The human-caused Goat Fire was first detected on September 16th. It quickly spread despite quick initial attack with aerial resources. The terrain includes rugged, rocky cliffs bordered by a community of homes near Alta Lake in north central Washington. It was originally included as part of the Okanogan Complex, and is now being managed separately by Washington Interagency Management Team 5. Washington Team 5 will transfer command of fire management operations back to the USFS Ranger District and the DNR on Saturday, September 29, at 6AM.
|Date of Origin||Sunday September 16th, 2012 approx. 03:06 AM|
|Location||3 miles SW of Pateros, WA|
|Incident Commander||Dave Leitch|
|Estimated Containment Date||Tuesday October 02nd, 2012 approx. 12:00 AM|
Timber with grass and brush understory
Creeping and smoldering with single and group tree torching in interior unburned islands and timbered stringers.
Good progress was made on holding recent burnout areas, mop-up, and suppression rehab. The Level 2 Evacuation Notice was dropped to a level 1 Notice for residences in the Antoine Creek and Spray Canyon/Quiet Valley vicinity and in the Alta lake area. No Level 2 Evacuation Notices remain with respect to the Goat Fire.
For 9/27 night operations continue protection of critical communication sites and structures along Antoine Creek, Spray Canyon/Quiet Valley, and Alta Lake area. For 9/28 day operations, continue to assist Initial Attack as needed. In all areas of the fire continue to hold control lines, mop up, patrol, and rehabilitate disturbed areas. Continue with protection of critical communication sites and residences in the Antoine Creek and Spray Canyon/Quiet Valley vicininty and in the Alta Lake area.
Transfer of command to a Type 4 organization is scheduled to occur on Saturday, 9/29, at 0600.