WA | Winthrop Fires | 6

UPDATE 6 | AUGUST 6, 2021

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

Our hotshot crew just finished hand ignition along the Thompson Ridge below Gobblers Knob, from the 4410 road across the 500 road. This is to create a black line more slowly. Crews and engines are deployed along the 4410 road to hold the fire.
Credit | USFS

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.

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 52,858 acres and has a 26% containment status. It is located about 15 miles northwest of Winthrop, Washington. Fire behavior is active with single-torching, uphill runs and flanking.

The DELANCY FIRE remains at 223 acres. No increased fire behavior has been observed but is still under monitoring by Fire Managers watching over the primary main wildfire, the Cedar Creek Fire. It is located about four miles west of Mazama, Washington.

Crews are almost done with being tasked with wood chipping and removing hazard trees.

Resources are mainly on the Cedar Creek Fire which include:

  • Fire Managers: Great Basin IMT Team
  • 897 fire personnel
  • (1) 86-line supervisor and support personnel
  • (3) Type 1 hotshot crew
  • (10) Type 2 copters
  • (2) Type 1 IAA hotshot crews
  • (2) Camp crews
  • (6) Type 1 heavy copter
  • (1) Type 2 copters
  • (2) type 3 copters
  • 68 engines
  • (6) dozers
  • (5) tactical water tenders
  • 24 water tenders
  • (1) masticator
  • (3) skidgens
  • (3) excavators
  • (8) faller bunches

TFR — in effect over the fire area. Know before you fly and remember that if you are flying, air resources cannot fly due to possible mid-air collisions and the danger presented for air and ground personnel and equipment. AVOID THE AREA.

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 

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

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