Manastash Ridge Fire Update Thursday September 05 2013
Incident: Manastash Ridge Fire Wildfire
Showers and Thunderstorms in Forecast for Fire Area Today
Cle Elum Wash. – Intense thunderstorms moved over the area last night dropping up to a quarter inch of rain on the fire. More rain and thunderstorms are in the forecast for today as well as a flash flood watch which will remain in effect through Friday afternoon. As a result crews will evaluate access routes to the fire to determine what operations can be safely carried out during today’s operational period.
Fire activity Wednesday was moderate. Torching was observed in unburned islands of fuel within the interior of the fire. Crews improved deployment areas and worked to restore meadows disturbed by fire and suppression activities.
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. Remaining unburned fuels have the potential to ignite and cross established lines. 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) 653-1401.
Manastash Ridge Fire Facts – Thursday September 5 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: 193