Manastash Ridge Fire Updated Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Incident: Manastash Ridge Fire Wildfire
Smaller incident management team will continue to monitor and mop up the fire along established containment lines. Management of Manastash Ridge Fire to transfer to a Type 3 organization Wednesday.
Cle Elum, Wash. – Today, the new Type III team, led by incident commander Jeff Bouschor, U.S. Forest Service, Chelan Ranger District, will shadow Washington Interagency Incident Management Team #4 and assume control of the fire on Wednesday morning. Bouschor’s team will be a smaller organization, better fit to meet the current needs of the incident. Fire lines are prepared and in place, with a little more chipping remaining to be accomplished on the southeast perimeter of the fire.
Members of the Washington Interagency Incident Management Team (WIIMT) #4 would like to express their gratitude and appreciation to all firefighters and support crews. The operation section chief, Mike Asher said, “The quality of resources on this fire has been exceptional.”
Asher stressed that it is important to remember that the 2,352-acre fire is still considered only 15% contained. “The reason for the low percentage of containment,” he said, “is due to unburned vegetation that remains within the perimeter that could begin to burn more actively with warmer and drier weather.”
There remains a potential for unburned fuel to ignite and, with gusty winds, produce spotting beyond the fire’s perimeter. Due to the hazards presented by unburned vegetation and snags, firefighters have been unable to completely secure direct control lines. The dangers do not allow firefighters to go direct on the northern perimeter of the fire. WIIMT #4 incident commander Larry Nickey said, “I know it’s difficult for firefighters to wait to directly fight fire, but it’s the right and safe thing to do in this case.”
Washington Interagency Incident Management Team #4 would also like to thank the public for its patience with the closure area that remains in the Manastash area. The number one objective of this fire is to keep the public and firefighters safe.
The Conrad Lake fire transitioned to a Type 4 (local) incident management team on Monday, September 2, 2013. For more information about this fire contact the Naches Ranger District at (509) 653-1401.
To protect firefighter and public safety, the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest has closed the vicinity of these fires to public access. Details of the closure boundaries, lists of closed roads and trails, and relevant maps are available on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forests website. Only firefighters, Forest Service or other agency personnel, and law enforcement are allowed access to closure areas. Although reevaluated daily, these closure levels are unlikely to change for several days.
Fire danger remains high. Please check the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forests website for current campfire restrictions. To stay informed of changing air quality conditions, view http://wasmoke.blogspot.com/
Manastash Ridge Fire Facts – Tuesday, September 3, 2013 – 0900 HOURS Fire Size: approximately 2,352 acres Percent Contained: 15%Evacuations: No homes or structures threatened.
Manastash Ridge Closures Summary: A detailed list of closures is available on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forests website. On the Naches Ranger District this includes Forest Service Road 1701 before the Funny Rocks Area and the 1900 road system leading north from Little Naches to Quartz Mountain. On the Cle Elum Ranger District, the area closure prohibits being within the boundaries of the posted closure including Forest Service Road 3100 (Manastash Canyon Road) west of the Forest Boundary.
Fuels: Heavy ground and ladder fuels, high elevation subalpine fir, lodgepole pine and whitebark pine forest.Air Resources: One Type I helicopter, one Type II helicopter and one Type III helicopter. Crews: 2 Type I crews and 3 Type II hand crews.Total Personnel: 310