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Uno Fire Fire grows to 2,200 acres under critical fire weather; spreads to bottom of Safety Harbor drainage

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Critical fire weather conditions lead to active spread and a large smoke column on the Uno Peak Fire as seen from Holden Mine on September 2, 2017. (Photo Credit: Matt Slosar)

Update – September 3, 2017 – 5:30 p.m.

Canoe Creek and Llama Ranch are now LEVEL 1 Evacuation Notice. This means that fire is in your area and you need to be alert. 

Update September 3, 2017 – 9 a.m.

On Saturday, September 2, due to critical fire weather the Uno Peak Fire and nearby Ferry Peak Fire actively spread to the bottom of the Safety Harbor drainage but did not cross to the southern side of the canyon. Fire managers continued to utilize water drops throughout the day to slow fire growth while hotshots and other ground resources improved control lines to the southeast.

Read Report from Saturday, Sep. 2, 2017 – Crews work to halt 900-acre Uno Peak Fire to the south; dry weather continues

“This weather and terrain is extremely hazardous to our firefighters,” said Kari Grover-Wier, Chelan District Ranger. “With limited options for safe direct attack, we are working hard to improve lines that will hold the fire at Coyote Ridge.”

Potentially record high temperatures and low humidity on Sunday could continue to drive active fire growth in the Safety Harbor Creek area. Crews and helicopters will continue to limit new growth to the southeast. The fire remains 15 air miles from the community of Manson, WA.

  • Completion: 0%
  • Acres: 2,200
  • Cause: Unknown
  • Location: 15 miles NW of Manson, WA
  • Total Personnel: 120
  • Fuels/Topography: Timber, grass, rugged terrain

Smoke is anticipated to drift down Lake Chelan and over the Waterville Plateau and will be visible from the communities of Manson, Chelan, Pateros, and Twisp. More information about smoke and your health is available at wasmoke.blogspot.com/.

However, all businesses in the Chelan and Manson area remain open and ready for business.

An area closure remains in place for the vicinity of the fires. Specifically, Grade Creek Road (From the intersection with FS 8200-117 (Oss Peak Road) to the intersection with FS 4330-600 (South Fork Gold Creek Road)/FS 8020 (Cooper Ridge Road) is now closed. Trail closures include the Uno Peak Trail, Safety Harbor Trail, Summit Trail (From South Navarre Campground to junction with FS Trail 1258) and Summer Blossom. The Deer Point and Safety Harbor Campgrounds are also closed.

(Courtesy of Uno Peak Fire Facebook Page and Incident Command)

(By Christine Eagar, as reported by Uno Peak Fire Incident Command)

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