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Re: Fires in Eastern Wa
« Reply #25 on: September 02, 2017, 03:28:46 PM »
It's got me smoldering but thats the way it goes in the wilderness.  :chuckle:

I got no backup plan and its the area our camp has hunted for years so at this point I'm not sure what plan B is going to look like. Going to have to broaden my horizons I suppose.

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Re: Fires in Eastern Wa
« Reply #26 on: September 02, 2017, 10:26:18 PM »
I'm in the same boat and agree with thom9719, closed access and lost my plans A and B for Peaches archery.  Not the end of the world,  we'll just have to be creative! A big thanks to all the firefighters.

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Re: Fires in Eastern Wa
« Reply #27 on: September 03, 2017, 08:00:17 AM »
Same peaches boat as others, but with the rifle tag I at least have some time on my side.  Once it leaves the wilderness area, they may get more aggressive since it would threaten campsites and roads, but that isn't certain.  As it stands, probably 1/3 to 1/2 of the huntable ground has burned in that unit - and probably some of the most popular areas for boots and hooves.  It will really mix things up for sure.

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Re: Fires in Eastern Wa
« Reply #28 on: September 03, 2017, 08:09:18 AM »
They officially closed a huge chunk of the land in 346. The entire south wester half of the unit is closed. Kaner Flats are is still open, but anything past that is closed. Not the end of the world for elk hunting. Working on other plans...and crying over my two burned trail cams  :cryriver:

https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5509/39819/
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Re: Fires in Eastern Wa
« Reply #29 on: September 03, 2017, 11:19:41 AM »
Great video Trophyhunt!  Really puts the size of these fires into perspective.  My prayers are with those affected and those working to get these under control!

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Re: Fires in Eastern Wa
« Reply #30 on: September 03, 2017, 11:27:02 AM »
They officially closed a huge chunk of the land in 346. The entire south wester half of the unit is closed. Kaner Flats are is still open, but anything past that is closed. Not the end of the world for elk hunting. Working on other plans...and crying over my two burned trail cams  :cryriver:

https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5509/39819/

If your cams survived you'll have some great fire footage. :tup:
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Re: Fires in Eastern Wa
« Reply #31 on: September 03, 2017, 07:32:50 PM »
They officially closed a huge chunk of the land in 346. The entire south wester half of the unit is closed. Kaner Flats are is still open, but anything past that is closed. Not the end of the world for elk hunting. Working on other plans...and crying over my two burned trail cams  :cryriver:

https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5509/39819/

If your cams survived you'll have some great fire footage. :tup:

I hope at least one of them survives. One is in the valley that is currently being burned...The other is higher than that (to the north). Time will tell...time will tell.
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Re: Fires in Eastern Wa
« Reply #32 on: September 03, 2017, 07:39:29 PM »
Took these last night from the top of Quartze Mtn.

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Re: Fires in Eastern Wa
« Reply #33 on: September 04, 2017, 08:49:53 AM »
Probably a nice view of both fires up there. 


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Re: Fires in Eastern Wa
« Reply #34 on: September 04, 2017, 09:20:39 AM »
Was grouse hunting Uno peak fire area this weekend. Pretty hot and dry up there. But was able to get some grouse. USFS guy mentioned he thought the fire would make it out past Grade Creek to Windy Gap next week. Hope they get some much needed rain and not dry lightning this week.

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Re: Fires in Eastern Wa
« Reply #35 on: September 05, 2017, 09:07:33 AM »
Now the title needs changed to eastern/western fires!  Crystal mountain is now on fire, cabins are in danger of going up! 

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Re: Fires in Eastern Wa
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Re: Fires in Eastern Wa
« Reply #37 on: September 05, 2017, 09:19:59 AM »
luckily nothing at crystal except landscape has burned. I'm not a skier, but without crystal, greenwater would probably almost cease to exist, and we already have so few small towns anymore.
if you can believe the weather people (who are wrong more than ray charles guessing what your wearing), theres a "chance" of scattered showers later this week, but the catch 22 is they are thinking they will bring lightning with......
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Re: Fires in Eastern Wa
« Reply #38 on: September 05, 2017, 09:35:58 AM »
It's so smoky visibility is only about 400 yards in much of the northeast, a bear was spotted at 170 yards last night and was tough to see, never even got a shot.
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Re: Fires in Eastern Wa
« Reply #39 on: September 05, 2017, 09:40:52 AM »
hope your cabin is OK Band.

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Re: Fires in Eastern Wa
« Reply #40 on: September 05, 2017, 09:42:05 AM »
It's so smoky visibility is only about 400 yards in much of the northeast, a bear was spotted at 170 yards last night and was tough to see, never even got a shot.

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Re: Fires in Eastern Wa
« Reply #41 on: September 05, 2017, 09:44:29 AM »
Don't they carry a gps?
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Re: Fires in Eastern Wa
« Reply #42 on: September 05, 2017, 03:06:33 PM »
You guys think the naneum, umptanum units will be good to hunt for the opener? Or should a guy look for plan b?

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Re: Fires in Eastern Wa
« Reply #43 on: September 05, 2017, 03:12:30 PM »
You guys think the naneum unit will be good to hunt for the opener? Or should a guy look for plan b?

Opener of what? Early archery elk, I assume? If so, it seems it most likely wouldn't be affected by any of the current fires. Other than the air might not be real clear.

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Re: Fires in Eastern Wa
« Reply #44 on: September 05, 2017, 03:15:41 PM »
Everyone should just stay home for the early archery season because of the fires

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Re: Fires in Eastern Wa
« Reply #45 on: September 05, 2017, 03:31:44 PM »
You guys think the naneum unit will be good to hunt for the opener? Or should a guy look for plan b?

Opener of what? Early archery elk, I assume? If so, it seems it most likely wouldn't be affected by any of the current fires. Other than the air might not be real clear.

Thanks. I was thinking the air quality wouldn't be the best, and I know it's a was away but I was worried the fires would shut the area down for fear of how fast they can move. Looks like I was prob worrying about nothing, hopefully .

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Re: Fires in Eastern Wa
« Reply #46 on: September 05, 2017, 06:10:10 PM »
They moved the closure of the crest trail from government meadows to snoqualmie pass. Has anyone been up there to see if the other trails north of the 1900 are closed?

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Re: Fires in Eastern Wa
« Reply #47 on: September 05, 2017, 06:39:44 PM »
They moved the closure of the crest trail from government meadows to snoqualmie pass. Has anyone been up there to see if the other trails north of the 1900 are closed?

 :yike: to snoqualmie pass???  :bash:
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Re: Fires in Eastern Wa
« Reply #48 on: September 05, 2017, 06:55:51 PM »
hope your cabin is OK Band.
Thanks.  So far, so good.  The fire is within 4 miles of the place but I feel pretty confident the firefighters will be able to save us.  Lots of other cabins even closer and I know they're doing their best to save everything.  We ended our long weekend 2 days early to go check it out, bring back some irreplaceable items and try to make the place as fireproof as we could.  Ready to race over there with a bigger vehicle to save the elk at a moment's notice if necessary. :)

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Re: Fires in Eastern Wa
« Reply #49 on: September 05, 2017, 07:03:06 PM »
They moved the closure of the crest trail from government meadows to snoqualmie pass. Has anyone been up there to see if the other trails north of the 1900 are closed?

 :yike: to snoqualmie pass???  :bash:

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The Pacific Crest Trail is closing/closed for 70 miles from Chinook Pass on Highway 410 (mile 2321) to Snoqualmie Pass (~mile 2391) due to the Norse Peak and Sawmill Ridge Fires.

The Norse Peak Fire started during a lightning storm on August 11, 2017. That storm ignited 13 fires within the Naches Ranger District of Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Washington.

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