Forest Service firefighters are responding to four fires ignited as a result of the lightning storm on July 28th. The four fires are all in the upper portion of the Lake Chelan area on the Chelan Ranger District.
The largest fire is the Moore Point Fire located approximately seven miles southeast of Stehekin, Washington. The fire started south of the Moore Point campground on the face of Round Mountain and is currently burning upslope in steep, timbered terrain. The fire, estimated between 40-50 acres in size, is burning on private land and within Lake Chelan Sawtooth Wilderness Area.
Twenty firefighter personnel, one helicopter, and one scooper plane are being utilized for suppression efforts as more resources are ordered.
Because of public and firefighter safety concerns and threat of fire in the area, Forest Service officials have closed Moore Point campground as well as the Lakeshore Trail #1274 between Meadow Creek and Flick Creek campground. This fire is located within the 2001 Rex Creek Fire. Structure protection is in place for the private residence in the area.
Three smaller fires also ignited. The Skookum Puss Fire, reported at less than one acre in size, is south of the Moore Point Fire below Skookum Puss Mountain at the head of Cascade Creek. This fire is staffed with six smoke jumpers. The Wolverine Creek Fire is approximately three miles north of Lucerne at roughly one tenth of an acre and is staffed with two smoke jumpers. The final fire, Pyramid Creek Fire, is located about two miles north of Graham Harbor and is approximately one half acre burning in the 2004 Deep Harbor fire area. This fire is staffed with two smoke jumpers.
Access for firefighters is poor into these areas, smoke jumpers will evaluate the fuels and terrain within the fire areas and assess risk; there are no structures or trailheads threaten by the three smaller fires at this time. The extremely steep terrain and standing dead trees from past fires pose high risk to firefighter safety. "CLICK HERE" for Audio