Rain, Low Temps Lending Big Hand to Firefighters
Hard work by firefighters has resulted in almost 50% containment on the Schneider Springs Fire. More than 400 people and resources remain on the fire lines of the Schneider Springs Fire. That's down from nearly 700 a month ago but the fight continues Today. Not a lot of growth overnight of the fire but more containment.
FIREFIGHTERS SAY CONTAINMENT IS NOW AT 47%
Officials with the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest say the fire was 43% contained on Sunday. Monday's containment number is 47% at 107,115 acres. A press release from the national forest says firefighters are taking advantage of the low temps and rain.
"Increased cloud cover, cooler temperatures, higher humidity and wind are forecast for the fire area through Wednesday but minimal rainfall is expected. Around the western flank, crews will continue to monitor the fire’s movement.
SO FAR NO HOMES OR CABINS HAVE BEEN LOST
Firefighters will provide structure protection, conduct mop-up and back haul equipment along Bumping River Road. They will monitor fire activity on American Ridge, keep evaluating the protection measures in place around the ski lodge and provide structure protection along SR 410 as needed. Fire managers also plan to bring in tree fellers to mitigate dangerous snags along the American River. From Swamp Creek to the eastern edge of the wilderness, crews will strengthen containment lines by grinding, shredding and chopping debris with masticating equipment. In the Cliffdell area, firefighters will mop-up 150 feet around structures where safe to do so and continue chipping debris along the 250 and 1600 Roads. On the fire’s southern edge, crews will disperse piles of chips from previous line construction work and continue chipping debris on Bethel Ridge Road. The suppression repair crews will work on the 1500, 1600, 1706, 1709 and Indian Creek Roads with the goal of restoring these routes so crews can gain access and for winter recreation in the area."
HUNDREDS STILL REMAIN ON FIRE LINES
There's a lot of people and resources on the fire but the number is shrinking. The number is currently 439 which includes;
Crews (10); Engines (2); Dozers (2); Air Resources (2); Other Heavy Equipment (14)
The helicopters dumping water on the fire are based at the Yakima Airport and fly to and from the airport during the day for refueling.
Closures: Closures on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest lands remain in effect. More information can be found at: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/7775/. Washington Dept. of Natural Resources (WADNR) lands continue to have restrictions on campfires. As of September 16, WADNR managed lands outside the fire area are open. For more information: https://tinyurl.com/WADNR-lands-reopen.
Firefighters are hoping for full containment by October 1 but the fight continues until that date.