Moore Point Fire Update
Incident: Moore Point Wildfire
Chelan Ranger District Fire Update
Chelan— Forest Service officials estimate the Moore Point Fire to be approximately 500 acres, as of Tuesday evening. The fire is burning along the Lakeshore Trail, southeast towards the Meadow Creek drainage and backing north into Fish Creek. Structure protection is the primary suppression emphasis on the fire. A combination of factors continues to pose high risk for firefighter suppression efforts including falling dead trees from the 2001 Rex Creek Fire, steep terrain, and rolling material.
“The firefighters on the ground are constantly assessing their situation to mitigate the terrain and snag hazards. We strive to balance direct suppression actions with minimizing firefighter exposure to unnecessary risks. Much of the Moore Point Fire, especially on the face of Round Mountain, is extremely steep and unsafe for direct suppression actions by firefighters. So the focus is on structure protection and finding opportunities to safely corral the fire,” describes Kari Grover Wier, District Ranger on the Chelan Ranger District.
Chelan County Sheriff officials have issued Level III evacuation for the two private residences south of Moore Point campground within the fire area. At this level, residents are advised to leave the area immediately due to the fire danger. Four additional private residences north and south of the fire perimeter are placed on a Level II evacuation notice where they have been advised either relocate or to be prepared to leave at a moment’s notice.
Firefighters on the Moore Point Fire have been successful in their efforts of protecting the private residences along Lake Chelan in the Round Mountain and Moore Point vicinity. “Most of these homes have cleared defensible space and have sprinkler systems in place. The homeowners have done a good job preparing their property for wildfire. These precautionary efforts significantly help our firefighting efforts,” states Jeff Bouschor, Assistant Fire Manager for the Chelan Ranger District.
Moore Point Campground and the Lakeshore Trail #1274 between Meadow Creek and Flick Creek campground remain closed for public and firefighter safety.
Suppression efforts have been successful on the three additional lightning fires in the Chelan area.
Firefighters have made good progress constructing fire line and limiting the fire spread on Skookum Puss Fire located south of the Moore Point Fire near Rex Creek. Currently, the fire size is estimated between three to five acres.
The two smokerjumpers staffing the Wolverine Creek Fire located three miles north of Lucerne, successfully constructed fire line around the fire perimeter holding the fire at one quarter acre in size.
The Jungle Fire, located about two miles north of Graham Harbor, is reported to be 50% contained with limited fire growth at two tenths of an acre. Two smokejumpers will continue to staff this fire over the next few days.
The Chelan Ranger District would like to remind forest visitors that all outdoor burning is restricted and campfires restrictions are in place on National Forest Lands in Chelan County. Please contact the local U.S. Forest Service ranger station for more information.