Manastash Ridge Fire Update Friday September 06 2013
Incident: Manastash Ridge Fire Wildfire
Fire Management to Focus on Monitor and Patrol
Cle Elum Wash. – Thunder lightning and heavy rains moved through the fire area Thursday night and Friday morning. As a result fire management strategy will transition from active suppression to monitor and patrol. All but one 20 person hand crew will be released from the fire today the Incident Command Post will move to the Cle Elum Ranger Station and fire camp will close. The fire information phone number has changed to 509-607-6321 and will continue to be staffed 8AM – 8PM
Fire activity Thursday was light as a result of precipitation lower temperatures and higher humidities. Crews focused on rehabilitation of meadows and other areas disturbed by the fire itself as well as suppression efforts. These efforts will continue today.
The 2352 acre fire remains at 15% containment. Although containment lines are constructed the fire perimeter has not reached the lines on the northern and eastern flanks. Even with the precipitation remaining unburned fuels have the potential to ignite and cross established lines with forecast warmer and drier weather early next week. Due to the hazards presented by unburned vegetation and snags firefighters have been unable to completely secure direct control lines.
Area trail and road closures in the vicinity of the fire remain in place protect firefighter and public safety. The number one objective of this fire is to keep the public and firefighters safe. 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.
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) 653-1408.
Manastash Ridge Fire Facts – Friday September 6 2013 – 0900 HOURSFire 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.
Crews: 2 Type I crews and 3 Type II hand crews.
Total Personnel: 181