UPDATE 1 — JULY 24, 2021 — SATURDAY — 2130 HOURS PT

Incident Summary

The CUB CREEK 2 FIRE started on July 16, 2021, around 1327 hours PT, is burning about five miles north of Winthrop, Washington on Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest lands.

Additional fire has burned about 640 acres on private land, along with 687 acres on State lands, along with 173 acres on Fish and Wildlife. Forest land has lost 39,377 acres.

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Credit — Cub Creek Fire FB Page


The cause is unknown and under investigation.


The fire is being managed by the a CA IMT Team 1 on July 23, 2021. The Incident Commander is Jerry McGowen.


There are 553 total personnel with 13 crews and 23 engines.

Incident Cooperators include WA DNR, Okanogan County Fire District #6, Okanogan County, WSP, WSDOT, OCEC, City of Winthrop, City of Twisp and WA State Parks.

Current Status

Fire behavior is moderate with backing, torching and flanking. It has burned about 42,785 acres of timber and brush. The Fire is now at a 10% containment status.

Fire Operations

Modest growth on the east flank as the fire burns through jackpots of heavy dead & down fuel from the 2006 Tripod Fire. Fire is backing and flanking, with occasional torching and short crown runs.

Significant activity overnight in the Eight Mile Creek drainage between the 2018 McLeod Fire and the 2014 Upper Falls Creek Fire. Northerly spread from the west flank is blocked by these previous fires, which are currently checking fire behavior.

Greatest risk of spread is to the south toward Cub Creek, since there has been no recent fire history there. Fortunately, the Cub Creek 2 Fire is somewhat sheltered from northern winds.

Damage Assessments

Three structures have been lost. The total CTD is $3.8 Million Dollars.

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