UPDATE 5 | JULY 30, 2021

The CEDAR CREEK FIRE started on July 8, 2021 that was sparked from lightning in the early hours.

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.

Credit | USFS

The VARDEN FIRE merged into the Cedar Creek Fire, while the DELANCY FIRE has burned separately in this incident. This is not a Complex.

Both the Cedar Creek and Delancy Fires are burning on Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest lands in steep and rocky terrain with heavy dead and down heavy fire fuels.

The CEDAR CREEK FIRE is 41,142 acres with a 11% containment.

Hwy 20 Operations: Crews working along the highway in the Early Winter Creek area are making great progress today and yesterday. Fire Managers expected to divert resources to other areas of the incident.

Free Stone area — Fire crews continued to work in the in the area where active fire was observed. Fire has been reported as backing down towards the road and to use it as a fire break.

Little Wolf creek, Little Bridge Creek and Thompson Ridge areas — Crews worked to strengthen control features in hope of a burn out, which will stop the forward progression of the fire. Projected fire lines are due to tie in with the old Little Bridge Fire burn scar. This will create a barrier between active fire and the Twisp River.

Structure protection — is one of the Fire Managers key focus. On the way to a successful suppression and containment path, Managers are using assets, such as strike teams (State and Local) of engines by patrolling residences along the fire perimeter.

Damage Assessment — 533 homes are under threat, while two other structures were destroyed. CTD has reached $12.4 Million. Estimated containment is October 31, 2021.

The DELANCY FIRE is 223 acres. No increased fire behavior has been observed.

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

Resources — The are 689 total personnel along with 14 crews, 11 copters and 53 engines. Lead Agency is the USDA Forest Service.

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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