Little Camas Fire 52 Percent Contained

Camas Fire

Monday Evening Update:

The Little Camas Fire is now 52 percent contained as crews make headway toward corraling the blaze. Over 440 firefighters are working to strengthen the existing lines as hotter, dryer and windier weather and steep rocky terrain challenge their efforts. Managers say the fire is now estimated at over 400 acres. More details on the fire are available on INCIWEB.

Sunday Update

WENATCHEE, WA-Fire crews make progress as milder weather conditions help containment efforts on the Little Camas Fire in Chelan County.

Managers say the fire is now 35 percent contained as 344 firefighters from the US Forest Service and DNR overcome steep rocky terrain in the mountains about six miles Southwest of Cashmere.

The fire is burning in mostly logging slash, brush and timber stands on Weyerhauser land in the Sand Creek and Mission Creek drainages. The area burned has been downsized to about 330 acres due to better mapping.

No stuctures are threatened. The Camas Meadows Bible Camp and a few homes located about 2 miles from the fire are under level One evacuation advisories. Monday’s weather will nearly be a repeat of today with temps bumping up a few degrees and RHs getting closer to 20%.

During the evening and overnight hours, a dry cold front is expected to pass over the fire bringing on westerly 18-25 mph gusts persisting through Tuesday late afternoon. These same winds proved challenging for control efforts on the eastern flank a few days ago. More hot and dry conditions are expected later in the week.

WENATCHEE, WA.-Sunday’s forecast for cooler and calmer weather is good news for the army of firefighters working to contain the Little Camas Fire in the mountain about 7 miles Southwest of Cashmere.  Fire managers say the favorable conditions will help hand crews as they battle steep rocky terrain in the fire area. Over 344 firefighters now pitch their tents at the Cashmere Fairgrounds which serve as base camp for the Type 2 Incident Management team that took control of the fire Sunday morning. The fire is estimated at about 400 acres and is 11 percent contained. The most recent information is from Sunday’s morning’s staff briefing:

Little Camas Creek Fire News Release: 

Northwest Type 2 Incident Management Team 7 led by Incident Commander Eric Knerr assumed command of the Little Camas Fire today at 6:00 am.  Local firefighters and the community would like to express thanks and appreciation to the Type 3 Northwest Washington Team led by Incident Commander Don Melton for their outstanding work.

Today, firefighters intend to seize the opportunity which today’s favorable weather is predicted to provide.  Winds are expected to be relatively calm with occasional gusts of 10 miles per hour, relative humidity 20-28%, and temperatures reaching the low 80s.  Fire managers’ strategy is to minimize acres burned and impacts to commercial timber and sensitive plant habitat.  Type 1 hot shot crews plan to build fire line directly against the northern and southern edges of the fire.

Tomorrow, weather is again expected to become unfavorable with higher temperatures and lower relative humidity.   In the afternoon, another dry cold front accompanied by gusty winds is also expected to pass through the fire area.

Steep rugged terrain, heavy concentration of fuels, and rolling materials continue to challenge the efforts of firefighters to suppress the fire.  Lack of road access on portions of the fire also present challenges to the fire suppression effort.  Aerial resources will be used to support the ground crews as needed with helicopter water bucket drops and retardant drops.

Last night, crews patrolled the fire and were successful containing some burning roll-out material on the eastern portion of the fire.  The current size of the fire is estimated to be 399 acres and is 11% contained.  334 personnel are assigned to the fire.

Firefighters are also being supported by a heavy Type 1 helicopter, one Type 2 helicopter, one Type 3 helicopter, and an air attack all based in Wenatchee.

The Camas Meadows Bible Camp and three adjacent homes remain under a level 1 evacuation notice.

Map showing fire area (in red) in proximtiy to Bible camp and neigboring homes (in blue) provided by Type 2 Incident Management team.

Due to fire activity in the area, Forest Service Trail Red Hill #1223 and Tronsen Ridge Trail #1204 from Ruby Creek Trail to the 5 Miles Road junction are closed to public access. The remainder of the area is open.

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Steve Hair
Steve Hair is a 40-year veteran broadcast journalist who comes to NCW LIFE TV after a long career in radio. Steve and his wife Lynette and their three sons moved to the Wenatchee Valley from Central California in 1992. Steve served as News Director for KPQ News where he covered a multitude of stories of importance to North Central Washington, including two of Washington State’s largest wildfires. During his radio career Steve has received many awards from organizations such as the Associated Press, (Sacramento and Seattle Bureaus) The Washington State Farm Bureau, and the California Medical Association. Steve is a sports addict. Time off usually finds him sprawled out on the couch watching the Seahawks, Mariners or anything that prevents him from doing house chores.