Cedar Creek
21.4 mi
NW of Twisp, WA
Fire Status:
Last Updated:
22 mins, 56 secs ago
Incident #:
Fire Start:
Thursday, July 8, 2021 5:48 PM PDT
E-351 E-672
Timber, Timber Lit
Primary Fire Agency

US Forest Service — Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest

Current Weather

Fire Growth Potential

Fire Weather Forecast

Incident Overview Updated: 9 hours, 10 mins ago

Incident Photo for the Cedar Creek Fire

Multiple fires were started by lightning on July 8, 2021 in the Methow Valley, within the boundaries of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. Many of the fires were contained, but three of the fires escaped initial attack. The Cedar Creek and Varden Fires merged together and are now being referred to as just the Cedar Creek Fire. 

Operational Briefing 8/4/21:

8/4 Operational Briefing - InciWeb the Incident Information System (nwcg.gov)
Current Evacuation Map for the Cedar Creek, Delancy, and Cub Creek Fires:  

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Highway Information: 

For more information: 
The WSDOT Blog - Washington State Department of Transportation: Multiple wildfires likely to keep stretch of SR 20 closed through at least July

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest Closure Map: 

Fire Information Phone Number: 509-557-0740

Email: 2021.cedarcreek@firenet.gov

Facebook: www.facebook.com/MazamaFires2021

Basic Information

Incident Type:
Date of Origin:
Sunday, July 11, 2021 5:45 AM PDT
Four miles west, southwest from Mazama, WA
Incident Commander:
Evans Kuo, GBIMT1
Incident Description:
48.595, -120.537

Current Situation

Total Personnel:
Size (Acres):
Estimated Containment Date:
Sunday, October 31, 2021 12:00 AM PDT
Fuels Involved:
Timber (litter and understory), Brush (2 feet), Short Grass (1 foot): Heavy downed woody fuels are burning readily. Resistance to control is very high due to snags, deep duff, and heavy downed woody fuels in many areas.
Significant Events:
Active, single-tree torching, backing, and creeping.

Multiple days of high temperature and hot winds are expediting they drying of heavy fuels.

Planned Outlook

Planned Actions:
1. In Division H, hold and improve the 4410 road where firing operations were completed in the Sun Mountain Lodge area
south to the slop over. Hold and improve direct line around the slop over on the 4410 road. Identify and continue improving
indirect line opportunities along the Elbow Coulee road from Twisp River Road to the Pine Forest Subdivision. Mop up
operations will begin in areas where fire behavior allows.

2. In Division J, construct and improve direct line from drop point 95 in Little Bridge Creek along the Cabin Creek drainage to Thompson Ridge near Helispot 15. Construct and improve direct handline from drop point 95 in the bottom of Little Bridge
Creek along the fires edge, tying in to natural features. Mop up operations will begin where fire behavior allows.

3. In Division Z continue to improve indirect handline from the northern tip of Vasiliki Ridge down to Highway 20 to prevent spread to the west along the highway corridor. Continue to assess and implement the use of rotor wing retardant to strengthen the upper portion of the indirect line below Vasiliki Ridge. Continue to hold any unburned pockets of fuel between the main fire and the containment lines along Highway 20. Mop-up operations will continue where fire activity allows. Division Z will also be
monitoring the Delancy Fire and taking appropriate action to minimize fire movement. Snagging and chipping along the Highway 20 corridor will continue as mop up operations move throughout the corridor.

4. In Divisions A and D, resources will be mopping up and patrolling for any threats to containment lines.

5. Night operations will be holding areas of concern in Division Z near Silver Star Creek as well as Gobblers Knob and Little Bridge Creek. Resources will also begin mopping up where fire activity allows.
Projected Incident Activity:
12 hours:
Hotter and drier weather, along with increasing winds will increase fire activity in the Little Bridge Creek, Silver Star
ours. Creek, Gobblers Knob, Vasiliki Ridge, Highway 20 corridor, and the 4410 Road area.

24 hours:
Hotter and drier weather, along with increasing winds will increase fire activity in the Little Bridge Creek, Silver Star
ours. Creek, Gobblers Knob, Vasiliki Ridge, Highway 20 corridor, and the 4410 Road area.

48 hours:
Winds will continue across the area causing the fire to remain active, even with decreasing temperatures, in the Little
ours. Bridge Creek, Silver Star Creek, Vasiliki Ridge, and 4410 Road area.

72 hours:
Moderating fire behavior with cooler weather but gusty winds.

Anticipated after 72 hours:
Moderate fire behavior with the cooler weather, winds will begin to decrease.
Forest Service - 50,814 acres
Private - 744 acres
State DNR - 940 acres

Weather Synopsis

Weather Concerns:
High pressure strengthening over the region delivered very warm temperatures and dry, stable conditions. Areas of haze and smoke lingered across the fire perimeter throughout the day as temperatures warmed into the upper 80s and middle 90s. Yesterday's rainfall had little to no impact on humidity values, which dried out into the teens and lower twenties. Winds were light and terrain driven.

Thursday 8/5
The dome of high pressure will begin to weaken on Thursday but it will be a subtle weakening with temperatures only dropping off 1-2 degrees. The air mass will actually become drier on Thursday and with increasing instability aloft. High Haines
will be at a 5. The most noticeable change will come with the winds. Light but steady northwest winds will develop throughout the day and slowly increase going into the evening hours. Wind gusts of 20-25 mph will be possible late in the day
and could combine with low humidity and warm conditions.

Incident Contact

Incident Contact
Fire Information Center
Phone: 509-557-0740
Hours: 8 am - 8 pm
Fire Unit Information
Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
215 Melody Lane
Wenatchee, WA 98801

Dispatch Contact

Central Washington Interagency Center | Wenatchee, WA