Terrain
Satellite
OSM
Schneider Springs
FIRE
105,933.0
acres
26 mi
WNW of Yakima, WA
43%
contained
Fire Status:
ACTIVE
Last Updated:
18 mins, 47 secs ago
Incident #:
2021-WAOWF-000453
Fire Start:
Wednesday, August 4, 2021 1:26 PM PDT
Resources:
E-4301 E-4303
Fuels:
Brush, Timber, Snags
Primary Fire Agency

US Forest Service — Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest

Current Weather

Fire Growth Potential

Fire Weather Forecast

Incident Overview Updated: 2 hours, 17 mins ago

Incident Photo for the Schneider Springs Fire

 A lightning storm blanketed the northern Cascade Mountain Range on the evening August 4 igniting a fire in the Schneider Springs area of the Naches Ranger District approximately 20 miles northwest of Naches, WA.  The fire grew quickly in the next several days in record hot and dry conditions, burning in heavy timber, standing dead trees, and very steep terrain that was difficult for ground resources to access.
 
The fire is now burning on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest and lands managed by the Washington Department of Natural Resources. There is a temporary area closure in place for public and state lands in and around the fire area. Northwest Team 10 assumed command of the Schneider Springs Fire as of September 11, 2021.

The Schneider Springs Fire is being managed under a full suppression strategy. Firefighters and suppression resources will shift around the fire perimeter to protect communities and take actions with the highest probability of success.

Basic Information

Incident Type:
Wildfire
Cause:
Lightning/natural
Date of Origin:
Wednesday, August 4, 2021 12:30 PM PDT
Location:
18 miles northwest of Naches, WA
Incident Commander:
NW10 IMT 2 - Alan Lawson
Incident Description:
Wildfire
Coordinates:
46.84, -121.146

Current Situation

Total Personnel:
439
Size (Acres):
105,523
Containment:
43%
Estimated Containment Date:
Sunday, October 31, 2021 12:00 PM PDT
Fuels Involved:
Short Grass (1 foot)
Timber (Litter and Understory)
Brush (2 feet)

Narrative:
Timber fuel models at upper elevations with closed canopy and heavy dead and down. Mid-elevations
are Douglas-fir and ponderosa pine timber litter with slash from prior management activities. 1000 hour
fuel moistures remain low and receptive to spotting embers, adding to control difficulty. Valley bottoms are grass and brush cured to late summer conditions.
Significant Events:
Active
Flanking
Group Torching

Narrative:
Continued warm and dry conditions today kept fire behavior moderate. Primary fire behavior observed was smoldering, creeping, backing, flanking and even group torching occurred in uncontained areas of
the fire. Jackpots and heavy fuels continue to consume.

Planned Outlook

Planned Actions:
Division A - Crews will continue to monitor the fire on the division, provide structure protection, patrol, mop up and backhaul excess equipment from the Bumping Lake area. Crews will also perform hazard tree mitigation. Crews will Monitor American Ridge, which has been added to this division, and evaluate the line around the ski
lodge area.
Division D - Crews will provide for structure protection as needed. Crews will improve on the direct line construction from cliff to the river. Finally, crews will continue to masticate from Delta Staging and
working towards the northwest, as
well as backhaul excess equipment.
Division H - Crews will continue to hold and improve the line from DP 40 to 26 in the Cliffdell area. They will provide for structure protection, mop up the 1706 road, monitor and patrol and continue to
backhaul excess equipment as well
as conduct hazard tree mitigation
on Old River Road.
Division O - Crews should complete backhaul of equipment in the next operational period. Crews will
spread out piles of chips from previous line prep work and continue to chip along the Bethel Ridge and the 1500 road.
Night - Crews will provide structure protection, monitor and hold. Close loop on any burning being conducted.
Repair - The repair group will conduct priority repair as directed. Currently working on 1500 and 1600 road/trail systems. Crews are using the prioritization list of winter recreation as a guide for determining priority.
Roads - Crews are continuing to work on 1500 and 1600 as well as their spurs. Also working on Indian
Creek Road.
Projected Incident Activity:
12 hours:
Warm and dry day with high pressure building over the fire area. Gusty wind could increase fire behavior a make fire more resistant to control efforts. Smoldering will persist until fuels are extinguished with suppression efforts or totally consumed. Backing, flanking and creeping could lead to some isolated torching.
24 hours:
Breakdown of high pressure brings winds, cooler and moist conditions. Winds are likely to keep fire active until moist air arrives. Smoldering will persist until fuels are extinguished with suppression efforts or totally consumed. Backing, flanking and creeping could lead to some isolated torching.
48 hours:
Cool, moist and chance of precipitation reduce fire behavior to minimal. Backing, flanking and
creeping should reduce to aggressive smoldering for the expected fire behavior. Heavy fuel
and jackpots will continue to burn until totally consumed or mopped up. Needle cast and grasses should reach moisture of extinction levels and not propagate fire.
72 hours:
Cool, moist and chance of precipitation reduce fire behavior to minimal. Backing, flanking and
creeping should reduce to aggressive smoldering for the expected fire behavior. Heavy fuel
and jackpots will continue to burn until totally consumed or mopped up. Needle cast and grasses should reach moisture of extinction levels and not propagate fire.
Remarks:
Forest closures remain the same.

Ownership Breakdown:
WA-DNR - 11733
Private - 503
Other Public (ROW) - 18
USFS non-wilderness - 49773
USFS Wilderness - 43871

Discrepancies in ownership acreage
due to mapping and rounding
anomalies.

Weather Synopsis

Weather Concerns:
Saturday

Another day of sun and no shading resulted in low afternoon
humidity and warm temperatures. Minimum afternoon humidity
values of 20 to 25 percent were observed, coinciding with valley
temperatures in the 80s. Winds favored a southwesterly direction
with speeds of 5 to 15 mph.

Sunday and beyond...

An approaching storm system will bring moisture into the area by
Monday. For Sunday expect increasing clouds and wind, but no rain.
Westerly winds of 10 to 15 mph and gusts up to 20 mph are expected by afternoon, but associated with higher humidity values of 30 to 40
percent. Afternoon temperatures
will be cooler with highs ranging from the mid 60s to mid 70s. Winds will continue to be gusty into Monday with an opportunity for wetting rain near the Cascade Crest which may impact the Wilderness
portion of the fire, but have little impact farther east.

Incident Contact

Incident Contact
Schneider Springs Fire Information
Email: 2021.schneidersprings@firenet.gov
Phone: 509-653-1468
Hours: SUN-SAT 8AM-7PM
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
509-884-3473
https://gacc.nifc.gov/nwcc/districts/CWICC