Fire burns in Cutthroat area




MAZAMA – U.S. Forest Service firefighters are battling a fire burning in heavy timber in the Cutthroat area about 13 miles west of town.

Smokejumpers, a 20-person crew, a large helicopter dropping water and an air tanker dropping retardant are assigned to the fire.

Six trails have been closed to public access because of the fast-moving fire. Closures affect Cutthroat Lake Trail and trailhead, Pacific Crest Trail from Rainy Pass to the junction of West Fork Methow Trail, Blue Lake Trail, Rainy Lake Trail, Maple Pass Trail and Bridge Creek trailhead where the Pacific Crest Trail crosses highway 20.

In addition, the Forest Service has closed Lone Fir Campground, Washington Pass Overlook and Forest Road No. 400, which accesses Cutthroat Lake Trailhead.

A lightning storm that swept over the area last weekend started 22 fires in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, most of which have been kept small in size. Most are less than a half-acre, forest officials said.

Forest visitors are reminded that fire danger is very high and campfire and woodcutting restrictions are currently in effect.



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