Wildfire Update 9/11/17

Air operations take advantage of clear skies

Fire: Uno Peak

Acres: 7,336

Cause: Under Investigation

Total Personnel: 273

Completion: 1%

Start Date: August 30, 2017

Location: 15 miles NW of Manson, WA

Fuels/Topography: Timber, grass, rugged terrain 

LAKE CHELAN, WA (September 11, 2017) — Low humidity in the higher elevations caused the fire to be more active and burn interior pockets of fuel. The fire remains within the containment lines. Two Black Hawk helicopters from the Washington Air National Guard and a Type 3 helicopter provided air support throughout the day. The helicopters conducted water drops along the eastern edge and interior pockets of the fire. Work continued on the dozer line down Nelson Butte Ridge and the hand line down to the lake was complete.

The structure group continued work within the Canoe Creek area. The Canoe Creek area to the west and the Llama Ranch area to the southeast remain under a Level 1 evacuation (get ready).

Today: Crews will continue working on the northeast end of the fire towards Sawtooth Ridge, looking for opportunities to tie the fire into rocky terrain. Along Nelson Butte Ridge, crews will continue working to strengthen and improve the dozer line and hand line down the ridge to the lake. This may include using some burning operations if weather allows.

The structure protection group will complete work in the Canoe Creek area. Road improvements continue and are expected to be completed by next weekend. Air resources will continue to support the ground operations, and the two Black Hawk helicopters will continue water drops along the fire edges.

Weather today will be similar to that of yesterday, with warm temperatures in the mid-70s and lower humidity. This is being caused by a very dry layer of air that is expected to persist through Tuesday morning. The warmer drier weather on the fire is encouraging interior fuels to torch and causing some plumes of smoke.

Smoke: Smoke has cleared the area due to the northwest winds. More information about smoke and your health is available at wasmoke.blogspot.com.

Closures: Current road closures include the Grade Creek Rd to the intersection with FS 4330-600. Trail closures: Uno Peak Trail, Safety Harbor Trail, Summit Trail (from South Navarre Campground to junction with FS Trail 1258), Summer Blossom, Foggy Dew, Crater Creek and Martin Lakes.  The Deer Point and Safety Harbor Campgrounds are also closed. Foggy Dew Campground remains open. Closure map is available at: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/map/5572/1/73036

Fire Information:

Inciweb: inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5572/

Text Message: text “follow UnoPeakFire” to 40404

Facebook: facebook.com/UnoPeakFire

Twitter: Twitter.com/UnoPeakFire

Phone: 541-612-0642

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Wildfire Update 9/8/17

Favorable weather conditions for firefighters

Fire: Uno Peak

Acres: 6,900

Cause: Under Investigation

Total Personnel: 243

Completion: 1%

Start Date: August 30, 2017

Location: 15 miles NW of Manson, WA

Fuels/Topography: Timber, grass, rugged terrain 

LAKE CHELAN, WA (September 8, 2017) — Smoke persisted in the area and kept fire behavior and fire growth subdued. Air operations were grounded due to smoky skies. The 6-mile long containment line along Coyote Ridge down to Lake Chelan was completed, including distribution of fire hose and water. Crews also have constructed dozer line from Nelson Butte south one mile down the ridge line.

The Canoe Creek area to the west and the Llama Ranch area to the southeast remain under Level 1 evacuation (get ready).

Today: With favorable fire and weather conditions, crews are now working on a containment line closer to the fire from Nelson Butte down toward the lake between Safety Harbor and Coyote Creeks.

Crews will continue to improve roads for safe operations travel for firefighters. With clear skies in the fire area, air operations will continue as the smoke dissipates. Structure protection will continue in Canoe Creek area.

Smoke: With northwesterly winds setting up early today, smoke should life in the fire area. It may continue to linger on the lake, but Saturday should bring good ventilation with a cold front passing through. More information about smoke and your health is available at wasmoke.blogspot.com.

Closures: Current road closures include the Grade Creek Rd to the intersection with FS 4330-600. Trail closures: Uno Peak Trail, Safety Harbor Trail, Summit Trail (from South Navarre Campground to junction with FS Trail 1258), Summer Blossom, Foggy Dew, Crater Creek and Martin Lakes.  The Deer Point and Safety Harbor Campgrounds are also closed. Foggy Dew Campground remains open.

Fire Information:

Inciweb: inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5572/

Text Message: text “follow UnoPeakFire” to 40404

Facebook: facebook.com/UnoPeakFire

Twitter: Twitter.com/UnoPeakFire

Phone: 541-612-0642

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Wildfire Update 9/7/17

Minimal fire growth under smoky skies at 6,900 acres

Fire: Uno Peak

Acres: 6,900

Cause: Under Investigation

Total Personnel: 233

Completion: 1%

Start Date: August 30, 2017

Location: 15 miles NW of Manson, WA

Fuels/Topography: Timber, grass, rugged terrain 

LAKE CHELAN, WA (September 7, 2017) — Smoke from Montana fires covered the fire area and kept temperatures lower and relative humidity higher than forecasted, however, fire behavior remains active. Smoky skies continued to impact air operations by reducing visibility to less than a mile. A small spot occurred over the 8200 Road but was extinguished.

The Canoe Creek area to the west and the Llama Ranch area to the southeast remain under Level 1 evacuation. Indirect handline was constructed down to the lake between Falls Creek and Coyote Creek. Crews finished constructing dozerline along Coyote Ridge.

Today: Crews will work to get fire hose and pumps along the Coyote Ridge area. Structure protection continues in the Llama Ranch and Canoe Creek areas. Additional rseources are assessing, and constructing line along the 8200 Road from the South Navarre Campground along Nelson Butte Ridge, south towards the lake.

Today through Saturday, critical fire weather concerns are in the forecast. Slight risk of thunderstorms are possible tonight. Northwesterly general winds will set up early Friday morning, aligning with peak down-valley winds across Lake Chelan.

Smoke: Heavy smoke from the Uno Fire, as well as many others around the region, will stay in the valleys in the morning due to an air inversion that will lift later in the day. After the inversion lifts, expect smoke to continue to drift down Lake Chelan and be highly visible from the communities of Manson, Chelan, Pateros, Brewster and Twisp. More information about smoke and your health is available at wasmoke.blogspot.com.

Closures: New closures from the South Fork Gold Creek to Crater Creek in the Method Valley have been implemented. Current closures include the Grade Creek Rd to the intersection with FS 4330-600. Trail closures: Uno Peak Trail, Safety Harbor Trail, Summit Trail (from South Navarre Campground to junction with FS Trail 1258) and Summer Blossom, Foggy Dew, Crater Creek and Martin Lakes.  The Deer Point and Safety Harbor Campgrounds are also closed. Foggy Dew Campground remains open.

Fire Information:

Inciweb: inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5572/

Text Message: text “follow UnoPeakFire” to 40404

Facebook: facebook.com/UnoPeakFire

Twitter: Twitter.com/UnoPeakFire

Phone: 541-612-0642

#UnoPeakFire

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Wildfire Update 9/6/17

Fires remains in the Safety Harbor Creek drainage at 6,700 acres

Fire: Uno Peak

Acres: 6,700

Cause: Under Investigation

Total Personnel: 220

Completion: 1%

Start Date: August 30, 2017

Location: 15 miles NW of Manson, WA

Fuels/Topography: Timber, grass, rugged terrain 

LAKE CHELAN, WA (September 6, 2017) — The fire continued to grow to the northeast in the Safety harbor drainage area. A Level 1 evacuation notice (prepare and be aware) remains in place for two private inholdings along the lake, the Llama Ranch are to the south and Canoe Creek to the north. Crews continued to complete structure protection in the Llama Ranch area. The fire remained approximately 3 miles from these areas.

Dozers and hand crews continued to build and strengthen the indirect primary line down Coyote Ridge. Portions of the 8200 Road were graded and brushed to improve safe vehicle traffic. Due to heavy smoke, air resources were grounded all day.

Today: Crews will continue to work on building and improving the primary indirect line, finish structure protection and sprinkler lays in the Llama Ranch area, and begin structure protection in the Canoe Creek area. Smoke may keep the fire shaded and moderate fire activity. Crews will continue with culvert installation on Gold Creek and road improvements along the 8200 Road.

Fire weather conditions remain at critical levels. Humidity recovery was poor last night and relative humidity will be low again today. Temperatures are forecasted for near record levels in the mid to upper 80s. A chance of thunderstorms is expected Thursday and Friday of this week.

Smoke: Heavy smoke from the Uno Fire, as well as many others around the region, will stay in the valleys in the morning due to an air inversion that will lift later in the day. After the inversion lifts, expect smoke to continue to drift down Lake Chelan and be highly visible from the communities of Manson, Chelan, Pateros, Brewster and Twisp. More information about smoke and your health is available at wasmoke.blogspot.com.

Closures: New closures from the South Fork Gold Creek to Crater Creek in the Method Valley have been implemented. Current closures include the Grade Creek Rd to the intersection with FS 4330-600. Trail closures: Uno Peak Trail, Safety Harbor Trail, Summit Trail (from South Navarre Campground to junction with FS Trail 1258) and Summer Blossom. Foggy Dew campground remains open. The Deer Point and Safety Harbor Campgrounds are also closed.

Fire Information:

Inciweb: inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5572/

Text Message: text “follow UnoPeakFire” to 40404

Facebook: facebook.com/UnoPeakFire

Twitter: Twitter.com/UnoPeakFire

Phone: 541-612-0642

#UnoPeakFire

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