Latest Fire Update (07-25-15): Wildhorse, Spur and Newby Lake Fires

TONASKET- Wildhorse and Spur Fires are all that remain from the 16 fires reported after last Sunday’s lightning storm. The remaining fires have been called out.  Wildhorse Fire, west of Summit Lake on Mt. Hull, is 162 acres and the Spur Fire, near Bonaparte Lake, is three acres.

A weather system is moving through the area and, while mop-up efforts are aided by the rain showers, the predicted gusty winds may test containment lines.

Firefighters on the Spur Fire are finishing mop-up, breaking down the spike camp and hauling out equipment.

At the current pace, Wildhorse Fire is expected to transition to a Type 4 organization on Tuesday. It is 60 percent contained and firefighters are strengthening containment lines by locating and mopping-up hotspots near the fire’s perimeter. Handheld infrared devices are aiding firefighters in locating heat sources.

An area and trail closure remains in place for the Wildhorse fire on National Forest lands west of Forest Road 3525. The closure map and fire perimeter maps, as well as photos and updates associated with the fires are available on Facebook and Twitter at www.facebook.com/OkaWenNF or @OkaWenN.

Newby Lake Final Update

Newby Lake Fire is 95 percent contained and in patrol status, where it will likely remain until fire season ends this year. Firefighters are returning command of the fire to the local Forest Service and Washington DNR units tomorrow morning. One local crew, and two engines remain to continue patrols.

There was very little wispy smoke visible from burning inside the fire perimeter yesterday afternoon and none visible along the eastern perimeter. Precipitation yesterday, today and forecast for tomorrow will further moderate fire activity.

No further updates about the Newby Lake fire are anticipated.

Closures: An area closure remains on lands managed by the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest and those managed by Washington Department of Natural Resources.  For the most up-to-date trail, road and campground closure information on National Forest and Washington DNR lands, please contact the appropriate land management agency or visit their websites

Washington DNR: www.dnr.wa.gov/managed-lands/forest-and-trust-lands/loomis-and-loup-loup-state-forests

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest: www.fs.usda.gov/okawen/.

 

About Shannon O'Brien

Shannon O'Brien is a U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman for the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest

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