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PostWed Aug 16, 2023 8:25 pm 
MistyMountainHop wrote:
The tool does show some pretty bad smoke come and go south of Glacier Peak
Even with predominantly onshore flow going forward, this fire is now big enough that just the diurnal/nocturnal cycle of temp gradients will create sufficient breezes to advect smoke across White Pass, into Glacier Peak Meadows, and south to Blue Lake at times. Really good idea to implement Plan B.

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PostWed Aug 16, 2023 8:41 pm 
Sculpin wrote:
Really good idea to implement Plan B.
And now to work on a plan C.. Bath lakes high route Lost Creek Ridge/Glacier Peak Meadows/Pilot Ridge loop ... uhh.gif Just trying to experience some GPW goodness doof.gif

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PostThu Aug 17, 2023 6:38 am 
Facebook post yesterday frown.gif U.S Forest Service - Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest 14h ∑ **Update on the Airplane Lake Fire burning in the Glacier Peak Wilderness about 22 miles northwest of Leavenworth, WA.** A recon flight today estimated the size is now 900 acres, following two days of more active fire behavior. The fire is burning on the northeastern aspect of Mt. Saul in the White River drainage. We expect continued fire activity, smoke production, and fire growth for the next 3-5 days until weather conditions moderate. Hot temperatures and increased winds are forecast for Thursday and Friday, before cooler temps and a possibility of rain on Sunday and into next week. Forest employees are currently conducting trail sweeps and developing a closure order for areas immediately around the fire. Impacted areas include the White River Trail, Boulder Creek Trail, Indian Creek Trail, White River Rd beyond Tall Timbers, White River Falls Campground, and Grasshopper Meadows Campground. Chelan County has issued a Level 1 (Ready) evacuation notice for the White River Road (FS 6400) to the west of Tall Timbers. (https://www.facebook.com/CCSOEM/posts/pfbid02CTRFQrkYkmvaRdvuu57CJKhTgMLW7HWvv84nFhevqKXqWau3BntPbVJnFAvYd5psl) We will continue to utilize a confinement suppression strategy utilizing natural features (like rock escarpments, wet drainage bottoms and old fire scars) to contain the fire. Fire personnel will continue to monitor and evaluate the situation and adjust tactics as needed. The Dome Peak Fire is being managed by the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. For information, please contact the Darrington Ranger District at (360) 854-2553. (https://www.facebook.com/MtBakerSnoqualmieNF/posts/pfbid0kDo2o62fnJRtwhjcEVxFBiHuo5KLB6Gvdebn7hydr2PXSpKJ9QxeuGAsxr5oRFNJl)

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PostThu Aug 17, 2023 4:58 pm 
Looking up White River towards Crest from above Boulder Creek confluence. Saul's to the left of me Glacier's to the right.
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PostThu Aug 17, 2023 7:10 pm 
I first hiked into Airplane Lake in 1977. Went back the following year in 78 and three times since. It's a spectacular area, hate to see it thrashed like this. Though there had been a fire through the area in the early 70's some time and it was a lot more open with all the brush burned away

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PostMon Aug 21, 2023 9:45 am 
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PostMon Aug 21, 2023 9:56 am 
Looks like the Airplane Lake Fire is spreading further up the White River Valley and is on the Indian Head Peak ridge now. Getting ever closer to the PCT..

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PostTue Aug 29, 2023 11:49 am 
Looks like the fire has jumped White River to the north side of the valley near Foam Creek. On the bright side, this area burned in 2008, so there shouldn't be much fuel left to push the fire any further west towards White Pass. Here's to hoping the coming rains put this fire to bed.
Satellite detection of the furthest reaches of the Airplane Lake fire with the Foam Creek historic fire perimeter overlay.
Satellite detection of the furthest reaches of the Airplane Lake fire with the Foam Creek historic fire perimeter overlay.

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PostSat Sep 02, 2023 6:56 pm 
Update this evening from the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest post on Facebook (my emphasis): Airplane Lake Fire Update 9-2-2023 🔥 The Airplane Lake Fire is located in the Glacier Peak Wilderness northwest of Plain, WA. A break in weather allowed fire personnel to fly the fire on September 1 to monitor growth and activity. The acreage is now 4,988, compared to the previous acreage of 3,709 acres on August 29. Last nightís flight showed very minimal heat and fire activity on the southeast side of the fire near Boulder pass (see photos for comparison). The majority of activity and the increase in acreage over the last several days has been north of the White River between Foam Creek and Lighting Creek. The fire also continues to grow to the west of Amber Creek towards the Pacific Crest Trail. Fire growth over the last week was driven by erratic, gusty winds and lack of precipitation produced by thunderstorms that came through the fire area. Revisions to the area closure order are in process to close a portion of the Pacific Crest Trail from Dishpan Gap to south of White Pass due to increased fire activity and growth. Forest personnel are sweeping trails and posting the closure for public safety. Fire personnel will continue to assess the situation and take advantage of opportunities to control the fire utilizing natural features (like rock escarpments, wet drainage bottoms and old fire scars) to contain the fire and will adjust tactics as needed. An updated map is available on InciWeb at https://inciweb.wildfire.gov/incident-maps-gallery/wa0617-2023-airplane-lake-owf

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PostSun Sep 03, 2023 9:11 am 
A week ago from Lennox
A week ago from Lennox
Just after sunrise
Just after sunrise
Half hour later
Half hour later
An hour later
An hour later

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PostSun Sep 03, 2023 10:03 am 
kw wrote:
On the bright side, this area burned in 2008
That's the bright side eek.gif

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PostMon Sep 04, 2023 5:58 am 
I sit here trying to figure out what the bright side is

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PostTue Sep 05, 2023 4:21 am 
WENATCHEE, Wa., Aug. 31, 2023ó The Forest Service is hiring Wildland Firefighters into permanent seasonal positions on hand crews, engine crews, hotshot crews, and more. Make a lasting impact on the world around you and unlock opportunities for professional growth and career advancement. Join the Forest Serviceís Oregon or Washington fire organization and be a part of the team that is committed to caring for the land and serving people. Our mission is to protect our natural resources for multiple uses for today and future generations. We are hosting an in-person recruitment event to fill approximately 150 entry level wildland firefighter permanent seasonal positions across the region. Join us in Wenatchee, Washington on Sept. 20, 2023, from 9 AM to 4 PM PST, at the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest Supervisors Office, 215 Melody Lane Wenatchee, WA 98801. Applicants are invited to come and meet regional fire staff, get application help, and learn about the benefits of working for the Forest Service. Applicants can also apply online. Jobs will be posted on USAJobs.gov from Aug. 31 Ė Sept. 29 using the direct hire authority. Review the job announcement carefully for deadlines and required information to include in your application. Employment start dates may vary. For more information visit the National Wildland Firefighting Hiring webpage. Find a detailed list and a map of positions and duty locations on our Regional Fire Hire webpage. Applicants are encouraged to apply for all positions and duty locations they are interested in, as this announcement will be used to backfill new vacancies. Visit the Forest Service Careers webpage to learn more about career opportunities, benefits, hiring events, and resources to help with the application process.

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PostThu Sep 14, 2023 3:32 pm 
Just flew back from the Midwest and got a good view of Glacier Peak and the smoke from the Airplane Lake Fire (as of around noon today):

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PostThu Sep 14, 2023 5:39 pm 
I flew in from the midwest a couple hours later. The bad news is that I didnít have a window seat and didnít get any good views, much less photos. The good news was that we actually made it home which became very much in doubt when I stopped in traffic on I-94 in Wisconsin and glanced in my rear view mirror to see a semi barreling down on me at 70mph. I hit the gas and moved over to the shoulder while the trucker hit his brakes and veered into the left lane with his truck tilting at an an impossible looking angle. Somehow he managed to miss everything and the truck behind him glided to a stop in the spot I had been occupying. The smell of smoking brakes lingered but otherwise everyone went about their way as if nothing had happened. Iím still coming down from the adrenaline rush. I apologize for the off topic post.

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