#TableMountain #WAFire 10/5 Final Update ^MARH

A Type 3 IMT (IC Mike Starkovich) will assume command of the Table Mountain fire incident at 6:00 a.m. Saturday, 10/6. This page will no longer be updated.

Current fire information is available in the following places:

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#TableMountain #WAFire 10/5 Morning Update ^MARH

This information also available at: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/article/3269/18051/

Spanish translation: Table Mountain Fire Información del Incendio (PDF 114 Kb): http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/photos/WAOWF/2012-09-16-22:47-table-mountain-complex/related_files/ftp-20121005-121141.pdf

Contact: Public Information Office – 206-947-9705 (Hours of Operation: 7:00 AM – 9:00 PM)

Friday, October 5, 2012 – 9:00 AM PDT Fire Status Update

Size: 42,312 acres

Contained: 95%

Personnel: 803

NEWS AND EVENTS:

  • A type 3 Incident Management Organization lead by Incident Commander Mike Starkovich will take command of the fire on Saturday morning. Table Mountain Fire information updates will be provided intermittently on an as needed basis.
  • Please call 206-947-9705 for current information and media inquiries. The previous information phone number 206-977-9737 will no longer be used.
  • No significant growth on the fire is expected and many crews and resources have been released. However, approximately 160 firefighters (4 crews,10 engines, 4 water tenders and 2 dozers) will remain working on the fire until further notice. They will continue mop up operations/patrol and rehabilitation of areas effected by fire suppression.
  • Although smoke from the Table Mountain Fire continues to diminish, current weather conditions are keeping smoke from other fires in the area. For more information regarding Air Quality, refer to the following websites: http://wasmoke.blogspot.com and http://www.ecy.wa.gov
  • Ongoing forest closures will continue to effect hunters. Some information is available below, but hunters, residents and visitors are encouraged to check out the interactive map on the Kittitas County website, http://www.co.kittitas.wa.us.

FIRE OPERATIONS SUMMARY:

  • Crews will continue to strengthen control lines, patrol, and mop up hot spots near the perimeter.
  • Rehabilitation will carry on in areas damaged by fire suppression activities. Exterior contingency lines will be assessed for rehabilitation and additional construction equipment has been ordered.
  • The emphasis will be on safety as crews from the type 1 team transition with the type 3 team. Roads could have more traffic due to backhauling of fire equipment and residents returning to their homes.
  • Initial attack crews continue to be staged and are ready to respond to any new fire starts in the area.

CLOSURES AND RESTRICTIONS:

  • For both sides of the Cascades, DNR has extended the statewide burn ban on all DNR-protected lands; the ban is in effect through October 15, 2012, and includes all forestlands in Washington, except for federal lands.
  • On Wednesday, level 1 & 2 notifications were removed for the US 97 corridor from the Lauderdale Junction to Mineral Springs, including the Liberty Cafe area on both sides of the highway.
  • The town of Liberty remains under a Level 2 evacuation notification, which restricts access to local traffic and residents only. This includes the town of Liberty, Liberty Road, Pine Gulch Road, Red Top Road, Williams Creek Road, Harkness Road, Cougar Gulch Road, Boulder Creek Road and the Liberty Mountain Association.
  • All Level 2 & 3 notifications have been removed for the southern foothills area (north of Ellensburg), including Elk Springs Rd., Upper Green Canyon Rd, Wilson Creek Rd., Reecer Creek Rd, and Robbins Rd. There are no evacuations in this area; however, road closures will remain in effect at the southern boundary line of the forest lands.
  • The Washington Department of Natural Resources reopened all state lands to the east of Coleman Canyon Road to the intersection of Naneum Ridge Road, including the areas of Coleman, Rue, Cooke, Four Corners (not near Bee Hive Mountain), Jumpoff, Pole Flats and Stemilt Basin.
  • The Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest east of US 97 to the Naneum State Forest will remain closed. For more information, please visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/okawen.
  • Some local road closures remain in effect. For road closure information please visithttp://www.wsdot.wa.gov/ or call 511.

WEATHER OUTLOOK: Continued cold and dry air from Canada with increasing winds. The inversion will not likely lift until early afternoon.

FIRE FACTS:

Table Mountain Fire: Started: September 8, 2012 Cause: lightning Location: Cle Elum, WA/Kittitas County Resources: 17 crews, 4 helicopters, 48 engines, 5 dozers, 18 water tenders.

COOPERATING AGENCIES & PARTNERS: Washington Department of Natural Resources, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Kittitas County Fire Districts #1, #2, #7, Kittitas County Sheriff, Yakima County Sheriff, and the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.

TABLE MOUNTAIN FIRE WEBSITES:

E-mail: TableMtComplex@gmail.com

Please note the following social media sites will not be updated after Friday, Oct 5, 2012:

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#TableMountain #WaFire Severe fire conditions we have not seen in our lifetime ^CM

Washington State Department of Natural Resources

Ear To The Ground Post

Includes a Fire Prevention Guide.

http://washingtondnr.wordpress.com/2012/10/04/severe-fire-conditions-we-have-not-seen-in-our-lifetime/

Firefighter using a backfire technique at Table Mountain Fire. Photo: Diana Lofflin, DNR.

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#TableMountain #WAFire 10/4 Morning Update ^MARH

This information also available at: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/article/3269/18051/

Spanish translation: Table Mountain Fire Información del Incendio (PDF 155 Kb): http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/photos/WAOWF/2012-09-16-22:47-table-mountain-complex/related_files/ftp-20121004-130547.pdf

Contact: Public Information Office – 206-947-9705 or 206-947-9737 (Hours of Operation: 7:00 AM – 9:00 PM)

Thursday October 4, 2012 – 9:00 am PDT Fire Status Update

Size: 42,312 acres

Containment: 90%

Personnel: 989

UPDATED NEWS AND RESTRICTIONS

  • On Wednesday a community meeting was held in the town of Liberty. Fire officials talked to community members about the status of the fire, rehabilitation plan and upcoming transition to a local Type 3 Incident Management Team. Evacuations in the community were reduced to a Level 2 which restricts access to local traffic and residents only.
  • All Level 2 & 3 notifications have been removed for the southern foothills area (north of Ellensburg), including Elk Springs Rd., Upper Green Canyon Rd, Wilson Creek Rd., Reecer Creek Rd, and Robbins Rd. There are no evacuations in this area; however, road closures will remain in effect at the southern boundary line of the forest lands.
  • Level 1 & 2 notifications have been removed for US 97 corridor from the Lauderdale Junction to Mineral Springs, including the Liberty Cafe area on both sides of the highway.
  • Hunting Season is open. The Washington Department of Natural Resources reopened all state lands to the east of Coleman Canyon Road to the intersection of Naneum Ridge Road, including the areas of Coleman, Rue, Cooke, Four Corners, Jumpofff, Pole Flats and Stemilt Basin.
  • Residents are encouraged to check out the interactive map on the Kittitas County website under the Table Mountain Fire response. Evacuation and Closure changes:http://www.co.kittitas.wa.us.
  • The Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest east of US 97 to the Naneum State Forest will remain closed. Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest closures: http://www.fs.usda.gov/okawen.
  • Road closure and travel information: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/ or call 511.
  • Air Quality conditions: http://wasmoke.blogspot.com or http://www.ecy.wa.gov

FIRE OPERATIONS SUMMARY

  • Containment is expected on Oct 5th. The Type 1 team (Morcom) will be transitioning with a local Type 3 team (Starkovich) on Oct. 5, 2012. The team will assume command 0630 Oct. 6th 2012.
  • No significant growth on the fire is expected. Observed fire behavior is smoldering and creeping, as some internal islands and heavier fuel concentrations continue to burn. Fire may have occasional single tree torching and interior flare ups. o Fire acreage may increase as fire areas are completely mapped.
  • Rehabilitation continues on areas damaged by fire suppression activities. Water bars will be installed to prevent erosion where fireline has been created on steep slopes and dozer lines reseeded.
  • Initial attack crews continue to be staged and are ready to respond to any new fire starts in the area.

FIRE FACTS:

Table Mountain Fire: Started: September 8, 2012 Cause: lightning Location: Cle Elum, WA/Kittitas County Resources: 22 crews, 4 helicopters, 70 engines, 5 dozers, 24 water tenders.

RESOURCE CONCERNS: Multiple historic cabins, archaeological sites, mines, threatened and endangered species, old growth reserves.

WEATHER: Northerly flow down the east side of the ridge will continue to supply Eastern Washington with cool dry air and east to northeast general winds over the fire area. The chilly nights at or just below freezing temps while the sunny day warms afternoon temps into the 50s at the elevation of the fire.

TODAY’S EXPECTED FIRE BEHAVIOR: Interior fuels will continue to burn as relative humidity continues to be low. Mop up should progress well as temperatures remain cool.

COOPERATING AGENCIES & PARTNERS: Washington Department of Natural Resources, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Washington State Fire Marshall, Kittitas County Fire Districts #1, #2, #7, Kittitas County Sheriff, Yakima County Sheriff, National Guard Resources, British Columbia Wildfire and the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.

Animal Shelter: Evacuated livestock and temporary housing for small pets is available. Shelter staff are taking calls from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday at 509-962-7639. If a need arises outside of normal business hours, please call the Emergency Operations Center at 509-933-8305.

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#TableMountain #WAFire Photo: Mop Up Operations at Table Mountain Fire ^ST

High Res photos and maps of the Table Mountain Fire are being posted to Flickr. View/Download them here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/tablemountainwafire/

Mop up Operations 10/3
A firefighter stands in an ash pile as crews work to mop up the Table Mountain Fire. Photograph by Zach Herbison, Firefighter

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#TableMountain #WAFire Photo: Mop Up Operations at Table Mountain Fire ^ST

High Res photos and maps of the Table Mountain Fire are being posted to Flickr. View/Download them here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/tablemountainwafire/

Mop up Operations 10/3
A firefighter swings a pulaski as he works to mop up the Table Mountain Fire. Photograph by Zach Herbison, Firefighter.

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#TableMountain #WAFire 10/4 Quick Update ^MARH

The Table Mountain Fire is currently at 42,312 acres and 90% containment. The increase in acreage is due to more accurate mapping and is not the result of additional fire growth. Although conditions are still very dry, no new growth is expected. An incoming Type 3 IMT (IC Mike Starkovich) will arrive today to begin preparing for the transfer of command from Mike Morcom’s Type 1 team. Transfer of command will occur at 6 am on Saturday, October 6.

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