Update 2 – October 29, 2022, Saturday
1015 PT: The SIOUXON FIRE is located in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest (USFS), about 13 miles northwest of Stabler, WA. There have been 2,359 acres of closed timber litter and timber consumed. There is still a 0% containment status.
Management was originally under the Rocky Mountain Complex IMT (CIMT) 3 which returned the command back over to the local unit, Gifford Pinchot National Forest this morning at 0700 MDT.
Rainy, cool weather is expected to continue into next week around the Goat Rocks, Siouxon, and Sunset fires. With the low probability of fire spread and difficulties completing repair work until after soils dry out, many resources are being released from the fires today and through the weekend.
The Goat Rocks, Siouxon and Sunset fires are still burning, including in logs, stumps, roots, and deep duff. Work will continue on the fires as needed and as the weather allows. A limited number of engines, crews, and other fire personnel will remain to conduct fire patrols and continue suppression, clean-up, and repair operations when and where it is safe to do so. Fire activity and smoke production will increase during warmer and drier weather and may be visible from Packwood and US 12. Additional resources will be assigned to the fire as needed to conduct fire suppression and repair work.
There is still 87 total personnel assigned along with one crew and two engines.
The SUNSET FIRE has lost 277 acres but has achieved a 31% containment status. There are seven people who still remain on the fire line. This fire is located eight miles east of Moulton, WA which ignited on October 16, 2022 from an undetermined cause. CTD: $98,000.
Both are showing limited fire activity with creeping and smoldering.
Update 1 – October 15, 2022, Saturday
1330 PT: The human-caused SIOUXON FIRE was due to an abandoned campfire on September 22, 2022, at 1830 hours PT. It would be well-established in the Siouxon drainage, as it spread into steep terrain and into the 2020 BIG HOLLOW FIRE burn scar.
Fire Fact | In the Northwest, there are 20 wildfires burning in both Washington and Oregon States. (6 additional wildfires have been detected since our original post)
The fire incident is located about 13 miles northwest of Stabler, Washington State in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.
At this current time, there is a total of eight personnel and two engines assigned to the incident under WA-GPF Forest Service Incident Commander Bellairs/Buettner (Trainee). Fire Officials will continue to monitor the fire daily and post road guards, as well as signage to keep the public safe.
About 437 acres of heavy timber and light slash have been destroyed.
The cost-to-date for fire suppression and containment efforts has reached $103,000.
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