Nine Mine Fire Update and Map 08.16.2021

News Release August 16, 2021

Please Note: Final Nine Mine Fire update will be posted on Tuesday August 17, 2021

Orient, WA – The Nine Mine Fire is located 4.5 miles south/southeast of Laurier, WA. This lightning caused fire started on Wednesday, August 4th and has a burned approximately 164 acres of forested land.

Evacuations: Yesterday evening the Level 2 evacuation for 3733 A-Z, N. Sand Creek Rd was lifted and is now in Level 1 status.  The remaining Sand Creek addresses and Imperial Way remain under level 1 evacuation.

Road Closures: No closures

Yesterday During the day, firefighters continued extinguishing hotspots along the northwest, north, and northeast portions of the fire. Firefighters using ground based infrared (IR) detectors found very few hotspots along the eastern perimeter of the fire, so fire managers extended the eastern containment line, increasing total containment to 70%. A dry cold front moved through the area last night, resulting in decreased temperatures and increased relative humidity. A rock slide was reported on the western side of the fire last night.

Today Firefighters will scout the area of last night’s rock slide and extinguish embers that may have rolled into unburned fuels toward the west while taking extra precautions to watch for continued rock slide activity. The east and south edges of the fire are in patrol status, as firefighters watch for and extinguish hot spots near the established fireline.  Areas interior to firelines will continue to have hotspots and areas of smoking vegetation. If visibility allows for helicopter flights, firefighters will use water drops to cool areas as needed.

Weather for today: Continued cooling with a chance of rain showers and possible isolated thunderstorms in the afternoon. Light north winds.

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Quick Facts Nine Mine Fire
Incident Start: August 4, 2021
Approximate Size:
  Approx. 164 acres
70% Contained  
Assigned Resources
on the
  Hand Crews: 3  Engines: 4 Dozers 1  
Total Personnel on Incident:   92
Fire Cause: Lightning
Evacuation Orders: Level 1 – Be ready:  N and S Sand Creek Rd. Imperial Way Road  
Road Closures None

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