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Monday, September 14, 2015

9/13/2015 Meeks Table Fire Update

The Meeks Table Fire is burning on the Naches Ranger District of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.
The fire was discovered on Saturday, September 12 at approximately 3:08 pm and was initially reported to be 15 acres in size. It is burning north of Forest Road 1500 on the north side of the Rattlesnake Creek drainage. The fire initially spread rapidly due to hot, dry and windy conditions. As of 8:00 pm on Sunday September 13 it is currently estimated to be 700 to 800 acres in size.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.
The Naches Ranger District has closed the entire Forest Road 1600 system and has closed Forest Road 1500 from the eastern forest boundary to Bethel Ridge (the junction with Road 199 Cache Prairie). All public is asked to stay out of the fire area.
Approximately 100 firefighters are working to control the Meeks Table Fire. Helicopter water bucket drops and Single Engine Air Tanker applications of retardant were used today to suppress the fire and slow its spread. Washington Interagency Incident Management Team #4 will take over management of this incident at 0600 am on September 14.



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