Schneider Springs Fire evacuations reduced as fire tops 80k acres

NILE, Wash. — Approaching a month of activity, the Schneider Springs Fire has surpassed 80,000 acres in damages across natural land near the border of Yakima and Kittitas Counties. In light of recent firefighting efforts and increased resources, officials on the ground have elected to reduce evacuation levels for the surrounding region.

According to a Monday, August 30 update from the U.S. Forest Service, the Schneider Springs fire remains 8% contained at 80,841 total acres damaged. Over the weekend, teams monitored the perimeter of the blaze and implemented a firing operation, which increased activity within the fire’s perimeter. That way, crews could methodically focus on containing the edge of the wildfire.

As some crews mopped up along Malloy Road down to Bethel ridge, which is pictured in the gallery above, others protected critical infrastructure in the area including commercial buildings and private property near the south edge of the fire. A perimeter has been established on the south side of the blaze from Bethel Ridge (WA DNR land) to the William O. Douglas wilderness boundary.

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On Monday morning, Yakima Valley Emergency Management announced several evacuation reductions for the surrounding area of the Schneider Springs Fire.

Schneider Springs Fire Evacuation Map 8-30-2021

Evacuations, forest closures, and wildfire perimeters are down in a public information map for the Schneider Springs Fire in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest as of August 30, 2021, at 8 a.m. (via Schneider Springs Fire, Facebook).

From the north side to the south side of Bumping River Road, evacuation orders have been reduced to Level 2 (Get Set). Warnings at Highway 410 from Bumping River Rd to U.S. Route 12; and from U.S. 12 at Highway 410 to Tieton Reservoir Road, have been reduced to Level 1 (Get Ready). Please be advised that a temporary closure order is in effect for all land in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest at this time.

On Monday, teams are observing a Red Flag Warning being issued due to high temperature and fire danger across Southern Washington. Weather experts project higher-than-normal winds to gust through the National Forest. As a result, fire crews are shifting their attention to the Bethel Ridge fire lines, where they plan to halt the fire’s growth to the south.

FIRST ALERT WEATHER: Red Flag Warning issued Monday morning ahead of a warm, extremely dry & breezy day

Aerial resources are being requested to assist with these efforts as needed. Helicopters have been particularly helpful, dropping buckets full of water onto hotspots across the forest. While aerial crews take to the skies to help out, ground teams will be responsible for clearing thick timber and downed trees near planned construction.

Engines continue to patrol Bumping River Rd, Cliffdell, Gold Creek, and the community of Nile. However, fire activity has been stagnant on the north end as of recently. Therefore, extra attention is shifting to the lower half of the Schneider Springs Fire.

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