Darrington, WA – Washington State Department of Natural Resource fire crews continue to fight the Suiattle Fire nine miles Northeast of Darrington.
A 10 a.m. update from the Northwest Region of Department of Natural Resources says the Suiattle Fire started on July 30th, 2017. The fire continues to burn in steep, rough terrain and in logging slash, young reproduction and standing timber.
Roland Emetaz, the Suiattle Fire incident information officer said yesterday, August 1st, 2017 smoke kept relative humidity higher than expected and provided shading for fuels, limiting fire behavior. Crews worked to extend the dozer line along the west side of the fire down to the 2660 Road to the South. The fire slowly backed down to an improved road on the Northwest flank. Crews scouted potential suppression opportunities South of the Fire.
Today (August 2nd), crews will continue improving the dozer line along the West Side of the fire and reinforcing the 2650 Road in the North. Fire managers will continue to scout South of the fire for safe containment prospects.
A Red Flag Warning for very hot and dry weather conditions is in effect for the fire area through Thursday. Forecasted maximum temperatures are expected to reach 95 degrees with relative humidity at 20%, posing additional heat related risks for fire crews.
National Forest System Roads 2640, 2660 and 2650 (Tenas Creek Road) are closed to citizen traffic. Boulder Lake Trail #740 and Huckleberry Ridge Trail #780 are affected by the fire and will likely be closed as well.
Heavy Fire Equipment will be involved with firefighting along the Suiattle River Road (FS26) and people are asked to slow down and keep moving near the area of the fire.
The fire has grown to 180 acres and is 0% contained. There are over 300 fire personnel on scene.
Management of the fire transitioned to Northwest Incident Management Team 12, commanded by Bob Johnson at 6:00 a.m. this morning.
The Fire is expected to continue to grow in size with the influence of steep slopes and heavy fuel components.
The cause of the fire remains unknown and is under investigation.
There is a community briefing tonight at the Darrington Community Center located at 507 Sauk Avenue at 7:30 p.m.