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Old 08-23-2013, 10:02 AM
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Whatís New: This is the last update from this fire. This fire will become a part of the Manastash Ridge Fire Complex (tentative complex name) based near Cle Elum and updates will come from there. For the latest information on this and other wildfires, including road and area closures, please go to the website An alternative contact for road and area closures in the Rimrock Lake area is the Naches Ranger District office at (509) 653-1401.
The fire did not grow yesterday. More resources were released yesterday and more again today. The management team will be released on Saturday. Approximately 150 personal will remain on this fire to finish it out. That number will probably decrease over time. There was a good rain shower this morning at Rimrock.
The fire has hung up in the rocks or in wet areas along creeks on a large portion of the fire perimeter. There are still some portions of the fire on the south side that are being allowed to creep down to the road which has been prepped as a control line. Rehabilitation of fire trails and other areas continues. The low containment level is due to the fire having so much open line in the wilderness. It will remain low probably until the fall rains come.
Weather: Expect cooler blustery and showery weather today and tomorrow. Temperatures on the fire in the 60ís, humidity around 50%, winds gusting to 25 mph this afternoon.
The fire is still mostly within the Goat Rocks Wilderness with some acres outside the wilderness on National Forest and private lands. Base camp is at the Peninsula by Rimrock Lake. The roads in the area of the fire and around the Peninsula are closed as well as some campgrounds accessed by roads that are now closed. See below for details on those closures. State highways 12 and 410 are open. Background: This fire started by lightning on Friday August 9 and is burning eight miles south of Rimrock Lake and 35 miles southwest of Naches, WA. There are flight restrictions within a seven mile radius of the fire and at the Tieton Airstrip which is at the east end of Rimrock Lake. The Tieton airstrip is closed to general aviation. No campfires are allowed on National Forest lands. The fire is located mostly in Sections 15 and 22 of Township 12 N, Range 12 E. Road Closures: 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: Bear Creek Mountain Trail #1130. Conrad Meadows is closed. Area Closures: Rimrock Peninsula Recreation Area including 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.
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