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Uno Peak Fire north of Lake Chelan grows to 400 acres; dozer work begins

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Smoke moves down lake from the Uno Peak Fire 15 miles northwest of Manson, WA on August 31, 2017. (Credit: USFS)

UPDATE – September 1, 2017 

  • Containment: 0%
  • Acres: 400
  • Start Date: August 30, 2017 
  • Cause: Unknown
  • Location: 15 miles NW of Manson, WA
  • Personnel: 30
  • Fuels/Topography: Timber, grass, rugged terrain

Yesterday: Fire managers utilized helicopters and air tankers to slow fire spread to the south. Both retardant and water drops were used.

Uno Peak Fire at sunset on August 31, 2017. (Photo by David Donovick)

Today: Fire crews will continue preparing forest roads to stop potential new fire growth to the south. Additionally, dozers are working to construct fire line on adjacent ridges of the fire. With continued hot, dry conditions the fire may continue to actively spread in steep and rugged terrain. A Type 2 Incident Management Team has been ordered and will arrive today.

Closures: Due to public safety concerns the area around the fire is closed to entry including the Summer Blossom and Safety Harbor Trailheads and the South Navarre, Safety Harbor and Deer Point Campgrounds.

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

Fire Information:
Inciweb: inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5572/
Text Message: text “follow UnoPeakFire” to 40404
Facebook: facebook.com/UnoPeakFire
Twitter: twitter.com/UnoPeakFire
#UnoPeakFire #WaWildfire

The Uno Peak Fire is located about 15 miles northwest of Manson, WA and is estimated to be approximately 50 acres in size. Firefighters are responding with smokejumpers, air tankers, and helicopters. (Map courtesy of US Forest Service)

Uno Peak Fire in the Lake Chelan area being met with fire response from ground and air

UPDATE – August 31, 2017 – 5:45 p.m.

The Uno Peak Fire is now 100 acres in size. A Type 2 Incident Management team has been ordered. Full details are at inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5572/.

Original Report – August 31, 2017

Residents in the Lake Chelan Valley noticed smoke coming from an remote area further up-lake as early as Wednesday evening, August 30, 2017. The smoke plume was more visible from the communities of Manson and Chelan by Thursday morning, reportedly coming from the North Shore of Lake Chelan, in the area of Safety Harbor. The U.S. Forest Service confirmed by early Thursday morning that they were looking into the reports of the fire somewhere between Little Goat Mountain and Big Goat Mountain.

The Forest Service provided an update by midday on Thursday, saying that firefighters are responding to the new wildfire in the Uno Peak area located 15 miles northwest of Manson, WA. The Uno Peak Fire is estimated to be approximately 50 acres in size.

View of the Uno Peak Fire smoke plume from the Twenty-Five Mile Creek area on August 31, 2017. (Photo courtesy of Cheryl Burke)

At this time, fire managers are utilizing smokejumpers as well as air tankers and helicopters to respond. These resources are coming for the Diamond Creek Fire and Jolly Mountain Fire in North Central Washington.

Due to public safety concerns, the area around the fire is now closed to entry including the Summer Blossom and Safety Harbor Trailheads and the South Navarre Campground.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. No structures are threatened at this time. The map location is approximate and will be updated as better information becomes available.

View of the Uno Peak Fire smoke plume from Manson on Thursday, August 31. Courtesy of Manson Volunteer Fire Department)

(By Christine Eagar)

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