Saturday, August 16, 2014
Lone Mountain 1 Fire is burning in the North Cascades National Park northeast of the community of Stehekin. The fire was started by lightning on July 14th. The fire is burning in steep and remote country of the Stephen Mather Wilderness.
The fire is being managed by Michael Vasquez, Type 3 Wildland Fire Management Team.
The North Cascades National Park, Fire District #10, and the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest have selected a point protection and modified suppression strategy to manage this fire.
The Golden West Visitor Center and all services in Stehekin are open and operational. Boulder Creek Trail and War Creek Trails are closed to the public until further notice. This fire is not affecting the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT).
Recent rain (Aug 13 and 14) allowed firefighters to reduce staffing on the Lone Mountain Fire. With an inch and a half falling in two days, Michael Vasquez’s fire-fighting team is downsizing as appropriate.
Cooler, damper conditions from the rain limited the fire to smoldering. A drying trend, starting Aug 16, will probably cause fire activity to increase. Heat can remain in dead trees and forest debris for a long time, and reignite when dry weather returns.Type 1 Wildland Fire Modules are assigned to the fire specifically to conduct monitoring and point protection. Reconnaissance flights and helicopter water bucket work are being conducted as needed to monitor and manage the fire.
During a month of active burning on the 2,770 acre Lone Mountain Fire, firefighters held the fire away from the Stehekin community and out of the Twisp River drainage, while allowing it to create a mosaic of burned and unburned areas in the high mountains. Contact Lone Mountain Fire Information: Public Information Officer: Rob Deyerberg in Stehekin (509) 699-2080, ext.16 – Leave message for Rob if no one answers) or Lonemountainfire@gmail.com
For the latest fire information for all fires in Washington and elsewhere, go to: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/49/