It was no holiday for firefighters battling a rash of forest fires in the Pacific Northwest. Dozens of wildfires in Washington, Oregon, California and British Columbia have combined to create a suffocating haze of smoke here in the Wenatchee Valley with no end in sight.
The smoky conditions have prompted on going public health problems with poor air quality and that is expected to continue all week.
Meanwhile on the firelines:
Jolly Mountain Fire:
The Jolly Mountain fire in Kittitas County has grown to over 20-thousand acres. Heavy smoke settled into the valleys again yesterday morning but did not lift until nearly 4 o’clock in some areas of the fire. Once it did, fire behavior increased but not as significantly as it did on Saturday.
Moderated fire activity allowed firefighters to make good progress in the Teanaway Valley. Crews continued burnouts in the night in the Teanaway and Wagon Wheel. The town of Roslyn remains under a level two evacuation advisory but no homes have been damaged.
Uno Peak Fire:
The Uno Peak Fire is burning in the steep slopes of the east shore of Lake Chelan on lands managed by the USFS. It is approximately 15 uplake from Manson. It is burning in timber, heavy downed wood, brush, and grass. The fire is now measured at over 22-hundred acres. No homes threatened.
Jack Creek Fire:
The Jack Creek Fire was spotted Friday afternoon burning in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness The Jack Creek fire started by lightning on August 11, 2017. It sat dormant for several weeks with minimal fire activity but Continued low humidity levels and high temperatures contributed to increased fire activity.
The wildfire is burning approximately 15 miles southwest of Leavenworth, Washington within the Wilderness area. Fire managers will monitor the wildfire from the air. The fire’s location in a remote area of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest presents no immediate threat to populated areas.
For more updates on fires in the region visit InciWeb for Washington State.