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New Smoke Signals Another Forest Fire

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
Wilderness.

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
communities.

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.