US Forest Service — Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
Fire Growth Potential
Fire Weather Forecast
Incident Overview Updated: 1 day, 4 hours ago
Located 17 miles northwest of Plain, Washington, the Nason Fire is approximately 1,269 acres, burning in very steep, rocky terrain that is difficult to access. Its initial position high on a north facing slope along the Nason Ridge made it dangerous for firefighters to directly attack the fire. Fire managers then implemented indirect firefighting strategies, which were the safest available tactics due to the fire’s location.
Over the September 18-19 weekend, almost 1.5 inches of rain fell in the vicinity of the Nason Fire. Firefighters have started rehabilitation work on the fire, which consists mainly of chipping fuels and hazard tree removal on the 6700 and 6702 roads. Firefighters utilized Road 6700 as a containment line along the west and north edges of the fire; a portion of the road is closed for public safety as crews continue working to mitigate hazards.
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Date of Origin:
Wednesday, August 4, 2021 12:00 AM PDT
17 miles NW of Plain, WA; 7 miles southeast of the Unincorporated communities of Lake Wenatchee
Timber (Litter and Understory) Short Grass (1 foot)
Minimal fire behavior, growing less than 10 acres per day; smoldering, creeping, and backing
Fire crews are assessing hazards to Road 6700 in anticipation of reopening the road within the next couple of weeks. They will also continue to improve holding features and assess fire progression.
Projected Incident Activity:
Minimal fire behavior.
Smoke is visible on the ridgeline, especially in the afternoon when the fire and fuels are more exposed to heat from the sun.
Expect dry and warm weather through the weekend. Winds will increase Saturday afternoon, becoming gusty Sunday afternoon and evening. Chances of rain gradually increase late Sunday into Monday ahead of a slow moving cold front. The cold front will also keep winds breezy Monday and Tuesday. Drier conditions will return on Wednesday before a weaker low pressure system brings another shot of showers on Thursday.
Nason Fire Information Phone: 509-761-9983 Hours: 8 am to 8 pm
Fire Unit Information
Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest U.S. Forest Service 215 Melody Lane Wenatchee, WA 98801