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Sunday, August 6, 2017

8/6/2017 Noisy Creek Fire Update

Metaline Falls, WA –The Noisy Creek Fire located on Hall Mountain is now approximately 3,380 acres, burning in heavy timber on steep, rugged slopes. Pend Oreille Sheriff’s Office and emergency management have issued a Level 1 evacuation notification, which means Get Ready, for recreational cabins, residences and campgrounds on the north end of Sullivan Lake east of Outlet Creek. While fire activity has not increased, burnout operations are being planned as a proactive fire control measure to consume existing fuels and secure fire lines along the NE corner of the lake to prevent the fire from moving further north. A Level 1 evacuation notification is a necessary safety precaution.

Level 1 Means Get Ready. This means residents should be alert and aware of the danger that exists in their area and monitor local media outlets for information. Residents with special needs (such as susceptibility to breathing problems in wildfires or those with animals and pets) should take note and begin making arrangements to evacuate. Smoke can often cause the most problems for residents, especially those sensitive to smoke. Evacuations at this time are voluntary.

Yesterday firefighters worked to improve and secure line along the perimeter of the fire, scout for contingency lines and conduct burnout operations to reduce fuels. Fire containment increased to 20 percent. Today firefighters will prepare the north and northeast perimeter of the fire for future burnout operations. Crews and heavy equipment continue to scout, construct and prepare contingency lines along Harvey Creek Road.

For public and firefighter safety, boaters are asked to stay 100 ft. at least from the southeast side of Sullivan Lake due to rock fall and debris in the water. Stay at least 500 ft. away from airplane and helicopter activity on the water. There is a Temporary Flight Restriction in place over the fire. Drone flights are illegal in the fire area and compromise firefighting work.

Weather: Light, northerly winds continue and temperatures are expected to increase over the next few days.

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Road Closures: National Forest System Road No. 2200500 closed from its intersection with NFS Road No. 2200 to its terminus at the Hall Mountain Trailhead. Sullivan Creek Road No. 2200 closed from just past East Sullivan Lake Campground to Pass Creek Pass. Harvey Creek Road No. 1935 closed between Sullivan Lake Road and the junction with the Onata Creed Road (Road No. 1935 024). Campground Closure: Noisy Creek Campground is closed.

Trail Closures: All travel prohibited on the following: NFS Trails: Lakeshore Trail No. 504; Noisy Creek Trail No. 588; Hall Mountain Trail No. 540; Hall Mountain-Grassy Top Trail No. 533; Grassy Top Trail No. 503 from Pass Creek Pass to its intersection with Hall Mountain-Grassy Top Trail No. 533; Portions of the Pacific NW Trail are rerouted south of the fire area.

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