Fire Crews Continue Battle For Norse Peak
If you think you're tired of the smoke, think about the crews that have been battling for several weeks now to extinguish the flames causing our summer of smoke.
Cooler fall temperatures have finally arrived, which should help us all breathe easier soon.
The fire area has now grown to 55,448 acres with the American, Norse Peak and now Sawmill fires making up now two separate north and south Norse Peak Fire zones. Containment for the area is only at 12%, but fire manager report that due to their efforts, still no structures have been damaged or destroyed.
Weather forecasts for the weekend have fire managers optimistic.
A storm system is expected to move into the area Sunday night and Monday and will bring a chance of precipitation to the region for the first time in over 90 days.
Highway 410 remains closed and, at this time, there is no projection date for it to re-open. SR 410 will remain closed from SR 123 to east of Bumping River Road. SR 410 on the west side of the Cascades and Highway 123 remains open.
Bumping River Road is closed.
Crystal Mountain Boulevard is closed.
The Pacific Crest Trail remains closed from White Pass to Snoqualmie Pass.
For hunting/fishing information and closures, please contact Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife at 360-902-2200.
- In Yakima County, there is a Level 3 Evacuation Order for Goose Prairie along Bumping River Road.
- In Pierce County, a Level 3 evacuation has been ordered for the Silver Creek, Deep Creek, Goat Creek, Alta Community, Pick Handle Basin, Gold Hill Community and the Crystal Mountain Ski Resort area. The designated areas and current awareness levels for each area are:
- Area 1: From Federation State Park eastbound SR 410 to Forest Service Road 70. This area has no fire danger advisory level.
- Area 2: Forest Service Rd 70 eastbound SR 410 to Forest Service road 73. This area is currently at a fire awareness advisory LEVEL 1.
- Area 3: Forest Service Rd 73 eastbound SR 410 to FS 7160 (Ranger Creek). This area is at fire danger advisory LEVEL 2.
- Area 4: FS 7160 eastbound to Crystal Mountain Blvd. to include the Crystal Mountain Resort. This area is still at a fire danger evacuation LEVEL 3.