WA’s Schneider Springs Fire

Wednesday Update – August 25, 2021

The SCHNEIDER SPRINGS FIRE is burning about 18 miles northwest of Naches, Washington on Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest lands, which has consumed a total of 71,907 acres of timber, brush and short grass.

The lightning-caused fire started on August 4, 2021 and has quickly spread over thousands of acres of land, threatening structures and forcing mandatory evacuations. This has also been concerns for fire managers for vital infrastructure that also may be threatened.

View of Bumping River with firefighter in far in the background
Credit | USFS

To assist with fire suppression and containment, there are 530 total personnel along with 12 crews, 38 engines, six dozers, nine aircraft resources and 17 other pieces of heavy equipment.

Crews have reached a difficult three-percent containment status but they are slowly making progress on this stubborn fire. Behavior has been observed as active with flanking, back and torching. It said to be burning deep down in several canyons too dangerous for crews to follow and attempt to contain.

LEVEL 3 EVACUATIONS (GO NOW)

  • Bumping River Road from north to south

LEVEL 2 EVACUATIONS (GET SET)

  • Hwy 410 from Bumping River Road to US12

LEVEL EVACUATIONS (GET READY)

  • US12 at Hwy 410 west to Tieton Reservoir Road

Current Restrictions include no flying of drones in the fire zone(s).

There has been no structures destroyed but the total cost-to-date for fire suppression and containment cost-to-date has risen to $12.4 Million Dollars.

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