Firefighters took advantage of cool and moist weather on Wednesday to make additional progress on the Schneider Springs Fire in the north while preparing for the potential of a return to drier conditions this weekend and into next week.

THE GREAT BASIN INCIDENT MANAGEMENT TEAM TAKES OVER THURSDAY

A bunch of new firefighters are arriving on the scene Thursday. In fact the Northwest Incident Management Team 10 welcomed Great Basin Incident Management Team 3 from Nevada when they arrived on Wednesday.
Officials with the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest say the fire didn't grow overnight and remains at 107,118 acres with containment remaining the same as Wednesday at 55%.

FIREFIGHTERS HOPING TO GET MORE CONTAINMENT THURSDAY

They say on Thursday;
"Firefighters will continue to capitalize on favorable conditions to fortify containment lines, repair suppression damage, mitigate hazards and monitor the fire. The incoming Team 3 will spend the day shadowing Team 10 to ensure as seamless a transition as possible. Team 3 will take command of the incident at 6 p.m. on Thursday, September 30."
As the days progress firefighters and equipment is being moved off the fire lines. At the height of the fire more than 700 firefighters and resources were dedicated to the fire. Today more than 300 people and resources remain on the fire lines of the Schneider Springs Fire. Thursday the number is at 370 resources including Crews (9); Engines (20); (2); Other Heavy Equipment (11).

Closures: Some closures on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest lands remain in effect. More information can be found at: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/7775/. Washington Dept. of Natural Resources (WADNR) lands continue to have restrictions on campfires. As of September 16, WADNR managed lands outside the fire area are open. For more information: https://tinyurl.com/WADNR-lands-reopen.

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