Although campfire bans are in place in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest to prevent fires, nothing prevents nature from starting fires. In fact, recent thunderstorms brought more than 2,700 lightning strikes to the state, and firefighters responded to 12 new wildfires in the forest.
Most fires are small and under control, but more could start
A press release states that “most of the fires are small, averaging 1/10 to 1/4 acre, and the largest is estimated at 45 acres. More fires may appear over the next few days. “.
Forestry officials say so far there have been three fires and two smoke reports in the Wenatchee River Ranger District.
The Irving Peak and Wenatchee Ridge fires are located within a few miles of each other in the Little Wenatchee River watershed; the White River light is about two miles above the crest of them in the White River basin.
1. Irving Peak Fire is estimated at 45 acres and is located on very steep, inaccessible terrain two miles north of Lake Creek Campground. The smoke is very visible. The fire is about 19 miles northwest of Plain, WA.
2. Wenatchee Ridge Fire is ¼ acre in size and located in the Soda Springs area of the Little Wenatchee River watershed and features three abseils.
3. White River Fire spans 6 acres and is located in the Sears Creek area of the White River Watershed, approximately 16 miles northwest of Plain, WA. Firefighting resources include two interagency Hotshot teams, boosters and a bulldozer. The smoke is very visible.
4. There are reports of two smokes near Phelps Ridge and Buck Creek in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area, staff are still gathering information on these incidents.
Other fires were started in Cle Elum Ranger District
Firefighters say five fires have occurred in the Cle Elum Ranger District. Crews are either on the scene or on their way to hike in the steep, difficult-to-access terrain where these fires are located 11 and 13 miles northwest of Cle Elum, WA.
1. Thorp Mountain, 5 acres near Jolly Mountain; fire burns in wood and grass. Initially it had 11 smokers, a crew of 14 and two engines, but firefighters deployed to help with the other small fires in the same general area.
2. Lookout Fire, 2 acres, near Thorp Lookout
3. Knox Creek Fire, 2 acres
4. No Name Creek Fire, 1/10-1/4 acre
5. No Name Ridge Fire, 1/10-1/4 acre
Two small fires were also discovered in Entiat Ranger District and Chelan Ranger District, both of which are a quarter acre and are being managed by firefighters.
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