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Two fires burning in Naches Ranger District

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NACHES RANGER DISTRICT -- Two fires are still burning in the Naches Ranger District within the William O. Douglas Wilderness. Both fires are the result of lightning strikes over the past several days.

 The Bootjack fire is burning north of U.S. Highway 12 in the wilderness above Rimrock Lake/Andy Creek.  Currently there are 18 Smoke jumpers and 4 Rappellars on the fire.  A 20 person hotshot crew will arrive Saturday to assist in fighting this fire. The latest report has this fire at five acres. No structures are threatened.

The Boulder Creek fire is burning north of Bumping Lake.  The fire originated from a strike near the top of American Ridge and is burning slowly down the south facing slope.  Spring like conditions still exist at this elevation and humidity has been higher than 45%.

 Crews have been laying hose near Bumping Lake summer homes on or near Bumping Lake and will be clearing brush and debris from around the cabins over the coming days.

 The fire is expected to creep down the slope over the next few days potentially reaching the lake shore.

No structures are threatened.  This fire is highly visible from Bumping Lake and Goose Prairie. The fire is estimated at 100 acres.  Fire is creeping down slope through heavy timber with occasional torching of bug killed trees.  Additional crews have been ordered to assist in building defensible space around the summer home group and laying hose. 

Bumping Drainage and American Ridge are popular hiking areas and for the safety of the public and firefighters several trails have been closed.  American Ridge and Bumping Lake Trails are closed.  All trail heads will be posted with closures.

 Trail heads from State Route 410 (ChinookPass) leading up to American Ridge and the Bumping may have closures posted.