Rain, cooler temperatures aid in fire fight

A bird's eye view of the Crescent Mountain and McLeod fires.

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A bird's eye view of the Crescent Mountain and McLeod fires.



TWISP – Rain last weekend and forecasts for cooler temperatures and higher humidity recovery are helping firefighters get a handle on three wildfires in the western part of Okanogan County.

As of Monday, Sept. 17, the Crescent Mountain Fire was 75 percent contained at 51,931 acres, said the U.S. Forest Service. The lightning-caused blaze began July 29 about 21 miles west of Twisp in the Twisp River drainage.

The McLeod Fire, at 22,898 acres, was 86 percent contained. The blaze, touched off by lightning Aug. 11, is eight miles north of Mazama.

A third fire, Holman, has burned across 302 acres with no containment, although it has not grown in size in several weeks. It was reported Aug. 17; the cause is unknown.

As of Monday, 491 firefighters and support personnel were assigned to all three blazes, the Forest Service said.

For the Crescent and McLeod fires, crews continue to repair damage caused by firefighting operations. A third of the repair target has been completed for Crescent Mountain, while McLeod repair is at 10 percent.

“The intent of suppression repair is to minimize soil erosion and restore damaged ecological functions to conditions that existed before the incident,” said the Forest Service.

The Pacific Crest Trail remains closed from Hart’s Pass north to Woody Pass. A detour for hikers to reach the Canadian border from Slate Pass is available on trails 575, 478 and 473.



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