Norse Peak Fire Grows
The Norse Peak Fire has burned over 13,000 acres as the fire rages north, threatening more than just trees.
UPDATE: HWY 410 is closed TFN*****
The Norse Peak Fire has now officially burned more than 13,637 acres according to the U.S. Forest Service. The forest service reported Thursday that the the fire continued its northward movement yesterday, coming within a half mile of Raven Roost.
It continues to grow and it's getting help. Fire managers say a 700-acre fire that grew from a 5-acre spot fire on Tuesday afternoon to the northeast will likely merge with the Norse Peak fire.
There was good news as crews working along the Highway 410 corridor were able to remove much of the fallen dead trees and brush. This work continues throughout today and possibly into the weekend, but beginning Friday, Hwy 410 will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. using a pilot car to guide drivers through the fire area.
Authorities warn that firefighters will continue to work along the west side of the highway during this time, so drivers should be extra cautious as they drive through the area. The highway will be fully open during the hours of 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., but before you go check the Department of Transportation travel alerts.
On the south side of Hwy 410, the American Fire has grown to 325 acres according to the U.S. Forest Service and the fire continues backing downhill, making a slow progression north.
Fire crews report they are also making good progress removing brush and branches to improve a contingency fuel break along the Bumping River Road from Goose Prairie towards the Bumping Lake Dam.
Fire managers are worried going into the weekend as the cool and relatively moist weather will end Friday as a strong ridge builds over the area, resulting in significant warming and drying over the weekend.