Manastash Ridge Fire Update Monday September 09 2013
Incident: Manastash Ridge Fire Wildfire
Warmer Temperatures and Lower Humidities Return
Cle Elum Wash. – Numerous smokes were visible within the fire perimeter Sunday as clear skies warmer temperatures and lower humidities returned to the fire area. The smokes were located mostly in deep duff in riparian zones and areas of dense canopy cover where the weekend’s precipitation did not reach the ground. Warmer drier weather is forecast for the remainder of the week.
Crews spent much of Sunday picking up hose lays pumps and other miscellaneous equipment that was deployed during initial attack and long term suppression as well as mopping up smokes as they occurred. In one case hazards in the post fire environment was well demonstrated when a pump was found buried in a mud slide that resulted from heavy precipitation falling on an area where fire intensity was severe. In this case the fire was so intense that all organic material was consumed leaving only hydrophobic soil or soil that will not absorb water.
The 2352 acre fire is now at 40% containment. Although containment lines are constructed and some are being rehabbed the fire perimeter has not reached the lines on the northern and eastern flanks. Due to the forecast warmer temperatures and hazards presented by unburned vegetation and snags the area remains unsafe for public entry.
Area trail and road closures in the vicinity of the fire remain in place to protect firefighter and public safety. These closures are being evaluated daily and will likely be relaxed mid-week. 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.
Fire danger remains high. Please check the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forests website for current campfire restrictions.
Manastash Ridge Fire Facts – Monday September 9 2013 – 0900 HOURSFire Size: approximately 2 352 acres
Percent Contained: 40%
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 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: 1 Type II hand crew. Total Personnel: 50