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Crescent Mountain Fire Update 8-15

Aug 15, 2018

Crescent Mountain Fire

August 15, 2018 @ 8:00 a.m.

A public meeting will be held on Thursday, August 16 at 6:30pm

at the Winthrop Barn (the Red Barn) at 51 N. Highway 20 in Winthrop.

●   Crescent Mountain Fire: 17,075 acres; 37% contained

●   Personnel: 539

●   Point of Origin: Approximately 21 miles west of Twisp

●   Start Date: July 29, 2018 

●   Cause: Lightning


●   McLeod Fire: 2,800 acres; 0% contained

●   Personnel: 232

●   Point of Origin: Approximately 8 miles north of Mazama

●   Start Date: August 11, 2018                                                       

●   Cause: Lightning


Current Activity:

Crescent Mountain Fire: Yesterday, crews worked to cool areas of heat near firelines on the east side of the fire utilizing helicopters with bucket drops near Poplar Flat. The night shift continued checking firelines, mopping up, and running pumps last night, further securing the War Creek and Poplar Flat areas. Today, crews will reinforce established firelines up Scaffold Ridge and Slate Creek. The fire is still slowly advancing in the Reynolds drainage in the Lake Chelan-Sawtooth Wilderness.


McLeod Fire: Yesterday, firefighters began improving the Eightmile Road near the Honeymoon and Ruffed Grouse Campground, removing brush along the road edges to provide a more secure firebreak. This work will continue today along with scouting of locations for possible handline construction and tactical firing operations. Aerial support, including retardant drops, may be used on the ridge north of the McLeod Fire.

Doe Fire: Mop up continues with the goal of extinguishing all areas of heat on this 12-acre fire.

Evacuations: A Level 2 evacuation is in effect for the area west of Little Bridge Creek Road. Level 2 means prepare now in the event an evacuation is necessary.  No evacuations are in effect for the McLeod or Doe Fires at this time.

Closures: The Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest has issued closure orders for the fire areas. Specific trail, road, and area closures, and a closure map, can be found at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6093/. A temporary flight restriction is in place over the increased fire area. For details, see http://tfr.faa.gov/save_pages/detail_8_6774.html . For information on road closures, visit to: https://www.wsdot.com/traffic/trafficalerts/default.aspx.


Smoke: Numerous fires in the area and from Canada will continue to generate smoke in the area. For more information on smoke and public health, please visit: http:wasmoke.blogspot.com, https://www.purpleair.com/, and https://www.wildlandfiresmoke.net/outlooks/. For smoke information in Spanish visit: https://www.doh.wa.gov/CommunityandEnvironment/AirQuality/SmokeFromFires/HumodeIncendios

Areas businesses are open. Please consider showing your support by shopping in the local communities.


Fire Information:

Inciweb: Crescent Mountain: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6093/ McLeod: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6130/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CrescentMTNFire/

Fire Information Center: (480) 744-9318                   

Email: gilbertfireinfo2018@gmail.com


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