Fires In & Near the Methow Valley

Tuesday, August 14. 7:50 a.s. Update for Crescent Mountain Fire. Level 2 Evacuation area has been expanded. Fire is 16,923 acres; 23% contained.

Planned Action includes: Complete Canyon Ridge line construction NE of the fire, uphill of Twisp River; Finish contingency lines on Thompson Ridge and Twisp Road

Projected Incident Activity:
12 hours: spread low to moderate, good relative humidity recovery overnight.
24 hours: slightly warmer and drier conditions, moderate to active fire behavior.

TRAIL CLOSURES
Goat Peak Trail (457),
Hidden Lakes Trail(502) from Billy Goat TH to Eightmile Pass,
Larch Creek Trail (502) from Billy Goat TH to Billy Goat Pass,
RoundUp Creek (509)
Goat Creek (511).

ROAD CLOSURES:
FSR 5130000 Eightmile Road and all of its local roads
FSR 5130100 BuckLake road and all of its local roads
FSR5130300 Lamb Butte Road and all of its local roads
FSR5200000 Cub-Goat Creek Road and all of its local roads
FSR 5215000 Boesel Canyon road and all of its local roads
FSR5217100 Fawn Creek Road and all of its local roads
FSR5220000 Ortell Road and all of its local roads
FSR5225000 Blackpine Basin Road and all of its local roads
FSR 5227100 Yellow Jacket Road


Where is the smoke coming from?

The following NOAA site shows smoke movement in this area. Arrow over the rows to get more info.

National NOAA Smoke Map

Air Quality in Winthrop

Washington Smoke Blog


Local and NW Fire Information Sources

Northwest Interagency Coordination Center: large fire info, daily updates.Northwest Coordination Center .

News releases from the Okanogan WenatcheeOWNF's news releases website.

OWNF Twitter (read tweeted messages online)OkaWen twitter site.

Washington DNRDNR website.

Washington DNR twitterDNR twitter.

Dispatch records for Wildfire at Central Washington Interagency Communications Center (CWICC). CWICC's website.

CONFINE: limit spread with natural or created barriers. Surveillance but often minimal suppression. (e.g. steep, rocky).
CONTAIN: control line surrounding fire is reasonably expected to check the fires spread under predicted conditions.
CONTROL: line (often blacklined) sufficient to stop fires spread.


National Fire Information Sources

National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) Daily update on major fires in the U.S. FireInfo.

National Interagency Fire Center Daily (Sunday Statistics for the Northwest - 21 uncontained active large fires and 26 new fires. Nationally there are 108 fires burning 1,634,658 acres. Year to date: 39,772 fires have burned 5,520,594 acres.
Annual average prior 10 years (2008-2017) 42,402 fires for 4.317,197 acres.

Incident Information System includes information for major fires in USA. Incident Information website.
Fire Information System includes information for major fires in USA.
Fire Information Report website.


British Columbia Fire Information

British Columbia Wildfire Information BC Fire Info.

Canada Fire Info MapCanada Fire Info Map.

Snowy Mountain Fire listed at 33010 acres and 40% contained, burning 14 km south of Keremeos. It is reported as BEING OUT OF CONTROL.
Placer Mountain fire about 5,861 acres and 90% contained and is reported as BEING HELD.
Saturday afternoon,(8/11/18) Kamloops Fire Centre reports 21 new starts today--believed to be from lightning.