Crescent Mountain And Gilbert Fires Update

PM report:

Crescent Mountain and Gilbert fires briefing image.

Dep Don getting briefed on the Crescent Mountain and Gilbert Fires from Public Information Officers Connie Mehmel and Jack West.

Here is the most current info we have on the Crescent fire, burning up the Twisp River drainage approx. 16 mi. from Twisp.

It is about 4 mi. from the first structure it could impact.

First, there will be another community info mtg, 6:30 at the Twisp Comm Ctr. tomorrow, (Wed) @ 6:30pm

The fire grew by another 2500 acres yesterday making total acreage burned probably around 9,500 acres but that’s an estimate.

The fire grew both to the north east towards the Gilbert Fire which started at the same time but has not grown, getting as far as Abernathy Ridge.

There was also growth in the south east, going over Williams Creek, up to the War Creek Ridge and down the Twisp River drainage (along the road) for about a mile yesterday

making the fire approx. 4 mi from the first structures it may encounter. and 16 mi from Twisp.

There has been a large influx of man power (330 total) and heavy metal.

Work continues evaluating ingress and egress routes, widening and preparing holding positions at the following roads:

Little Bridge Creek, Buttermilk, Thompson Ridge, & War Creek.

Work is also being done assessing and preparing for structure protection in the Twisp River drainage.

There is currently a level 2 evacuation notice for residents above the road closure at the intersection of Buttermilk Road and Twisp River Road.

Level 2 means prepare now to go should the evacuation level be elevated to a level 3.

With hot predicted weather, the fire is expected to continue to move eastward and could result in an elevation to a level 3 for upper Twisp River Residents in the near future.

Level 3 means leave the area immediately.

Don Ashford KTRT FM

8/7/18 16:30