Jolly Mtn. and Uno Peak Fires less active this weekend

Mop up work on Jolly Mountain fire near Cle Elum/photo credit USFS

The Jolly Mountain Fire, 11 mile NW of Cle Elum grew to 29,432 acres this weekend with crews reaching 15% containment. With cooler temperatures and higher humidity, breezy wind conditions did not significantly increase fire activity. Helicopters were able to fly with clearing sky conditions. On the southwest perimeter firefighters conducted mop-up in the Morgan Creek drainage and areas south. On the east perimeter, firefighters continued back fires into Jungle Creek and mop-up along the southern fire line. Back fires were also conducted along the northern perimeter. The humidity kept the fire less active fire at night. Kittitas County has announced there will be no change in evacuation levels through Monday. The Red Cross shelter remains open at the Putnam Centennial Center (Senior Center) 719 E. 3rd St, Cle Elum.

Hand line crew digs containment line on Uno Peak Fire/photo credit USFS

The Uno Peak Fire was at 7,336 acres and just 1% containment. The fire burning near Lake Chelan and 15 miles NW of Manson had low relative humidity in the higher elevations and the fire was more active Sunday and burned interior pockets of fuels. The fire remained within the containment lines and the haze lifted. Two Black Hawk helicopters from the Washington Air National Guard and a Type 3 helicopter conducted water drops along the eastern edge and interior hot spots. Ground crews continued to build dozer line down Nelson Butte Ridge and the hand line down to the lake was completed. The structure protection crews continued work within the Canoe Creek area. The Canoe Creek area to the west and the Llama Ranch area to the southeast remain under a Level 1 evacuation. Today, some back burning operations may be conducted along Nelson Butte Ridge to strengthen the line, if weather permits. Two helicopters will continue water drops along the fire perimeter on Monday.

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