The Wenatchee River Ranger District will be holding a public meeting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 27th at the Lake Wenatchee Rec Club Hall. In a press release, the Wenatchee River Ranger District of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest said fire managers will be on hand to discuss the beneficial fire effects of managing the Buck Creek and Saul fires as well as to address any concerns of the local community. In addition to the Buck Creek Fire, crews will also be actively managing the Saul Fire to reduce future fire risk and improve forest health along the upper Chiwawa River.
The Buck Creek Fire is currently estimated to be 2,000 acres in size, while the Saul Fire is 24 acres. The Saul Fire was first reported to the Wenatchee River Ranger Station early Sunday August 21, 2016 from a backpacker who had hiked down the Indian Creek Trail from the Pacific Crest Trail. It is believed that the Saul Fire was started by lightening at the same time that the Buck Creek Fire started. However, the fact that the area around the Saul Fire has seen fire activity in the recent past, has contributed to its much slower growth. “This is a perfect example of how a fire adapted ecosystem can help influence the spread of wildfires,” said Wenatchee River Ranger District Fire Management Officer, Cary Stock. “With the early snow-off date this year, everything has lined up for us, and continues to line up for us, to manage these fires for wilderness values and resource objectives.” The public meeting begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, August 27th at the Lake Wenatchee Rec Club, 14400 Chiwawa Loop Road in Leavenworth. See more at KPQ.com