Table Mountain Fire Information – 10/09/2012
Tuesday, October 9, 2012 – 1:30 AM PDT Fire Status Update
Size: 42,312 acres
Personnel: Approximately 230
NEWS AND EVENTS:
Smoke in the Cle Elum and Ellensburg valley has improved a little today due to a change in wind direction and a lifting of the inversion. The Table Mt. Fire is still producing some smoke while pockets of fuel continue to burn within the interior of the fire. This material is burning slowly and creeping or smoldering. Firefighters continue to find isolated spots of smoldering material near the fireline. Also, a lot of rehabilitation work remains to be accomplished, including; stabilizing areas, reducing erosion potential, reducing fuel loads near fireline, reducing risk from burned snags, etc.
Today firefighters are busy mopping up hot spots near the fireline and around homes, as well as monitoring pockets of burning material in the interior of the fire. Crews are also busy reabiliting areas impacted by fire suppression.
· Please call 206-947-9705 for current information and media inquiries.
· Although smoke from the Table Mountain Fire continues to diminish, there is also smoke in the area from other fires burning around the area. For more information regarding Air Quality, refer to the following websites: http://wasmoke.blogspot.com – http://www.ecy.wa.gov
· Ongoing forest closures will continue to effect hunters. Some information is available below, but hunters, residents and visitors are encouraged to check out the interactive map on the Kittitas County website,http://www.co.kittitas.wa.us
CLOSURES AND RESTRICTIONS:
· For both sides of the Cascades, DNR has extended the statewide burn ban on all DNR-protected lands; the ban is in effect through October 15, 2012.
· The Okanogan-Wenatchee Forest east of US 97 to the Naneum State Forest west of Coleman road remains closed. For information on areas avilable for hunting please visit www.dnr.wa.gov and www.fs.usda.gov/okawen, as well as www.wdfw.wa.gov
· The Washington Department of Natural Resources reopened all state lands to the east of Coleman Canyon Road to the intersection of Naneum Ridge Road, including the areas of Coleman, Rue, Cooke, Four Corners (not near Bee Hive Mountain), Jumpoff, Pole Flats and Stemilt Basin.
· Some local road restrictions remain in effect. For information please visit http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/ or call 511.