The Chiwaukum Complex experienced warmer temperatures yesterday. Where there was still sheltered heat, fire behavior increased as expected. Today will be the warmest day since the rain last week with temperatures in the high 80s. Winds will be primarily terrain driven and may gust to 25-35 mph tonight.
Firefighters will continue to work on the fires with safety in mind. The warming trend and winds forecast for Tuesday will test the containment efforts and line construction put in place over the last several days. Sufficient firefighting resources remain in place in Leavenworth and Entiat for any flare ups or new fires in the area.
All helicopters have been moved to the Fish Lake Air Strip and are now in a more central location within the complex.
Today the Duncan Fire will show minimal fire activity with some creeping and little growth is expected. There are still heated areas within the fire that crews will work on as safety permits. Rehabilitation of the Shady Pass Road will continue.
The Hansel Creek Fire still has some heat on the western front. Helicopters used bucket drops yesterday to cool down small flare ups. They will be available to assist crews as needed today. Firefighters have strengthened the lines and will continue rehab efforts on the north side.
Yesterday on the Shoofly Fire, hand crews completed the contingency lines on the south and east flanks of the fire. Today, the crews will patrol the area and monitor the fire.
The Alpine Fire will be patrolled and monitored. Crews completed mop-up efforts yesterday and will continue to work on rehabilitation of the lines today.
The status of the Chiwaukum Creek Fire improved yesterday as engines continued mop up efforts, the hand line on McCue ridge was completed and chipping along Hwy 2 was finished. Crews will patrol the area today.
Approximate Acreages based on overnight infra- red flight:
Chiwaukum Creek: 13,895 ac
Duncan: 12,691 ac
Hansel Creek: 1,054 ac
Shoofly: 163 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: 8
Total Personnel: 721
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
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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/