A Community Meeting will be held tonight Thursday, August 14 at 7:00 pm at the Valley Hi Fire Station. All members of the public are invited to attend.
Ten thousand lightning strikes occurred last night in the Northwest states, accompanied by 1/4 inch to nearly 1⁄2 an inch of rain within the incident area. Fuels remain very moist; however, fire danger still exists. Lightning may have ignited new fires which could show up over the next several days. Initial attack crews are available to respond to any new starts.
Thursday and Friday fire behavior is expected to be more benign. However, fires are still expected to creep and smolder under forested areas with heavy canopy. Large woody fuels are still dry. By Saturday, conditions are expected to dry up and those fine fuels will once again burn easily.
Progress on the Duncan Fire was made difficult by wet conditions. Heavy rains caused a creek channel to change direction, threatening nearby homes. Firefighters showed considerable flexibility by working with the local Forest Service Ranger District, moving and placing sandbags to mitigate stream overflow.
Duncan Fire Evacuation Levels remain the same.
Crews are continuing to make progress on the north/northeastern portion of the Hansel Creek Fire. At the western edge of the fire, firefighters made significant progress building fireline toward a rocky area and conducting mop-up. The fire remains west of Highway 97. Structure protection is in place and the portion of the fire closest to Highway 97 remains secured.
Level 2 Evacuation Notices on Highway 97 have been downgraded to Level 1 in the stretch of the highway from Ingalls Creek to Camas Creek Road, and in Valley Hi from Ingalls Ln. to Cottonwood Ln. Level 3 Evacuation Notices have been downgraded to Level 2 between Ingalls Creek Rd, Hanzel Cr. Rd, and Pine Ridge Rd.
Wet conditions are making travel difficult towards the Shoofly Fire. Very steep terrain has made direct attack difficult. Firefighters are developing contingencies on Lake Creek Road and the Heather Creek Drainage that may be used as containment lines.
The Alpine Fire is now 100% lined, and 80% contained, and will be unstaffed today.
Mop-up continues on the northwest corner of Chiwaukum Creek Fire at McCue Ridge. Rehabilitation of the fire lines and mop-up activities continue. Spotting along the western/northwestern edges of the fire has been contained, and hoselines are being removed from the line. Level 1 Evacuation Notices have been issued on Coulier Rd.
Public Safety: Successive rain events are expected to occur throughout the day, with the possibility of 3/10 of an inch within a 20 minute period. Wet conditions, mixed with erosion from the fire have caused Flash Flood Warnings in effect through Friday night.
There are multiple fires in the area with large equipment and increased road traffic. Fire equipment may be on the roads at any time during the day as they respond to new starts, and wet conditions make roads dangerous, so please travel with caution.
All major roads including Highway 2 and Highway 97 are open. Businesses in surrounding communities remain open and ready for business!
Approximate Acreages based on overnight infra- red flight:
Chiwaukum Creek: 13,895 ac
Duncan: 12,502 ac
Hansel Creek: 1016 ac
Shoofly: 160 ac
Alpine: 19 ac
Chiwaukum Creek: 70%
Hansel Creek: 60%
Mills Canyon: 100%
Kelly Mountain: 100%
Chris Schulte, Pacific Northwest National Incident Management Team 2
Resources on the Fires:
Water Tenders: 11
Total Personnel: 916
Structures Lost: 4
1 outbuilding and
3 seasonal cabins
USDA- Okanogan- Wenatchee National Forest
USDI-Bureau of Land Management
Chelan Co. Fire Districts 1, 3, 4, 6, 8 & 9
Washington State DNR
WA National Guard
WA Dept. of Transportation
Chelan Co. Sheriff’s Department
Chelan County Emergency Services posts updated evacuations and closures at facebook.com/pages/Chelan-County-Emergency-Management/188543097925415 or follow them on twitter @ChelanCountyEM.
Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest: http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/okawen/alerts-notices
Smoke Information: http://wasmoke.blogspot.com/
SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4070/ (Hansel Creek)
Facebook: Chiwaukum Creek WAFire
Additional information for this fire can be found on the #ChiwaukumComplex Inciweb page: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3976/