The Left Hand Fire is a lightning caused wildfire discovered at approximately 8:00 am on July 23, 2019, on the Okanogan Wenatchee National Forest approximately 32 miles northwest of Yakima, Washington. Firefighters were promptly dispatched to the fire located on the side of a steep, rocky drainage without interior roads. After hiking to the location, firefighters had some initial success, until burning material rolled down the steep slope crossing containment lines and spreading the fire. Efforts continued over the ensuing 48 hours; however, the fire became established in larger dry fuels on the ground and progressively spread to adjacent grass, brush and individual standing trees. Subsequent warmer, drier conditions and strong winds produced more rapid growth over the next several days.
Evacuations: All evacuation levels associated with the Left Hand Fire have been rescinded effective 8:00 am August 5.
Closures: Forest Roads 1702 and 1701 are closed to all public traffic. While Highway 410 remains open, public are asked to avoid the fire area if possible to minimize unnecessary traffic. There is also an area closure in place around the fire area (see the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest webpage for details).
Smoke: For more information on smoke and public health please visit: wasmoke.blogspot.com
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