Incident Commander: Dave Leitch

Sunday, August 10, 2014 @ 9AM


Little Bridge Creek Fire map, Aug. 10

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This morning firefighters are planning a controlled burn on the northeast side of the Little Bridge Creek Fire. The burn will occur on the south side of Thompson Ridge above Cabin and Sheep Creeks as soon as the vegetation is dry enough. The blackened area will provide an anchor point from which suppression can be taken. Information Officers will again be in the Twisp and Winthrop area today to provide information about the Little Bridge Creek, Carlton Complex, and Upper Falls Fires.

Temperatures will be warmer today as a high pressure area strengthens across the region. A storm system will be moving into the area on Monday night which will bring a chance of thunderstorms, cooler temperatures and gusty winds.

The Little Bridge Creek Fire started at approximately 6:30 pm on Saturday, August 2, on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, 10 miles west of Winthrop, Washington. The fire was likely caused by lightning. Washington Incident Management Team Five (WIMT#5) assumed command of the fire at 6:00 am on Monday, August 4. The fire is currently 10% contained.

Infrared data collected last night indicates the fire is now approximately 3,734 acres. The fire is located between Canyon Creek and Little Bridge Creek, with the exception of one small spot just across the upper end of Little Bridge Creek. Yesterday fire crews burned out approximately 60 acres in the area around Cow Creek and Forest Service Road 100. Two light helicopters are assigned to the fire, additional aircraft are being borrowed from nearby fires. The helicopters are dropping water on the fire throughout the day to slow the spread on both sides of the fire.

Operations personnel continue to construct indirect line in appropriate locations between the fire and structures and infrastructure. Two structural groups continue to assess and prepare for structural protection efforts, should they be needed. An Initial Attack Group is prepared to address any new fires should they occur.

No structures or infrastructure are immediately threatened. No Level 2 or Level 3 evacuation notices exist for this fire. Level 1 notification remains in place for the Pine Forest and Sun Mountain areas, and an additional Level 1 notification is in place for Twisp River Road above Elbow Coulee.