August 16, 2010
New Lightning Fire Found in Glacier Peak Wilderness
Lake Wenatchee, Washington— A new wilderness fire resulting from lightning
storms the previous week was confirmed Saturday. The fire is located
approximately ten miles northwest of Lake Wenatchee in the Glacier Peak
The Ibex Creek Fire, located in the White River watershed, is burning in
extremely steep terrain in light timber and brush. The fire is about five
acres in size and smoke is visible from the Plain and Lake Wenatchee
The Ibex Creek Fire will be managed for multiple objectives. There will be
three primary objectives: firefighter and public safety, protecting values
at risk including campgrounds and trailheads, and allowing fire to play its
role in wilderness ecosystems. The steep, inaccessible terrain poses high
risk to firefighter safety relative to values at risk.
For public safety concerns, FS Trail #1521- Mt David Trail is closed.
Three other small fires in the Chiwawa River Drainage are now contained.
The 8 acre Finner Creek Fire (formerly referred to as the Basalt Peak Fire)
is lined and staffed by the Entiat Hotshots fire crew, 6 smokejumpers, and
8 rappellers. Supplies for crews will be flown in by helicopter today.
The fire is located midway up the Chiwawa Drainage, approximately 12 miles
north of Lake Wenatchee and east of the Chiwawa River Road (FS Road #6200)
near Basalt Peak.
Two other small fires in the same vicinity, the McCall Mt. and Schaefer
Creek Fires are in mop-up status. All fires are holdover lightning strikes
from storms earlier in the week.
Several closures are in effect for firefighter and public safety.
Please respect the following trails and road closures:
Basalt Ridge Trail #1515
Basalt Pass Trail #1530
Minnow Creek Trail #1539
Chikamin Road #6210
Rock Creek Tie Trail #1538
Visitors are reminded that campfire restrictions are in place and danger of
wildfire is high; please check at local ranger district offices for current
conditions and restrictions.
For more information contact the Wenatchee River Ranger District:
Leavenworth office- (509) 548-2550, open Monday-Saturday,
Lake Wenatchee Office- (509)763-3103 open Thursday- Saturday
or go to: www.fs.fed.us/r6/wenatchee.