Firefighters on the Moore Point Fire have been release after a successful weekend of mop up operations around the private residences within the fire perimeter. Forest Service and Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Fire Managers will join efforts to patrol the fire edge along the private property as well as monitor the fire within the Lake Chelan Sawtooth Wilderness by aerial support.
At 1,538 acres and 40% contained, the fire continues to exhibit smoldering and creeping activity as interior islands of fuel continue to burn.
“We have concentrated our suppression efforts on the areas our firefighters could access safely,” explains Chad Schmidt, Assistant Fire Manger for the Chelan Ranger District. “The shores of Lake Chelan are challenging to fight fire on. They are steep, rocky, and have very limited access.”
Schmidt describes the management plan for the Moore Point Fire as similar to that being carried out on the 2,098 acre 25 Mile Fire located roughly fifteen miles southeast from Moore Point Fire area.
“We will continue to monitor these fires until the area receives a high amount of rain or snow,” Schmidt says.
Smoke from the fire will remain visible from Lake Chelan as well as from portions of the Stehekin Valley. The Stehekin community is not threatened.
Level II evacuation notices remain in place for the homes identified in and around the fire area until further notice.
Closures remain in place for the Moore Point Campground, and the Meadow Creek Shelter along Lake Chelan. Trails affected by the Moore Point Fire include the Lakeshore Trail #1274 from Prince Creek to Flick Creek, Moore Point Trail (#1247.1) , North Fork of Fish Creek Trail (#1248.1), Fish Creek Trail (#1245), and the Horton Butte Trail (#1250.01). These trails are posted closed to public access due to the fire danger.
Forest Service Fire Personnel are doing reconnaissance flights over the Chelan Ranger District for any fires that may have started from Sunday’s lightning storm.
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