Nine Mile Fire update 8-9-21

News Release August 9, 2021

Orient, WA – The Nine Mine Fire is located 4.5 miles south / southeast from Laurier, WA. This lighting caused fire started on Wednesday, August 4th and has burned approximately 117 acres of forested land.

Evacuations: As of 1:00 pm on Sunday August 8th the evacuation level has been reduced to level 1. Level 1 is Ready, in the Ready, Set, Go, all hazards evacuation system. Ready means get prepared, changing fire conditions can change evacuation levels and you may need to leave your home. This level 1 notice is for homes on Imperial Way and Sand Creek Rd.

Road Closures: Nine Mine Rd. remains closed.

Yesterdays wetting rains were very beneficial to firefighters working containment lines on the fire. The steady rain allows firefighters to work the rainwater into the soil along containment lines with hand tools. Yesterday’s rain and cooler temperatures have been favorable to containment and suppression efforts improving overall fire containment to 20%.

Today, Firefighter’s efforts today will be to continue direct fire attack where appropriate. Crews will continue to construct containment lines.

The cooler weather this morning will continue to help these suppression efforts. However sunny skies and rising temperatures with reduced relative humidity are a concern that will be monitored throughout the day. Firefighters will take advantage of todays weather to reinforce containment lines and mop up operations. The goal is to get 100% of the fire lined and moped up 100’ into the fire from the line.

Yesterday’s weather prevented Incident Management from deploying firefighters to the Jenny fire. The Jenney Fire is a 5-acre fire due west of the Nine Mine fire. Nine Mine Incident Management Team is planning to deploy a 4-person crew by helicopter to line and mop-up the Jenny Fire today. This crew will remain in place until mop-up is complete.

You can also follow up on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/newimt3/

And Inciweb at: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7783/

Public and Fire Fighter Safety is The Number One priority

Do not enter the burn area of the fire.  Fire weakened trees can fall suddenly, and hot deep ash pits can cause severe burns and are present within the burned area



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