Movement expected on Crescent Mountain Fire near Twisp

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TWISP- Over 400 firefighters are currently deployed in Okanogan County on The Crescent Mountain Fire. Officials say the Crescent Mountain Fire consumed the Gilbert Fire overnight, and will now report on the fires as one.

The blaze has burned an estimated 14,593 acres of forest land located in the headwaters of the Twisp River Valley. Wednesday afternoon saw moderate fire behavior with some tree torching and running. According to the latest update, the fire is 1.7 miles from the nearest home.

8-9-2018 7:30am Operational Briefing with Ops Section Chief Jon Wallace – Crescent Mountain Fire

8-9-2018 7:30am Morning Operational Briefing for the #CrescentMTNFire on the U.S. Forest Service – Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest by Operations Section Chief Jon Wallace. We made a list of your questions and asked Jon to address in this video. If we have not answered your question, please ask again! Questions tend to get buried on Facebook, and we want to make sure we’re providing the answers you need. NOTE: Overnight, the Cresecent Mountain Fire consumed the footprint of the Gilbert Fire. Today’s update will be the last update to include the Gilbert Fire.

Posted by Cresent Mountain and Gilbert Fires on Thursday, August 9, 2018

 

Crews concentrated their efforts to establish contingency lines to protect homes and structures along Buttermilk Road area which remains under a Level Two evacuation advisory. The advisory was expanded to the entire area of Twisp River Road up canyon from Little Bridge Creek Road.

Fire officials predict with the expected weather, crews anticipate the fire moving eastward and could result in an elevation to a Level 3 evacuation notice for upper Twisp River residents.