Lightning Fires in The Upper Lake Chelan Area
Incident: Moore Point Wildfire
Lightning Fires in the Upper Lake Chelan Area
Chelan— Forest Service firefighters continue suppression efforts on the four fires in the upper portion of the Lake Chelan area on the Chelan Ranger District.
The Moore Point Fire, estimated at 250 acres, actively burned during the night as firefighters focused efforts on protecting the two private residences within the fire area. Twenty additional fire personnel will arrive today for a total of forty firefighters, and two DNR helicopters working the Moore Point Fire. The lightning-caused fire started south of the Moore Point campground on the face of Round Mountain on July 28th. Suppression efforts on this fire are focused on structure protection on private land. Standing dead trees from the 2001 Rex Creek Fire, steep terrain, and rolling material continue to pose high risk to firefighter safety.
Forest Service officials have closed Moore Point campground as well as the Lakeshore Trail #1274 between Meadow Creek and Flick Creek campground for public and firefighter safety.
Six smokejumpers and four rappellers will continue suppression efforts on the three acre Skookum Puss Fire below Skookum Puss Mountain at the head of Cascade Creek.
The Wolverine Creek Fire is approximately three miles north of Lucerne at roughly one quarter acre in size and is staffed with two smokejumpers.
The Jungle Fire, located about two miles north of Graham Harbor, is roughly two tenths of an acre burning in the 2004 Deep Harbor fire area. Two smokejumpers will continue to staff this fire.
All four Forest Service fires are being managed with suppression strategies that emphasize firefighter safety and utilize natural barriers where feasible. Protecting structures, private property, campgrounds and forest resources are a priority. These fires pose a high risk to firefighter safety because of the steep terrain, remoteness and rolling debris. Suppression strategies being used include utilizing avalanche chutes, streams, old burns and rock slides to keep a fire from spreading.