Lone Mountain Fire Update—July 19
Contact: Lone Mountain Fire Information, 360-854-7362
July 19, 2014 08:30 am. Marblemount, WA—The Lone Mountain Fire burned actively east up Boulder Creek yesterday and grew to around 1000 acres. This is a very remote area with difficult access but is still moving away from the Stehekin community.
One handcrew arrived yesterday and is working with other ground forces on the south side of the fire near the Stehekin community. Other ground forces will be establishing water pumping systems to keep the fire out of the War Creek drainage if the need arises. All ground forces continue to be supported by helicopter. Various additional resources will begin arriving on the Lone Mountain Fire over the next few days including a 20 person handcrew and a Type 2 Incident Management Team. Two helicopters and a 20 person handcrew remain on order, but the demand for firefighting resources is very high due to the large number of very active fires in the Pacific Northwest.
The Boulder Creek Trail in the North Cascades National Park and the War Creek Trail on the Okanogan - Wenatchee National Forest remain closed.
The 2010 Rainbow Bridge Fire burned between Stehekin and today’s Lone Mountain Fire, which reduced fuel and is aiding the firefighters in protecting the community. The North Cascades National Park crews have also used prescribed and forest thinning projects in recent years around Stehekin, further reducing fire hazard for the community.