Firefighters able to limit the growth of the Chikamin Fire

Photo by USDA FS by Carly Reed USDA/Forest Service shows Gannet Glacier crew members clearing brush along Road 6210 on the Chickamin Fire.

The Chikamin Fire burning on a remote ridge in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest has shown little growth over the past two days.

The total burned area, much of it heavily timbered, was at 260 acres on Tuesday.

The fire north of Plain is in challenging terrain but firefighters from numerous local, state and federal agencies have been able to keep it at bay since the lightning-caused fire broke out last Friday.

About 143 personnel, including smokejumpers, are currently assigned to the fire.

Crews on Monday were removing brush, dropping water from helicopters, digging lines and conducting burnouts.

Some of the smoke seen from the fire Monday likely came from the burnouts, the U.S. Forest Service said.

Numerous roads and trails in the area remain closed and are being patrolled by Forest Service Motorcycle Rangers.

The following are closed:

Forest Service Road #6210 – Chikamin Road
Trail 1548 – Lower Chiwawa
Trail 1534 – Chikamin Tie
Trail 1524 – Minnow Ridge
Trail 1515 – Basalt Ridge
Trail 1530 – Basalt Pass
Trail 1538 – Rock Creek Tie
Trail 1408 – Garland Peak
Trail 1409.1 – Upper Mad River
Trail 1523 – Alder Ridge
Trail 1561 – Chikamin Tie
Trail 1539 – Minnow Creek
Trail 1429 – Shetipo