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Most evacuation levels lowered, dropped for area fires

INCHELIUM – Firefighters battling the Summit Trail Fire west-northwest of town helped put out an apparently unrelated structure fire Aug. 29.

The structure fire occurred on Hall Creek Road just outside of the wildfire’s eastern flank and ignited a half-acre fire. Firefighters from Northwest Incident Management Team 7 helped the local fire department with containment.

On the main fire, the blaze was active on the north and northeast flanks, continuing to back toward containment lines. The fire broke the line on the northern edge, requiring a bulldozer and air resources to work on containment throughout the day.

As of Monday morning, Aug. 30, the fire had burned across 46,034 acres of land and was 52 percent contained.

Crews worked Sunday to secure direct and indirect lines. Mop-up work and patrolling continued around the south, southeast and west flanks.

Line reinforcement along Hall Creek was planned Monday. In areas without containment lines, the strategy was to build fire line as close to the fire’s edge as possible, said fire officials.

The National Guard continues to support firefighting crews.

Other fires in Okanogan and Ferry counties include:

Walker Creek

The fire, in the Bonaparte Lake area, has burned across 23,377 acres of land with 40 percent containment.

On Sunday, firefighters continued to build fire line in the northeastern portion of the fire and mopped up along the eastern perimeter, said Northwest Incident Management Team 12.

Firefighters continued to build fire line in the northeastern portion of the fire and mopped up along the eastern flank. Heavy helicopters dropped water to minimize fire behavior on spot fires that crossed the fire line in the south.

Some areas remain under Level 1 evacuation notices.

Bonaparte Lake, Summer, Diamond Belle and Bunch roads remain in effect, along with an area closure by the Colville National Forest.

Additional firefighting resources arrived Sunday to replace personnel and equipment that were demobilized so they could return home to rest and refurbish their equipment.

Officials said the incident command post in East Side Park, Omak, is closed to all but essential personnel to help ensure the health and safety of community members and firefighters.

Chickadee Creek

The blaze west of Tonasket on the west side of the Sinlahekin Valley was at 5,493 acres with 25 percent containment as of Monday morning, Aug. 30.

On Sunday, fire crews finished laying hose along the northern perimeter to allow water delivery to hot spots. A burnout was completed above the road on the eastern perimeter, said Northwest Incident Management Team 12.

Heavy helicopters dropped water along the eastern flank, too.

Muckamuck

The fire northwest of Conconully had burned across 13,119 acres of land as of Sunday morning, Aug. 29, and was 60 percent contained.

Northwest Interagency Incident Management Team 9, which is in charge of the fire fight, plans to continue mop-up and remove excess equipment. Suppression repair will continue.

A Level 3 evacuation notice remains in effect for the Salmon Meadows-Kerr area north of Conconully.

Cedar Creek

As of Monday morning, the fire west of Mazama and Winthrop had burned across 55,187 acres and was 87 percent contained.

Mop-up continued, with minimal fire spread, said the U.S. Forest Service. Hand crews are focusing on removing heat near structures and are using an infrared camera to assist them.

Hand lines put in to contain the fire are being repaired and excavators will work to repair bulldozer lines in some areas.

On Aug. 29, the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest updated closure orders for the Cedar Creek and Cub Creek 2 fires to reopen Goat Creek Road to Vanderpool Crossing, Rendezvous Road, Cub Creek Road to First Creek, Lightning Creek Trail, the western portion of Blue Buck Trail, Cutthroat Creek Trail, and the Early Winters, Klipchuck and Lone Fir campgrounds.

Cedar Creek, Driveway Butte, Lone Fir, Cutthroat and Wolf Creek trails remain closed.

All evacuation notifications have been dropped.

Cub Creek 2

The fire had burned across 70,186 acres of land as of Monday, Aug. 30, and was 70 percent contained.

Crews are using infrared cameras to find and remove remaining heat from the blaze north of Winthrop. Mop-up continues in the riparian corridor around Bud Creek.

Areas are being flagged for suppression repair. Excavators will repair bulldozer lines along the western edge of the fire, said the U.S. Forest Service.

All evacuation notices have been dropped.

Other fires

Delancy - The Delancy Fire north of Highway 20 and west of Mazama is being monitored aerially. It remains at 223 acres and 95 percent containment.

Nine Mile – 164 acres 4.5 miles south of Laurier in Ferry County; 100 percent contained.

Bulldog Mountain – 5,176 acres 20 miles north of Kettle Falls in Ferry County; 47 percent contained.

Mack Mountain – 1,233 acres 15 miles north of Kettle Falls in Ferry County; 30 percent contained.

Whitmore – 58,280 acres southeast of Omak-Okanogan on the Colville Indian Reservation; 75 percent contained.

Chuweah Creek – 36,752 acres east of Nespelem on the Colville Indian Reservation; 98 percent contained.

Upper Lime Creek – 376 acres six miles north of Keller; 75 percent contained.

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