Located 17 miles northwest of Plain, Washington, the Nason Fire is approximately 717 acre, burning in very steep, rocky terrain that is difficult to access. Its position high on a north facing slope along the Nason Ridge makes it dangerous for firefighters to directly attack the fire. Fire managers continue to evaluate and implement indirect firefighting strategies, which are the safest available tactics due to the fire’s location, as they assess the fire's progression.
Firefighters are using Road 6700 as a containment line; a portion of the road is closed for public safety as crews work to mitigate hazards. By implementing firing operations from the road towards the body of the fire, firefighters can safely work on containing the fire’s edge. The timber and understory vegetation are characteristic of sub-alpine environments and the associated shade and high moisture are helping to minimize the fire’s movement.
Personnel supporting the Nason Fire include out of state resources as well as local engines and handcrews (these resources remain available for initial attack on new wildfire starts).
Smoke from the fire is highly visible at times, especially in the afternoon when the fire and fuels are more exposed to heat from the sun.
Smoke Information: The Forest Service works closely with other federal and state partners to predict and mitigate smoke impacts on individuals and communities during wildfires. Up-to-date information about smoke can be found at https://fire.airnow.gov/, or visit https://wasmoke.blogspot.com/ for additional local air quality information.
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 about 10 acres per day; smoldering, creeping, group tree torching, and backing
Fire crews will 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.
Rain expected over the fire today and into tomorrow morning. Gusty winds from the west will push smoke deep into aligning drainages.
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