Fire Update July 12, 2013
Incident: Sun Mountain Fire Wildfire
Yesterday afternoon’s gusty winds pushed Sun Mountain fire to about 35 acres. The fire is burning in the steep terrain of the Lake Chelan Sawtooth Wilderness; in the south fork of War Creek drainage, southwest of Winthrop, Washington.
Aerial firefighting efforts continued while firefighters on the ground pulled back to a safe location when yesterday afternoon’s strong winds pushed at the fire. Once the winds settled, firefighters were able to re-engage.
An area closure has been put in place to provide for public and firefighter safety. It begins at the confluence of War Creek and the South Fork War Creek and extends southwest following Black Ridge to Sun Mt, then following Chelan Crest from Sun Mt. to Battle Mt. continuing northeast along Snowshoe Ridge to the wilderness boundary, then north along the wilderness boundary back to the beginning.
Though the name may cause some confusion, Sun Mountain Lodge is not threatened by the fire, and is in fact separated from the fire by several miles of forest, rivers and ridgetops.