Camps. Manastash Canyon Road (FS Road 3100) is open to Quartz Mountain.
Fuels: Heavy ground and ladder fuels, high elevation subalpine fir and whitebark pine forest.
Air Resources: Two air attack platforms, two Type II helicopters and one Type III helicopter.
Crews: 9 Type II hand crews and 1 feller crew
Engines: 0 Dozers: 2 Water Tenders: 3 Road graders: 2
Total Personnel: Approx. 216 (68 overhead)
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Old 08-25-2013, 11:03 AM
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Storm front expected to arrive later today, bringing with it needed rain, erratic winds, lightning

Manastash Ridge Fire now 2,320 acres burning in high elevation forest near Cle Elum, Washington

Cle Elum, Wash. – The 2,320-acre Manastash Ridge Fire, mapped by infrared flight, continues to burn in the high-elevation forest in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forests, 12 miles southwest of Cle Elum, Wash. There was limited fire growth on the fire perimeter yesterday, but erratic winds and potential lightning from a storm moving through the area later today may increase fire behavior – even though the storm is predicted to bring some much-needed rain.

Yesterday, firefighters had a successful day keeping the south side of the Fire along the bluffs secure. Crews also started preparing Forest Service Road 3100 (Manastash Canyon Road) as a contingency fire line north of the Fire, and continued to scout for better locations for containment line closer to the fire perimeter. Today, operations will continue to work on securing the contingency line and continue evaluating line construction closer to the current fire perimeter.

Ensuring the safety of firefighters working in this rugged area is the top priority. Proposed suppression actions keep firefighters safely away from the fire, allowing time for limited resources to complete fire lines. Firefighters were advised by Larry Nickey, incident commander for the Washington Interagency Incident Management Team #4 that has been managing the fire since last Thursday, to be extremely careful as personnel evaluate taking a more direct attack on the fire if increased relative humidity allows.

Road and trail closures have been expanded to an additional area closure in the Manastash Ridge area due to fire operations in the area. It is prohibited to be within the closure area of Township 18N, Range 14E Sections 3, 10-14, 24, 25; Township 18N, Ranger 15E Sections 8, 10, 16, 18,19-36; Township 17N, Range 15E Section 1-4. Included in the area closure are Forest Service Roads 3100 (Manastash Canyon Road), 3120, 3111, 3111-115, 3111-117, and Trails 1366, 1345, 4W311, 1350, 1385, 4W306, 694. To ensure public and firefighter safety, visitors need to drive carefully and stay out of closure areas. Only firefighters, Forest Service or other agency personnel, and law enforcement are allowed access to closure areas. A detailed list of the closure boundary and other road and trail closures is available on the closure section of this Inciweb page.

A community meeting about the Manastash Ridge Fire, including the closure orders, will take place at the Thorp Fire Station at 7pm on Monday, August 26, 2013. The fire station is located at 10700 N Thorp Hwy in the town of Thorp.

The Manastash Ridge Fire was started by lightning along with approximately 30 others on August 9. All of the local fires started on August 9 except this one and the Conrad Lake Fire were controlled by initial attack forces.

The Manastash Ridge Fire, burning at 6,000 feet elevation in subalpine fir/whitebark pine forest types, became active on Monday, August 19. Jumpers and rappellers attempted to make use of natural rock barriers, helicopter water bucket drops and some retardant to slow fire spread. Retardant dropped along the east flank of the fire and along the rim of the Ridge Wednesday was not effective in stopping the spread of the fire because gusty winds were producing ¼-mile spotting. Reconnaissance efforts continued last Thursday and Friday to find access points and potential containment line.

The Washington Interagency Incident Management Team #4 is also managing the Conrad Lake Fire. The Conrad Lake Fire, located 35 miles southwest of Naches, covers approximately 1,000 acres and is currently 25% contained. The low containment level is due to the fire having so much open line in the wilderness. Yesterday the Conrad Lake Fire is started to slowly back toward Phantom Lake. Smoke will continue to be visible today. Management of the Conrad Lake Fire is in a monitoring phase with 150 people assigned.

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.

Visitors should be aware of closures and monitor web sites or call Manastash Fire Information at the new fire information phone number (509) 964-2138 for the latest closure information.

Fire danger remains very high. Please check the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest website for the current campfire restrictions. To stay informed of changing air quality conditions, view http://wasmoke.blogspot.com/


Basic Information


Incident Type
Wildfire

Cause
Lightning

Date of Origin
Friday August 09th, 2013 approx. 10:00 PM

Location
T18, R15, Sec 30, 14 Miles West of Cle Elum, WA

Incident Commander
Larry Nickey

Current Situation


Total Personnel
301

Size
1,665 acres

Fuels Involved

Timber (litter and understory)High Load fuel. Sub Alpine Fir with continuous canopy closure, fields of talus.


Fire Behavior

Fire creeping in ground fuels with few short crown runs.


Significant Events

Crews worked in Div Z to secure areas of concern. Area trails and forest roads closure in process.


Outlook


Planned Actions

Continue to establish anchor points and conduct reconnaissance. Finalize approval for area closure.


Growth Potential

High


Terrain Difficulty

High


Remarks

Acreage change is primarily attributed to more accurate mapping.


Current Weather


Wind Conditions
20 gusts mph W

Temperature
60 degrees

Humidity
60%


Unit Information

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Okanogan - Wenatchee National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
215 Melody Lane
Wenatchee, WA 98801

Incident Contact



Fire Information
Phone: 509 964 2138

Recent Articles

Manastash Ridge Fire Update Sunday August 25, 2013 0900 Hrs
News - 1:33 hrs. ago
Public Meeting Monday August 26 at 7:00pm Thorp Fire Station
Announcement - 2 hrs. ago
Manastash Area Closure August 24, 2013
Closure - 14 hrs. ago
New Phone Number for Fire Information
Announcement - 17 hrs. ago

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Fire Perimeter 08-23-2013
Fire Perimeter 08-22-2013

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Source: USGS Rocky Mountain Geographic Science Center

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Rug 24 2013 6:30PM WIMT 2 DNR 1,5097737792 p.2 .....::-. ... -~._.- " ...._..--.~- ..- _.._.... -,....._' ".
5.0. Order: _
AREA CLOSURE for PUBLIC SAFETY
OKANOGAN-WENATCHEE NATIONAL FOREST
Pursuant to 36 CFR261.S0(a) and (b), the following acts are prohibited on the okancgan-wenatchee National Forest:
1. Togo Into or be upon any area closedfor protection of public health or safety. For the purposes of this order, It Is prohibited to enter or be within NationalForest System lands, roads, or trails within the area of the Cle Elum Ranger District closure area consisting of: Forest Road 3100 west of the Forest Boundary, Forest Road 3120 south of its Junction with Dlvlde JeepTrail, Forest Road 3111 south of its junction with Forest Road 3111-115, Forest Road 3111-117, Frost MountainTrail1366southofFrostMountain,HoytTrail 1345 south of its junction with 3120; Divide Jeep Trai14W311, Manastash LakeTrail 1350, Shoestring Trail 13BS, Manastash Ridge Jeep Trail 4W306 and Manastash Jeep Trail 694 of the Cle Elum Ranger District. Refer to the closure area map as shown InExhibitA.This lncludes all National Forest System (NFSllands as describedbelow:
Any portion of National Forest Lands within Sections 3, 10, 11,12, 13, 14, 24, and 2S of Township 18 North, Range 14 East; Sections 8,10,16,18,19 - 36 ofTownship 18 North, Range 15 East; and SectIons 1- 4 of Township 17 North, Range 15 East with the Cle Elum Ranger District, as shown In ElChlblt A.
(36 CFR 261.53(e)]
This closure Is effective as of August 25,2013 and will remain ineffectuntil terminated.
Pursuant to 36 CFR261.S0(e), the following persons are exempt from this order:
1. Persons with a permit specifically authorizing the otherwise prohibited act or omission, including Washington state employees in performa nee of an offIcial duty and their authorized contracto rs. 2. Any Federal, Stat~ or local offlceror a member of any organized search and rescue, emergency services or firefighting force in the performance of an official dutv. 3. Any private land owner exercising an existing right to access their own private property which Is otherwise within the closureareaas described above.
Thisprohibition Is In addition to the general prohibitions in 36 CFRPart 261, Subpart A.
Done at Wenatchee, Washington this ~day of August, 2013. , ~lM~d,~~b-- ebecca L. Heath Forest Supervisor Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
Violationsoftheseprohibitions are punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000 for an Individual or $10;000 for an organization, or Imprisonment for not more than 6 months, or both. (16 use 551 and 18 use 3559 and 3571).
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