UPDATE 4 — JULY 26, 2021 — 2000 HOURS PT — MONDAY


July 27, 2021 — 1800 hours PT — Mack Lloyd Park, Winthrop, Washington

July 28, 2021 — 1800 hours PT — Twisp River Park, 325 N. Lincoln St., Twisp, Washington

Cedar Creek Fire. Credit: USFS


The CEDAR CREEK FIRE started on Sunday, July 11, 2021 around 0545 hours in the early morning, when multiple wildfires were sparked by lightning in the Methow Alley (Okanogan County) on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Fires.

Three wildfires escaped initial attack and causing the naming of three incidents: Cedar Creek, Varden Fires and the Delancy Fires. Varden Fire merged into the Cedar Creek incident early stages of the fire.

It is now the Cedar Creek Fire only with command also reporting/fighting the Delancy Fire. The IMT is also managing the Cub Creek 2 Fire.

Cause was determined to be lightning.


It is located about 15 miles northwest of Winthrop and four miles WSW of Mazama, Washington.


Cedar Creek Fire — 24,647 acres. 11% contained. The amount of acreage burned increased by 2,000 more of timber burned inside the fire perimeter. Total CTD for fire suppression and containment efforts have reached $8.4 Million with no structures lost.

Fire behavior is still active with short crown runs, flanking and with short-range spotting.

Delancy Fire — 223 acres. This fire is also in the same location as the Cedar Creek Fire. Fire fuels are timber, medium slash and short grass. Fire behavior has been observed as moderate with flanking, backing and single tree torching. Damage assessment for this incident have topped out at $300,000 to-date.


There are a total of fire personnel – 535: 3 – type 1 hotshot crews, 5 – type 2 hand crews, 2 – camp crews, 4 – type 1 (heavy) helicopters, 1 – type 2 helicopter, 2 – type 3 helicopter, 55 – engines, 5 – dozers, 16 – water tenders,1 – masticator, 1 – skidgen, 3 – skidders, 1 – excavator, 4 – feller bunchers, 1 – Aerial Supervision Module, and 151 overhead.


Command is under the direction of IC Stock with the NW Team 8, a Type 2 IMT of both wildfires Cedar Creek and Delancy Fires.


Hashtags — #MazamaFires2021 #cedarcreekfire #delancyfire #WAwildfires #FireSeason2021


Smoke Forecast — via Inciweb —  https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/photos/WAOWF/2021-07-12-1429-Varden-Fire/related_files/pict20210622-095718-0.pdf

Smoke Blog — https://wasmoke.blogspot.com/

Highway Information — https://www.wsdot.com/traffic/trafficalerts/default.aspx

Evacuations — Okanogan County, Washington — For the Cedar Creek, Delancy and Cub Creek 2 Fires https://www.okanogancounty.org/government/emergeny_management/index.php

Wildfire Preparedness — Methow Conservancy– https://methowconservancy.org/discover/fire-prep-recovery%20

House Assessment –Wildfire ready Neighbors — https://wildfireready.dnr.wa.gov/

Emergency Alert Sign-ups — Okanogan County government —  https://www.okanogancounty.org/government/emergency_management/index.php  

National Forest Closures — Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest – –inciweb.nwcg.gov/photos/WAOWF/2021-07-12-1429-Varden-Fire/related_files/pict20210618-090120-0.pdf 

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