Firefighters Close To Calling It a Win on Schneider Springs Fire
For the first time since the Schneider Springs Fire started at the beginning of August firefighters are close to full containment. The fire which started by lightning August 4 is now at 86% containment at 107,404 acres.
COOL WEATHER WHAT FIREFIGHTERS HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR
A news release from the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest cooler days and nights are helping firefighters gain more control the of blaze. They say all the flames and smoke are on the interior of the fire perimeter and pose no threat to the containment lines. They add “suppression repair is in full swing with dozer lines being repaired, hazard trees being removed, and roads repaired. Resources are starting to demob as they are no longer needed or they time out.
THE SNOW WILL HAVE THE FINAL SAY ON THE FIRE
Fire officials say 100% containment, because of the rugged and remote terrain won’t happen until snow falls on the fire area.
The acreage went up because of more accurate mapping.
The next update will be Thursday, October 7 and that will be the last update from fire officials on the ground.
Road and area closures are still in effect. Even when they open, inside the fire perimeter will remain closed.
WANT MORE INFORMATION? CHECK THE LINKS
The fire information line remains open but if you have questions that are not about the fire, please go to one of the websites below.
Campfire restrictions: https://tinyurl.com/WADNR-lands-reopen
Forest Closures and alerts: www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/okawen/alerts‐ notices
Information on recreation site status: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recmain/okawen/recreation Smoke information: http://www.wasmoke.blogspot.com/
Interactive fire closure map: https://arcg.is/1O8fC91
Air Quality: https://fire.airnow.gov/