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Uno Peak Fire grows to 2,511 acres under continued critical fire weather; two areas at Level 1 evacuation notice

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Two helicopters continued to drop water on the Safety Harbor drainage to slow fire growth. (Photo courtesy of Uno Peak Fire Incident Command)

PUBLIC MEETING at 6:30 p.m. at Manson High School this Wednesday, Sep 6, 2017.

UPDATE Monday September 4, 2017

On Sunday, September 3, 2017, the fire continued to spread into the Safety Harbor drainage which prompted the initiation of a Level 1 Evacuation Notice (prepare and be aware) for two private inholdings along Lake Chelan, the Llama Ranch area to the south and Canoe Creek to the north, which the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office implemented yesterday. The fire remains approximately three miles from these areas.

Two helicopters continued to drop water on the Safety Harbor drainage to slow fire growth. An intensive effort with four dozers and four hand crews continued to build and strengthen the containment line down Coyote Ridge to prevent fire spread to the east.

  • Fire: Uno Peak Completion: 1% 
  • Acres: 2,511 
  • Start Date: August 30, 2017 
  • Cause: Unknown 
  • Location: 15 miles NW of Manson, WA 
  • Total Personnel: 166 
  • Fuels/Topography: Timber, grass, rugged terrain

Today, crews will continue to work on establishing and strengthening the containment line. To increase productivity and firefighter safety by reducing travel to and from the fire, crews in two divisions will stay in a “spike camp” at the fire near Coyote Ridge.

Fire weather conditions are at critical levels. Humidity recovery was poor last night and relative humidity will be low again today. Temperatures are forecasted for the mid-90s and atmospheric instability high. This, along with fuel moisture levels at a seasonal low, can lead to explosive fire conditions. Recreationists should exercise extreme caution with anything that may potentially produce an ignition source.

Smoke will stay in the valleys in the morning due to an air inversion that will left later in the day, After the inversion lifts, expect smoke to continue to drift down Lake Chelan and over the Waterville Plateau and maybe highly visible from the communities of Manson, Chelan, Pateros, and Twisp. Businesses in the Chelan area remain open. More information about smoke and your health is available at wasmoke.blogspot.com/

There are no changes in the areas closed have been made. The 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.

More fire Information can be found at Inciweb: inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5572/

Daily Forest Wildfire Updates, Acreage, Closures and Maps:

1. Chelan Area: Uno Peak Fire inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5572/
2. Cle Elum Area: Jolly Mountain Fire inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5496/
3. Leavenworth Area: Jack Creek Fire inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5581/
4. Naches Area: Norse Peak Fire inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5509/
5. Methow Area: Diamond Creek Fire inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5409/

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(Reported by Incident Commander Al Lawson, NW Incident Management Team #10) 

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