Update on the Granite Fire 9-16-2013 ...........
The Granite Fire located approximately 19 miles west of Leavenworth has grown to 225 acres since August 4th while still staying within natural terrain features. Rock fields and ridges along with scattered trees continue to limit overall growth. The fire is down to just several smokes after experiencing nearly two inches of precipitation or more over the last few weeks and while burning in patchy fuels. It will continue to burn however until winter snows put it out completely.
The fire is within the Alpine Lake Wilderness Area and was started by lightning on August 4th. The fire is being monitored and is providing a natural ecological process. This wilderness wildfire is likely to burn through the fall and visitors should remain vigilant if they hike adjacent to the fire area.
Smoke from the fire has been light to moderate with some smoke settling into the Icicle drainage at night. The seven square mile closure in place for public safety affecting several trails including French Creek Trail #1595 from its intersection with Snowall Creek Trail #1560 and its intersection with Paddy-Go-Easy Trail has been lifted. The ONLY trail closure IN EFFECT is Klonaqua Lake Trail #1563.
|Date of Origin||Sunday August 04th, 2013 approx. 05:00 PM|
|Location||19 mi west of Leavenworth|
|Incident Commander||Smith & Sullivan|
FBFM 8 and 10 (Timber litter)
Monitor fire behavior.
extremely steep and rocky
|Wind Conditions||4 mph NE|