[9/2/16] Buck Creek Fire Estimated At 3,500 Acres- Saul Fire At 500 Acres
A dramatic turn in weather patterns will mean cooler and wetter conditions on both the Buck Creek and Saul fires over the next several days. For over a month, these naturally ignited fires have been burning almost completely inside the Glacier Peak Wilderness. The Buck Creek Fire is now approximately 3,500 acres in size, while the Saul Fire is approximately 500 acres.
While new fire growth may be limited, fire managers are continuing to actively monitor the healthy spread of these fires through reconnaissance flights as weather conditions allow. Hunters and other forest visitors wishing to access high elevation areas may still access the Boulder Pass area from White River. Other areas for high elevation hunters to consider in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest include the Chelan-Sawtooth and the Pasayten Wilderness areas.
As activity on these fires decreases going into fall, public information updates will become less frequent. For more information, contact the Wenatchee River Ranger District at 509-548-2550.
The Era of Megafires, a 60-minute, multi-media, traveling presentation hosted by Dr. Paul Hessburg will show at the Snowy Owl Theater in Leavenworth September 7 at 7:00 p.m.
Closures: Fire closures remain in effect for the Buck Creek Fire, which include all campgrounds and trailheads north of Schaefer Creek Campground on FS-6200. This includes the Buck Creek Trail No. 1513, Chiwawa River Trail No. 1550, Phelps Creek Trail No. 1511, Carne Mountain Trail No. 1508, Little Giant Pass Trail No. 1518, Rock Creek Trail No. 1509 and the Old Gib Trail No. 1528. Campgrounds that are closed include Phelps Creek, Alpine Meadows, Nineteen Mile and Atkinson Flat. Also closed is the Indian Creek Trail No. 1502.
Smoke: Some smoke may be noticeable in local valleys, including the communities of Plain and Lake Wenatchee, during the morning hours. As these fires continue to spread in the coming weeks, smoke may become noticeable in areas along the Wenatchee, Entiat, Chelan and Methow valleys. For more information on smoke and public health, please visit the State of Washington Department of Ecology website at: http://wasmoke.blogspot.com/