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Re: Chinook pass closed FYI
« Reply #25 on: August 30, 2017, 11:46:41 AM »
Going to burn into the snow season.  I for one am tired of sucking smoke
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Our valley's been rough recently.  Can we go back to blowing the Norse Peak smoke over to the west side please?!? ;)

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Re: Chinook pass closed FYI
« Reply #26 on: August 30, 2017, 11:47:30 AM »
Over 12,000 acres. That is nearly 19 sections.
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Re: Chinook pass closed FYI
« Reply #27 on: August 30, 2017, 12:03:12 PM »
Yep.  Update from 8/30 at 9am: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5509/39412/

I still hold my opinion that this fire is a good thing overall but DANG it's a beast.  It's officially burned through the Crow Creek Lake basin and one of my favorite fishing holes (Sheepherder Lake).

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Re: Chinook pass closed FYI
« Reply #28 on: August 30, 2017, 12:30:38 PM »
Bet it will be closed another week or so. Fire made a big run today.

Is it smoky in Naches?  We're camping at Elk Ridge.


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Re: Chinook pass closed FYI
« Reply #29 on: August 30, 2017, 01:53:32 PM »
Bet it will be closed another week or so. Fire made a big run today.

Is it smoky in Naches?  We're camping at Elk Ridge


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Smoky for sure but you won't have any trouble getting to Elk Ridge, assuming you're coming from the east.  If you're coming from the west, drive after 8pm or take Cayuse Pass to 12 and come around.

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Re: Chinook pass closed FYI
« Reply #30 on: August 30, 2017, 02:44:32 PM »
Bet it will be closed another week or so. Fire made a big run today.

Is it smoky in Naches?  We're camping at Elk Ridge


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Smoky for sure but you won't have any trouble getting to Elk Ridge, assuming you're coming from the east.  If you're coming from the west, drive after 8pm or take Cayuse Pass to 12 and come around.

We were planning on 90 through Yakima.

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Re: Chinook pass closed FYI
« Reply #31 on: August 30, 2017, 05:20:56 PM »
How much smoke is in the Little Naches area? We had planned on coming over to camp this weekend. With all the closures starting to wonder if it is even worth it.

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Re: Chinook pass closed FYI
« Reply #32 on: August 30, 2017, 05:53:15 PM »
Has anyone been up the 19 road today?  Curious if they have extended the road closures beyond the 1902 yet.

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Re: Chinook pass closed FYI
« Reply #33 on: August 30, 2017, 06:06:18 PM »
Wow, from 2000 to 12000 acres in a few days.

The dead fall in there really is horrendous so I can see how it could last till snow starts flying easy.

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Re: Chinook pass closed FYI
« Reply #34 on: August 30, 2017, 06:19:48 PM »
We were in the Crow Creek basin-north of the closure area planting one of the Crescent Lakes.  Looks like it burned over or soon will. The Sheepherder fire hadn't moved a lot since we saw it on August 13th-clearly it took off.  The PCT is closed between White and Chinook Passes-puts a damper on a Chinook to White with kids we had planned for this weekend.

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Re: Chinook pass closed FYI
« Reply #35 on: August 30, 2017, 06:44:24 PM »
How much smoke is in the Little Naches area? We had planned on coming over to camp this weekend. With all the closures starting to wonder if it is even worth it.
I can't tell you if it's worth it, but I would certainly bet on there being plenty of smoke. 

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Re: Chinook pass closed FYI
« Reply #36 on: August 30, 2017, 07:00:11 PM »
This is what the town of Naches and Mtn Clemens look like at the moment:

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Re: Chinook pass closed FYI
« Reply #37 on: August 30, 2017, 07:05:59 PM »
Fire made it to the west side last night is what I heard.
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Re: Chinook pass closed FYI
« Reply #38 on: August 30, 2017, 07:11:18 PM »
Way smokier than that in Selah right now I can smell it in my house
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Re: Chinook pass closed FYI
« Reply #39 on: August 30, 2017, 07:33:16 PM »
Hopefully the fire doesn't make it to Government Meadows, love the Ulrich cabin on the PCT, nicest cabin I've ever seen in the wilderness.

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Re: Chinook pass closed FYI
« Reply #40 on: August 30, 2017, 08:25:35 PM »
Here it is on the way in.




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Re: Chinook pass closed FYI
« Reply #41 on: August 30, 2017, 08:39:50 PM »
Man, I wonder if we'll have any trees left in there after all's said and done.

Thanks for the pic Stein.

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Re: Chinook pass closed FYI
« Reply #42 on: August 30, 2017, 08:55:10 PM »
Nice Pict Stein    Unfortunately that area has needed burned for 60 yrs

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Re: Chinook pass closed FYI
« Reply #43 on: August 30, 2017, 09:10:03 PM »
Turning into quite the fire
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Re: Chinook pass closed FYI
« Reply #44 on: August 30, 2017, 09:17:27 PM »
Cool pic Stein. We saw the belly dumpers come back to Dalles Port last night from that direction. I'd say that fire is nature started and nature should put it out.  Fire is a good thing in some circumstances.
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Re: Chinook pass closed FYI
« Reply #45 on: August 30, 2017, 09:44:11 PM »
40 mph winds tonight.  It is so smokey. 

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Re: Chinook pass closed FYI
« Reply #46 on: August 30, 2017, 11:38:06 PM »
I can see the glow from this fire from my house in Enumclaw. There is a distinct orange smokey glow above the hills East of town. Crazy.

This could produce great results for elk/deer numbers up there for the next 15 years.

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Re: Chinook pass closed FYI
« Reply #47 on: August 31, 2017, 07:48:15 AM »
There are many spots in our state with old dead falls and disease that need a good fire.  Yeah, it sucks but until logging practices improve, it will need cleaned up.  The real crappy part is that while it cleans up the old dead falls, it will create more new ones with the current live trees.
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Re: Chinook pass closed FYI
« Reply #48 on: August 31, 2017, 08:40:20 AM »
Cool pic Stein. We saw the belly dumpers come back to Dalles Port last night from that direction. I'd say that fire is nature started and nature should put it out.  Fire is a good thing in some circumstances.

Totally.  It's a lightening-started fire in a designated Wilderness, and they're just trying to keep it from getting out of control and burning the cabins near 410 as well as the Bumping and Ravens Roost areas.  I for one fully intend to place a camera up there next spring and watch the critters move back in :).

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Re: Chinook pass closed FYI
« Reply #49 on: August 31, 2017, 08:44:21 AM »
Updated news on the website looks like the 19 road is closed. Still waiting to see the actual closure though.

 

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