Manastash Ridge Fire Update Sunday September 08 2013
Incident: Manastash Ridge Fire Wildfire
Transfer of Command
Cle Elum Wash. – A transfer of command took place at 4:00 PM on Saturday. A smaller Type 3 team led by Incident Commander John Glondo took over management of the Manastash Ridge Fire. This team will oversee ongoing monitor and patrol operations as well as rehab of both dozer and hand line and the retrieval of fire suppression equipment within and near the fire perimeter. A 20 person hand crew from the Mt Hood National Forest remains assigned to the fire and will carry out these duties along with the Cle Elum Ranger District hand crew.
The 2352 acre fire is now at 40% containment. Although containment lines are constructed and some are being rehabbed the fire perimeter has not reached the lines on the northern and eastern flanks. These unburned fuels within the interior of the fire will continue to torch and put up smoke until snow falls on the fire area. Due to the hazards presented by unburned vegetation and snags the area remains unsafe for public entry.
Area trail and road closures in the vicinity of the fire remain in place to protect firefighter and public safety. These closures are being evaluated daily and will likely be relaxed in the next 5 days. The number one objective of this fire is to keep the public and firefighters safe. Details of the closure boundaries lists of closed roads and trails and relevant maps are available on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forests website. Only firefighters Forest Service or other agency personnel and law enforcement are allowed access to closure areas.
Fire danger remains high. Please check the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forests website for current campfire restrictions.
Manastash Ridge Fire Facts – Sunday September 8 2013 – 0900 HOURSFire Size: approximately 2 352 acres
Percent Contained: 40%
Evacuations: No homes or structures threatened.
Manastash Ridge Closures Summary: A detailed list of closures is available on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forests website. On the Cle Elum Ranger District the area closure prohibits being within the boundaries of the posted closure including Forest Service Road 3100 (Manastash Canyon Road) west of the Forest Boundary.
Fuels: Heavy ground and ladder fuels high elevation subalpine fir lodgepole pine and whitebark pine forest.
Crews: 1 Type II hand crew. Total Personnel: 50