Wildfire Incident Report

Prepared: Tuesday, November 28, 2023 5:44:15 AM PST

Wildfire Incident Report

Fire, Weather & Avalanche Center
La Grande, OR, USA
Incident #
FWAC Incident ID
Incident Name
Blue Lake Fire
Last Updated
Tuesday, November 28, 2023 5:27 AM PST
(16 mins, 41 secs ago)
Fire Reported
Monday, August 14, 2023 3:50 PM PDT
(3 months ago)
Incident Type
27.5 miles WNW of Twisp, WA
Responsible Agency
US Forest Service
Responsible Fire Unit
Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
T35 R17 S25
Current Weather

Fire Growth Potential
Fire Weather Forecast
Incident Overview

The Blue Lake Fire is burning several miles southwest of Washington Pass on the Methow Valley Ranger District of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.

It is now estimated to be around 215 acres. The fire is burning just south of State Route 20 and near popular hiking and climbing trails, such as Blue Lake, Heather Maple Pass, and the Pacific Crest Trail near Bridge Creek.

There are many firefighting resources assigned, including an Interagency Hotshot crew, four engines, and multiple aircraft. More resources are expected to be arriving over the next couple of days. Firefighters are scouting natural features like avalanche chutes that could act as a control features.

Forest Service personnel are notifying visitors in the fire area and advising them to leave the area for their safety. A closure order is in place for portions of the Pacific Crest Trail within North Cascades National Park and also in process for the National Forest System lands near the fire area.

Last Updated
Thu, Aug 17, 2023 11:57 AM UTC
Incident Type
Fire Discovered
Mon, Aug 14, 2023 11:50 PM UTC
13 miles southwest of Mazama, WA and 24 miles west of Winthrop, WA
Incident Commander
Don Shoemaker
48.499166666667, -120.69277777778
Total Personnel
215 Acres
Estimated Containment Date
Sun, Oct 1, 2023
Fuels Involved

Timber and brush

Significant Events

Fire behavior is active with uphill runs, spotting, and backing activity.

Planned Actions
Gain access to the fire and prep values and infrastructure at risk.
Projected Incident Activity

12 hours: Evening showers and thunderstorms with northwest winds. Moderate to good RH recovery is expected. Possible torching or spotting with the forecasted winds which may be mitigated by the rain showers.

Incident Map

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