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Fall moisture and cooler temperatures has reduced fire activity in the last two weeks and increased containment on all fires. As of September 30, the Delancy Fire is 223 acres with 100% containment, the Cedar Creek Fire is 55,842 acres with 90% containment, and the Cub Creek 2 Fire is 70,168 acres with 92% containment. Fire continues to burn actively within Varden, Cedar, and South Fork Wolf Creeks in the Cedar Creek fire, and within Disaster and Eightmile Creeks and near Buck Lake in the Cub Creek 2 fire. District staff expect some fire behavior to continue within both fires until a season-ending event such as long-term rain or snowfall.
The intensive suppression repair work with heavy machinery has been completed on the Cedar Creek and Cub Creek 2 fires. Expect to see ongoing work within both fire perimeters as seeding, soil stabilization, and other repair tasks continue over the next several weeks. All fires are under district management and monitored regularly for additional needs.
Closure Area Update:
With reduced fire behavior and completion of most of the suppression repair work, access to both fire areas will increase as of October 1, 2021. As you enter these areas, be alert for falling rocks, rolling logs, weakened trees, and debris flows. In the Cedar Creek fire area, Slate Creek Trail #414 and several trails in the Chickadee Trailhead vicinity have opened, along with Thompson Ridge Road #4410 and part of Little Wolf Creek Road #4410500. Cedar Creek Trail #476, Wolf Creek Trail #527, Thompson Ridge, and several other trails within severely burned areas will remain closed at this time.
In the Cub Creek 2 fire area, Eightmile Road #5130, Ortell Creek Road #5220, Ruffed Grouse and Honeymoon Campgrounds, and the Sweetgrass Butte area are now open, along with the Ortell Creek drainage and portions of Eightmile Creek drainage north and west of where the pavement ends on Eightmile Road #5130, and the uplands of Twentymile and North Fork Boulder Creek. While these main access roads provide the opportunity to drive into the fire area, camping is still closed at dispersed sites and at Buck Lake, Flat, Nice, Chewuch, and Falls Creek campgrounds as district staff follow public safety recommendations from the Burned Area Emergency Response team. Copper Glance Trail #519 and all trails out of Eightmile Trailhead are now open, while Falls Creek Falls Trail #518 and Crystal Lake Trail #517 remain closed, as does Forest Road #5160250 between Andrews and Thirtymile Trailheads as road repair work continues.
While the fire closure has been lifted from most of the Little Bridge Creek drainage and from Ramsey Creek, yearly wildlife closures go into effect on October 1 and will keep some roads in these areas closed until next spring.
Several areas within both fires remain closed due to public safety concerns such as continued fire behavior, hazard trees, and/or increased probability of debris flows. Within the Cedar Creek Fire perimeter, these areas include the Silver Star and Varden Creek drainages, Cedar Creek and Wolf Creek Trailheads and trails, Sandy Butte Road #5310100, and Forest Road #4410100 on Thompson Ridge. Within the Cub Creek 2 fire, areas closed due to these concerns include the Doe, Falls, Brevicomis, Leroy, Junior, and Bromas Creek drainages; and the area accessed by Lamb Butte Road #5130100.
Visit USFS Pacific Northwest Region Emergency Closures for locations and details of current closures. Fire closure orders and maps are also available here. Fire closure areas are assessed weekly. We appreciate your patience over these long months of fires and suppression repair and ask for your continued respect for these closures to help ensure your safety and the safety of our firefighters.
For access or fire-related questions or information, please contact the Methow Valley Ranger District during business hours at 509-996-4000.
Cedar Creek Fire https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7655
Cub Creek 2 Fire https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7675/
Highway Information: https://www.wsdot.com/traffic/trafficalerts/default.aspx
Fire Restrictions: None. Campfires are allowed in dispersed sites, campgrounds and wilderness areas across the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.