Right time, right place: officials say Jack Creek Fire is playing its ecological role

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LEAVENWORTH- The Jack Creek Fire, burning 15 miles southwest of Leavenworth, has now burned 2,154-acres.

On Tuesday, the fire moved south up the Jack Creek drainage toward Stuart Pass. Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest officials have implemented a trail and area closure in the Enchantments permit area and the Alpine Lakes Wilderness.

Jack Creek fire officials say the fire is burning in the right place, at the right time, with the right resources, for the right reason…meaning the Jack Creek Fire is playing its natural ecological role.

Firefighters are hiking into the Eightmile and Stuart Lakes areas to begin point protection activities and Wilderness Rangers continue trail sweeps within the closed areas.

The fire was started on August 11 by lightning, and sat dormant for several weeks before burning into receptive fuels. Fire managers continue to monitor the blaze from the air.

The Uno Peak Fire continues to burn along steep slopes of the east shore of Lake Chelan on USFS lands.

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The fire is located about 15 air miles from Manson and has now burned 6,159-acres. The fire began on August 30th and continues to burn in timber, heavy-downed wood, brush and grass. Aggressive firefighting will employed today to control the spread of the fire toward Manson. Priority will also be placed on protecting campground facilities and homes in the direct vicinity of the fire. The Uno Peak Fire is currently 1-percent contained.

Meanwhile, the largest fire currently burning in Washington is the 95,000-acre Diamond Creek Fire.

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It’s burning within the Pasayten Wilderness and Eightmile drainage approximately 12 air miles north of Mazama. The fire has been burning since July 23rd in extreme terrain which has limited the direct response actions that might normally be taken to put out a fire. The huge blaze is 65-percent contained as ground crews and helicopters continue to protect nearby homes, communities and various structures in the area.