No overnight growth but new firefighters arrive on Thursday
Firefighters took advantage of the cool, humid weather on Wednesday to make further progress on the Schneider Springs blaze in the north while preparing for the potential of a return to drier conditions this weekend and next week.
A bunch of new firefighters arrived on the scene Thursday. In fact, the Northwest 10 Incident Management Team greeted the Nevada Grand Basin 3 Incident Management Team upon their arrival on Wednesday.
Officials at the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest said the fire did not develop overnight and remained at 107,118 acres, with containment remaining the same as Wednesday at 55%.
FIRE FIGHTERS HOPING FOR MORE CONTAINMENT ON THURSDAY
They say Thursday;
“Firefighters will continue to take advantage of favorable conditions to fortify containment lines, repair damage from suppression, mitigate risk and monitor the fire. Incoming Team 3 will spend the day following Team 10 to ensure a smooth transition as possible. Team 3 will take command of the incident at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 30. “
As the days go by, firefighters and equipment are removed from the fire lines. At the height of the fire, more than 700 firefighters and resources were dedicated to the blaze. Today, more than 300 people and resources remain on the lines of fire at the Schneider Springs Fire. As of Thursday, the number is at 370 resources, including crews (9); Motors (20); (2); Other heavy equipment (11).
Closures: Certain closures on Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest lands remain in effect. More information can be found at: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/7775/. Washington Department of Natural Resources (WADNR) lands continue to have restrictions on campfires. Since September 16, the lands managed by WADNR outside the fire zone have been open. For more information: https://tinyurl.com/WADNR-lands-reopen.