Public Meeting Set For Tuesday As Norse Peak Jolly Mountain Fires Growing
As Firefighters continue fighting fires in Central Washington and smoke continues to fill the valley a public meeting is set for Tuesday at the Nile Valley Community Church to help answer questions from residents and property owners.
The Norse Peak fire burning near Clifdell continues to grow at 17, 279 acres. Firefighters say they're working to steer the fire’s eastern progress toward the Little Naches Road and keep it north of SR 410. The fire is currently 8% contained.
State Route 410 remains closed through Wednesday to ensure firefighter safety. There is no access to the cabins or campgrounds west of Bumping River Road to Chinook Pass. Fire and Washington Department of Transportation officials will reassess the situation Tuesday. The nearby American Fire also is keeping firefighters busy at 350 acres. Fire officials say the northern edge of the American Fire became more active during the weekend but air resources were able to check the fire’s spread using bucket drops.
A news release from the Norse Peak Fire Information Office says All facilities along Bumping River Road and the 1900 Road up to Kaner Flat Campground are under a Level 1 Evacuation Notice. This means residents are warned there is a potential threat to the area and they should make plans for possible evacuations. People under Level 1 notifications should monitor incident social media and local media outlets for more information.
There is a public meeting scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 5, from 6:30 to 7 p.m. at the Nile Valley Community Church (60 Bedrock Lane in Naches). Fire officials will provide an overview of fire activity and field questions from the public.
The Jolly Mountain fire near Cle Elum, which remains at 0% containment grew to 20,975 acres over the weekend. Firefighters are using burnouts in the Teanaway Community Forest to stop the spread of the fire near Roslyn. No areas are currently under evacuation.