Fire Update: Jolly Mountain, Norse Peak and Jack Creek fires

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Jolly Mountain

An update on fires burning around North Central Washington…

The Jolly Mountain Fire, located 11 miles Northwest of Cle Elum, continues to burn in the Cle Elum Ranger District of the Okanogan/Wenatchee National Forest near land managed by the Department of Natural Resources. Rick Isaacson with Chelan County Fire District 1 says structure protection and back-burning is the plan of attack today. . .

Isaacson says evacuation levels in the Teanaway area will be reduced on Tuesday from level 3 down to level 2 and evacuation levels near Salmon La Sac will also be downgraded from level 3 to level 2 on Wednesday. The perimeter of the fire is 15-percent contained.

Photo courtesy of USFS

The Jack Creek Fire is burning 15 miles Southwest of Leavenworth in the Okanogan/Wenatchee National Forest located entirely within the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. Even though low humidity’s and warm temperatures have increased Jack Creek fire activity, Ric Isaacson says it continues to be classified as a monitored fire. . .

Meanwhile one of the state’s largest fires is the Norse Peak Fire burning in the Naches Ranger District between State Route 410 and Bumping Lake.

The blaze has consumed just under 50-thousand acres and is burning in steep, rocky terrain, which is making access difficult. Isaacson says fire activity increased over the weekend and structure protection remains a high priority. . .

The Norse Peak Fire has crossed the Pacific Crest Trail into Pierce County and residents in the area are currently at a level 3 evacuation.