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Clear skies give firefighters more opportunities to engage Uno Peak Fire

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Uno Peak Fire view on Sept. 9, 2017. (Photo courtesy of Dale England and Lake Chelan Helicopters)

On Saturday, September 9, 2017, Uno Peak Fire activity was insignificant due to higher humidity levels and cooler temperatures. Air support was back up and running with four helicopters from Chelan County, the Washington Air National Guard and a S61 Sikorsky. They were able to drop water along the eastern side of the fire.

Crews on the ground bulldozed trail on Nelson Butte, and structure crew work within the Canoe Creek area completing about 75% of the structure protection.

The Canoe Creek area to the west and the Llama Ranch area to the southeast remain under a Level 1 evacuation notice.

Views around Uno Peak Fire. (Photo courtesy of NW Incident Management Team #10)

USFS Wolf Creek Hotshots building line removing fuel along the dozer line and falling snags in preparation for a burnout operation. Conditions are steep, dusty and hot, but the team is making good progress. (Photo courtesy of NW Incident Management Team #10)

  • Completion: 1%
  • Acres: 7,236
  • Start Date: August 30, 2017
  • Cause: Under Investigation
  • Location: 15 miles NW of Manson, WA
  • Total Personnel: 273
  • Fuels/Topography: Timber, grass, rugged terrain

On Sunday, crews will begin going direct on the fire on the Sawtooth Ridge using a combination of handline, check line and cold trail to tie the fire into the rocks to the north. Crews on the Nelson Butte Ridge will complete the prep work and begin looking at direct options to suppress the fire.

They will begin removing fuels using a masticator/brush cutter down the Nelson Butte Ridge. A hotshot crew will be inserted to the bottom of the ridge by boat and begin uphill line construction from there.

Uno Peak Fire on Sept. 9, 2017. (Photo courtesy of Dale England and Lake Chelan Helicopters)

Uno Peak Fire on Sept. 9, 2017. (Photo courtesy of Dale England and Lake Chelan Helicopters)

Structure protection is projected to be completed on Sunday in the Canoe Creek area. Road improvements continue and are expected to be completed by next weekend.

Humidity will be in the high 20s with winds changing to south, southwest Sunday afternoon, which is expected to be the coldest day of the week with temperatures in the 60s to 70s before becoming hotter and dryer this week.

The smoke has cleared the area due to the northwest winds. More information about smoke, air quality and health is available at wasmoke.blogspot.com/.

Uno Peak Fire on Sept. 9, 2017. (Photo courtesy of Dale England and Lake Chelan Helicopters)

Current road closures include the Grade Creek Rd (from the intersection with FS 8200-117 (Oss Peak Rd) to the intersection with FS 4330-600 (South Fork Gold Creek Rd)/FS 8020 (Cooper Ridge Rd), South Fork Gold Creek Road 4330-600.

Trail closures include 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.

Uno Peak Fire on Sept. 9, 2017. (Photo courtesy of Dale England and Lake Chelan Helicopters)

(By Christine Eagar, as reported by NW Incident Management Team #10)

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