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Monday, August 7, 2017

8/7/2017 Suiattle Fire Update

LAST UPDATE UNLESS SIGNIFICANT CHANGES OCCUR

Yesterday’s operations:
The weather and the smoke have been helping the crews make positive progress on the fire. Fire behavior was minimal with very little visible flame. The crews working on the north, west, and south lines of the fire were working in a grid pattern to mop-up hot spots. The crews have begun suppression repair work, meaning they repair resources damaged by fire suppression activity. Repair work includes stabilizing roads, fire lines, and other disturbed areas.

Today’s operations:
The number of personnel on the fire has decreased from a high of 356 people, and is expected to drop below 150 people today. The remaining hand crews and engines will continue the laborious work of gridding and mopping-up to widen the containment line. They will also continue the repair and stabilization effort.

Northwest Incident Management Team 12 is expected to hand the fire back to the local land management agencies early on Tuesday morning. For questions concerning closures or the duration of fire management to the area, please email or call the fire information contact listed.

The town of Darrington has been a great host community, offering tremendous support. From the team to this amazing resilient town: THANK YOU!

Closures
The Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest issued a closure order for an area around the fire. Forest Roads 2640, 2650, and 2660, as well as Boulder Lake Trail (#740) and Huckleberry Ridge Trail (#780) are affected by the closure. A map is available on Inciweb. The closures will remain in effect until further notice.

Safety Message
· The fires in British Columbia Canada continue to growth, generating additional smoke. Air quality will remain poor for the next few days.
· Traffic in the area of active fire suppression puts visitors and firefighters at risk. Visitors who need to access Forest Road 26 should reduce speeds and maintain awareness.
· There is also a campfire/burn ban in effect, be sure to check restrictions before recreating athttps://waburnbans.net/


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