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Pushing FEMA to Reconsider8/21/2014

 

Murray, Cantwell, Hastings, Reichert Push FEMA to Reconsider Denial


 

On Wednesday (8/20/2014) the federal delegation representing impacted areas in Washington state sent a letter to the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), expressing their disappointment in the denial of Gov. Inslee’s request for individual assistance for families impacted by wildfires in Okanogan County and public assistance in Chelan County.

 

The full text of the letter follows: 

The Honorable W. Craig Fugate

Administrator

Federal Emergency Management Agency

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

500 C Street Southwest

Washington, DC  20472

 

Dear Administrator Fugate:

 We write to express our disappointment in the denial of Washington Governor Jay Inslee’s request for individual assistance in Okanogan County and public assistance in Chelan County.

 While the Washington State Emergency Management Division (EMD) works with Chelan County and Okanogan County to gather additional data on the damage to infrastructure and to improve the fidelity of cost estimates, we request you and your staff at Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Headquarters and in Region X provide assistance to EMD to ensure any appeal filed by Governor Inslee includes the necessary data and information to be given full and due consideration. We also ask you to reconsider the decision to deny individual assistance for housing support, disaster crisis counseling, and disaster unemployment in Okanogan County and public assistance in Chelan County.

 As you know, Washington state is having one of the worst wildfire seasons in its history. Lightning storms in the region sparked more than 150 fires in mid-July, and new starts have continued to occur through August. To date, wildfires in Washington state have consumed more than 350,000 acres of land, five times the annual average of acres burned. Wildfires this season have broken nearly every state record –more acres scorched, more homes and businesses burned, and more critical infrastructure damaged or destroyed than in any previous season.

 The Carlton Complex wildfire across Okanogan and Chelan Counties and the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation exemplifies the intensity and concentrated nature of these firestorms. This wildfire was ignited on July 14, 2014, and has grown to become the largest in Washington state history – scorching more than 400 square miles. The Carlton Complex alone has forced the evacuation of more than 1,000 Okanogan County residents, and destroyed more than 450 structures, including more than 300 family homes. The estimated assessed value of these home losses is $28 million. Additionally, the Washington Insurance Commissioner estimates that 45-percent of these homes are uninsured losses. Without assistance, these losses will financially devastate hundreds of families.

 Compounding the loss of these houses is the lack of unoccupied housing in Okanogan County. While local hotels are normally relied upon to address disaster-triggered housing shortages, the County’s thriving summer and fall tourism industry has significantly diminished the number of rooms available to displaced Okanogan County households. Combined, this has created an acute housing shortage. Given that many of the families and individuals displaced by these fires work within the agricultural and tourism industries, their potential relocation out of Okanogan County threatens the long-term economic outlook of their communities. As you can see, federal assistance is needed immediately to stem this housing shortage and protect the region’s future economic health.

 We are proud that Washington state is home to a strong agriculture economy, with farmers, ranchers, and agriculture businesses located throughout our state. Okanogan County is no exception. The County supported more than 1,440 farms in 2012 and is a major producer of apples, cherries, pears, forage, wheat, and cattle with a market value of $287 million. Of the Washingtonians living in Okanogan County, approximately 45-percent of the total workforce is tied to the agriculture sector. However, as the Carlton Complex wildfire moved through Okanogan County it killed an estimated 1,000 cattle, blackened thousands of acres of grazing land, scorched more than 100 acres of orchard, and destroyed critical farming equipment, including at least 30 miles of orchard fencing used to protect the tree fruit from deer and other pests. Despite these losses, the harvest must continue. However, because of the housing shortage our orchards are struggling to find enough labor to harvest crops.

 Lastly, we would like to address the issue of whether losses were scattered or concentrated in a particular geographic area. Okanogan County is an extremely rural area of Washington state – composed of 5,315 square miles and an estimated population of 41,000 people. The more than 300 homes that were burned were either in unincorporated areas of the county or very small towns that are ill-equipped to deal with such monumental losses. For instance, losses were especially concentrated in the small town of Pateros, where 87 homes were destroyed. This town has 276 housing units and an estimated population of 660, of which more than a quarter are below the federal poverty level. In Pateros the fire devastated two square blocks when destroying 12 businesses and significantly damaging 10 more. In the Alta Lake neighborhood of Pateros alone, the fire destroyed more than 40 homes. In total, more than 30-percent of all housing units were destroyed in this small town. While this is one example, you can see the damage caused by these wildfires is significant and in spite of the large, rural geographic area the damage is in most cases highly concentrated.

 Local communities and state agencies have responded admirably, but a disaster of this magnitude requires long-term federal assistance to help these communities respond, rebuild, and cope with this tragedy. Because there are no comparable Washington state programs, FEMA assistance with housing and household goods is necessary. As Governor Inslee indicated by making his request for assistance, the state does not have housing or a disaster program able to meet the needs of those impacted by the fire and is simply unable to address these losses without federal assistance.  

 While we write to express our disappointment in the denial of Governor Inslee’s request for individual assistance in Okanogan County and public assistance in Chelan County, we request that you and your staff at FEMA Headquarters and in Region X provide assistance to the Washington State Emergency Management Division to ensure any appeal filed by Governor Inslee includes the necessary data and information to be given full and due consideration. We also ask you to reconsider the decision to deny individual assistance with housing support, disaster crisis counseling, and disaster unemployment in Okanogan County and public assistance in Chelan County.

Thank you in advance for your quick attention to this matter.

Sincerely, United States Senator PattyMurray

United States Senator Maria Cantwell

Member of Congress Doc Hastings

Member of Congress Dave Reichert


 

Cc:       The Honorable Jeh Johnson, Secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Elizabeth Zimmerman, Deputy Associate Administrator for the Office of Response & Recovery, Federal Emergency Management Agency

 



Monday AM News 8/18/148/18/2014

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FEMA Appeal Worksheet8/18/2014

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+ News for the week of August 10, 2014

Fill The Bus Event8/14/2014

A fill the bus school supply drive will be happening this weekend at Walmart. Supplies will be given equally to Methow/Pateros/Brewster school districts. Representatives from teh Carlton Complex will be there from 10am - 2pm on Friday through Sunday (15th-17th) but you can continue to donate until the end of August. If you have any questions please contact Nikki Gebbers at 733-2403.



Okanogan County Sheriff's Vehicles8/13/2014

 AM News Wednesday 081314 Okanogan Vehicles

The Okanogan County Sheriff's are getting some help from their colleagues at the Department of Fish and Wildlife. The Sheriff's aging fleet of vehicles are falling apart and breaking down after being over used during the chaos of the Carlton Complex Fires, leaving the Sheriff's short handed. As for when new vehicles can be purchased for the Sheriff's Department is up to the commissioners, and seems to be long overdue. The officers themselves are not the only one who use Sheriff's Department vehicles. They're also needed for detectives, accessors, jail staff, and prosecutors. 

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Chiwaukum Complex Update 8/138/13/2014

Chiwaukum Complex

Fire Information 509-548-0139 or 509-548-0101

Fire Update – Wednesday, August 13, 2014 – 9:00 a.m. PDT

 

Last night widespread thunderstorms produced significant rainfall over all fires in the area.  Hansel Creek Fire received ½ inch of rain, while ¾-1 inch of rain fell on the Chiwaukum Creek Fire.  Thunderstorms produced ¾-1inch of precipitation on the Duncan Fire.  Alpine and Shoofly Fires received the most rainfall with 1-2 inches of rain produced by the storms.  However, significant amounts of lightning were also produced by the storms last night possibly igniting new fires.  Possibly new fires may manifest themselves over the next several days.

 

The fire situation has changed significantly overnight due to the rainfall and fire behavior is expected to be more benign.  However, fires are still expected to creep and smolder under forested areas with heavy canopy.  Woody fuels are still dry.  For example, dead woody material three to eight inches in diameter would require days of precipitation to respond significantly with an increase in moisture content.  Before last night’s rainfall,

firefighters have been faced with dry fuels with moisture contents as low as four to nine percent.    

 

A Public Meeting will be held Thursday, August 13 at 7:00 pm at the Valley Hi Fire Station.  All members of the public are invited to attend.

 

Yesterday, excellent progress was accomplished by crews mopping up hot spots at the northeastern /eastern portion of the Hansel Creek Fire closest to any structures and Highway 97.   At the northwest corner of the fire, firefighters made significant progress tying in and building a fire line toward a rocky area.  The fire remains west of Highway 97.  Structure protection is in place and the portion of the fire closest to Highway 97 remains secured.  The Chelan County Sheriff has notified residents on Highway 97 of a Level 1 Evacuation Notice in the stretch of the highway from Ingalls Creek to Camas Creek Road, including Blu Shastin RV Park, and Old Blewett Highway and Camas Creek Road.  

 

A burn out operation from the Shady Pass Road was very successful yesterday on the Duncan Fire.  The burn-out was conducted to reinforce the fuel break constructed along the road.  Crews assisted in the burn-out while a helicopter was also used to discharge “pyrotechnic spherical devices” (commonly referred to as “ping pong balls”) to ignite the burn-out.    

 

With a two hour hike into the Shoofly Fire, heavy equipment is working to open up roads and access to the fire.  The roads are also planned to be used as containment lines.  The fire remains a priority with a full suppression strategy.

 

The Alpine Fire is now 100% contained and mop up continues.

 

Mop up continues on the northwest corner of Chiwaukum Creek Fire at McCue Ridge Rehabilitation of the fire lines and mop-up activities continue. Active fire remains in the Chiwaukum Creek area where spotting continues to occur. 

 

Public Safety:  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, 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.

 

Evacuations/Closure Information:  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 Informationhttp://wasmoke.blogspot.com/

 

 

Quick Facts

Incident Summary

Approximate Acreages based on overnight infra- red flight;

Chiwaukum  Creek:

13,895 ac

Duncan:  10,406 ac

Hansel Creek:  970 ac

Shoofly:  160 ac

Alpine: 19 ac

Fire
Containment:

Chiwaukum Creek:  40%

Duncan:  15%

Hansel Creek:  15%

Shoofly: 0%

Alpine: 0%

Mills Canyon: 100%

Kelly Mountain: 100%

Incident Commander:

Chris Schulte, Pacific Northwest National Incident Management Team 2

Resources
on the
Fires:

Crews: 16

Helicopters: 7

Engines: 65

Dozers: 12

Water Tenders: 14

Total

Personnel:

856

Structures Lost: 4

1 outbuilding and

3 seasonal cabins

Jurisdiction:

USDA- Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest

USDI-Bureau of Land Management

Chelan Co. Fire Districts 1, 3, 4, 6, 8 & 9

Washington State DNR

Cooperators:

WA National Guard

WA Dept. of Transportation

Chelan Co. Sheriff’s Department

 

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS

http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3976/ (Chiwaukum)

http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4069/ (Duncan)

http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4070/ (Hansel Creek)

Twitter:  @ChiwaukumFire

Facebook: Chiwaukum Creek WAFire

Highway Information: Twitter: @wsdot http://www.wsdot.com/traffic/trafficalerts/  

E-mail:  chiwaukumcomplex@gmail.com

 

 

 



Upper Falls/Carlton Complex Update 8/138/13/2014

 

Fire Update

Upper Falls-Little Bridge Creek-

Carlton Complex

Twisp, WA

Fire Information: 509-997-0880

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Rain fell over the Little Bridge Creek, Upper Falls and Carlton Complex fires last night. Scattered thunderstorms, along with possible gusty erratic winds and heavy rainfall, are predicted through Thursday. The rain has brought cooler temperatures that will moderate fire behavior for a few days until it begins to warm up and dry out this weekend.

Approximately 70 area residents attended a community meeting in Twisp last night. Incident Commander (IC) Beth Lund and members of her staff provided an update on the status of the fires and answered questions from concerned citizens. “We are here to build off the successes of the previous teams. We look forward to serving the community,” said IC Lund.

 

The Little Bridge Creek Fire is 14% contained. The fire, likely caused by lightning, started August 2, on National Forest lands, 10 miles west of Winthrop. Infrared data shows the fire is approximately 4,129 acres. It is located between Canyon Creek and Little Bridge Creek. Rain and cooler weather will help buy firefighters time to contain a small area of fire that has crossed over Thompson Ridge on the north end of the fire. The objective is to keep fire south of Thompson Ridge, out of the Wolf Creek drainage. Construction of indirect line between the fire and infrastructure continues. Structural firefighters continue to assess and prepare for structural protection efforts, should they be needed. There are 690 personnel assigned to this fire. This includes two hot shot crews, two type 2 crews, two initial attack crews, 25 engines, 5 dozers, and 17 water tenders. More information is at inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4051

The Upper Falls Fire, located 17 miles north of Winthrop, is 8,047 acres. Last night’s rain will help firefighters gain ground on a challenging area on the southwest side of the fire. The fire is backing down toward Eight Mile Road. Firefighters are continuing to hold the fire along the southern portion of Falls Creek Road and they are improving indirect lines south of Alex Creek. Specialized equipment has been brought in to mitigate many standing dead trees in this area that pose a hazard to our fire crews. The fire is moving gradually north toward the Pasaytan Wilderness and east toward the Farewell and Tripod fire scars. Firefighters are patrolling the fire perimeter at night to watch for hot spots that may flare up. There are 173 personnel assigned to the fire. This includes two hot shot crews, four Type 2 crews, 16 engines, 4 dozers and two water tenders.

inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/9060

The Carlton Fire is in patrol and mop up. The 256,108-acre Carlton Fire will continue to smoke and flare in the interior. Suppression repair work is ongoing, which includes: chipping vegetation along roads, installing water bars to minimize erosion, and covering hand and dozer lines. Firefighters are also patrolling the fire perimeter at night looking for hot spots. There are 1,045 personnel assigned to the Carlton Complex wildfire. This includes one hot shot crew, 9 Type 2 crews, 5 dozers, and 17 water tenders.

inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3967

Total personnel working on the three fires are 1,908. Air resources being shared by all three fires include: two Type 1 helicopters, 3 Type 2 helicopters and four Type 3 helicopters.

No structures or infrastructure are immediately threatened. No Level 2 or Level 3 evacuation notices exist for these fires. Level 1 notification remains in place for the Pine Forest and Sun Mountain areas, East and West Chewuch Road from the bridge north to Boulder Creek and for Twisp River Road above Elbow Coulee.

 

Information Officers will again be in the Twisp and Winthrop area today to provide information about the Little Bridge Creek, Carlton Complex, and Upper Falls Fires. For the latest information on smoke and air quality go to: http://wasmoke.blogspot.com.

 

Email Address: upperfallslittlebridgefire@gmail.com

Facebook: Great Basin National Incident Management Team 1

Wildfire blog: upperfallslittlebridgefire.blogspot.com

 

 



Community Meeting: Methow Valley8/12/2014

 

 
Community Meeting
for
Upper Falls/Little Bridge Creek/Carlton Complex Fires

Tuesday, August 12, 2014
7 PM
Methow Valley
Community Center
Twisp


Chiwaukum Complex Fire Update-8/128/12/2014

 

Chiwaukum Complex

Fire Information 509-548-0139 or 509-548-0101

Fire Update – Tuesday, August 12, 2014 – 9:00 a.m. PT

 

 

Pacific Northwest Incident Management Team 2 (PNW2) is in command of the Chiwaukum Complex fires as well as the Duncan and Hansel Creek Fires.  Chiwaukum Complex includes Chiwaukum, Shoofly, Mills Canyon, Kelly Mountain, and Alpine Fires. 

 

A flash flood warning is in effect for burned areas Tuesday through Thursday, as rain and thunderstorms continue.  There is a 30% chance of rain Tuesday, which may fall intensely for short periods.  On Wednesday there is a 50% chance of wetting rain and a 60% chance on Thursday.  Higher humidity will dampen fire behavior on Tuesday, but ground fire and single tree torching will continue, and fuels are expected to dry out quickly once the weather system passes. Expect high temperatures in the upper 80’s, with gusty/erratic winds contributing to short-range spotting and a Red Flag Warning in effect until Wednesday.

 

The northwest corner of the Hansel Creek Fire flared up Monday, while rolling debris forced crews off the southern edge of the fire.  A spot fire on the south side of Ingall’s Creek was caught using helicopter bucket drops.  While the southern flank remains north of Ingall’s Creek a contingency line is being developed further south. The fire remains west of Highway 97.  Structure protection is in place and the portion of the fire closest to Highway 97 remains secured.

 

The Duncan Fire made a run up the north side of Jungle Creek.  The fire spotted at the lower end of Silver Creek and helicopters responded with additional bucket drops.  Crews continue to strengthen control lines along Shady Pass Road and a burnout operation is still being considered.

 

An indirect attack strategy was implemented Monday on the Shoofly Fire, while heavy equipment was moved into the area to facilitate future direct attack by ground forces.  The fire remains a priority with a full suppression strategy.

 

The Alpine Fire was water-lined 60% at the end of shift Monday, due to efforts of the Entiat Hotshots.  They will continue those efforts today.

 

Increased fire behavior on the Chiwaukum Creek Fire Monday resulted in a slight increase in acreage as the fire slopped over McCue Ridge, but was quickly lined and stopped at half an acre.  Rehabilitation of the fire lines and mop-up activities continue. Active fire remains in the Chiwaukum Creek area where spotting continues to occur. 

 

Chiwaukum Complex fire personnel continue to provide initial attack assistance for much of the area surrounding the assigned fires.

 

Public Safety:  There are multiple fires in the area with large equipment and increased traffic.  Fire equipment may be on the roads at any time during the day as they respond to new starts, so please travel with caution.

 

All major roads and businesses in surrounding communities remain open and ready for business.

 

Evacuations/Closure Information:  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 Informationhttp://wasmoke.blogspot.com/

 

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Quick Facts

Incident Summary

Approximate Acreages based on overnight infra- red flight;

Chiwaukum  Creek:

13,895 ac

Duncan:  10,406 ac

Hansel Creek:  970 ac

Shoofly:  160 ac

Alpine: 18 ac

Fire
Containment:

Chiwaukum Creek:  40%

Duncan:  15%

Hansel Creek:  15%

Shoofly: 0%

Alpine: 0%

Mills Canyon 100%

Kelly Mountain: 100%

Incident Commander:

Chris Schulte, Pacific Northwest National Incident Management Team 2

Resources
on the
Fires:

Crews: 15

Helicopters: 8

Engines: 76

Dozers: 12

Water Tenders: 14

Total

Personnel:

856

Structures Lost: 4

1 outbuilding and

3 seasonal cabins

Jurisdiction:

USDA- Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest

USDI-Bureau of Land Management

Chelan Co. Fire Districts 1, 3, 4, 6, 8 & 9

Washington State DNR

Cooperators:

WA National Guard

WA Dept of Transportation

Chelan Co. Sheriff’s Department

 

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS

http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3976/ (Chiwaukum)

http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4069/ (Duncan)

http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4070/ (Hansel Creek)

Twitter:  @ChiwaukumFire

Facebook: Chiwaukum Creek WAFire

Highway Information: Twitter: @wsdot http://www.wsdot.com/traffic/trafficalerts/  

E-mail:  chiwaukumcompl



Air Quality Advisory-August 12th8/12/2014

 Air Quality Advisory Tuesday 9:00 am

 

Smoke levels will vary throughout the day in some communities…

 

Chelan, Leavenworth and Entiat “Unhealthy”

Wenatchee “Unhealthy for Sensitive Populations”


When air quality is in the “Unhealthy” range everyone is at risk of being affected by the smoke. Outdoor physical activities should be cancelled. At this point everyone should limit exposure to outside air and do not do anything that would increase your breathing rate, people should avoid any exertion.


It is best to stay indoors if you have asthma, diabetes, lung or heart disease, have a respiratory infection, or have had a stroke. Infants, pregnant women and people over 65 should also stay indoors. Symptoms can include headache, dizziness, wheezing and shortness of breath. The general population may also experience these symptoms.



When air quality is in the unhealthy for sensitive populations range people with asthma, lung or heart disease and young children may experience health effects. Outdoor activities should be limited by this group. Limit time outdoors. If you are having significant problems, talk to your health care provider. The general public is not likely to be affected.




More information about current air quality conditions and forest fires is located at:

Ecology: https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/enviwa/

Forest Service:

http://inciweb.nwcg.gov

Chelan Douglas Public Health www.cdhd.wa.gov



Upper Falls Fire Update-8/118/11/2014

Upper Falls Fire Update

August 11, 2014 8:00 a.m.

Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team- Pete Blume, Incident Commander

Information Center: 509-996-9971 Hours of operation: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Email: upperfallsfire@gmail.com

Yesterday

Crews continued work along Falls Creek Road to contain the fire. The southern indirect line (a combination of dozer and hand line) from the Farewell Fire scar to the Falls Creek Road south of the fire was completed. Dozers constructed line between the Falls Creek and Eight Mile Creek Roads to contain movement of the fire down Eight Mile drainage. Helicopters dropped water to check and delay movement to the west and south. Night crews were on patrol during the night.

Today

Firefighters will hold the fire along the Falls Creek Road and improve the southern indirect line between the Farewell Burn and the Falls Creek Road. The fire burned over the line on the west side between Falls Creek and Eight Mile last night; crews will work to contain that area, reposition the containment line, and continue construction toward Eight Mile Creek. Firefighters will be on alert for increased fire behavior due to hotter and dryer weather moving into the area reflected in the Red Flag Warning in effect today. Helicopters will drop water to check and delay movement to the west and south as weather allows.

Evacuations (including all evacuations in the Methow Valley area)

Level 1: Pine Forest, Sun Mountain Resort, Pearrygin Lake State Park, East Chewuch Road to Boulder Creek, and the Twist River from Elbow Coulee to the Forest Boundary.

There are no level 2 or 3 evacuations in effect.

Weather: Red Flag Warning today for stability and plume dominated fire growth ; Highs around 89; wind from the southwest at10 mph with gusts to 18

Fire Statistics

Start Date: 08/03/2014 Size: 6,513 acres Percent Contained: 0%

Location: 17 miles north of Winthrop, WA Total Personnel: 324

Resources Assigned: 1 Type 1 hand crews, 4 Type 2 hand crews, 4 Type 2 Initial Attack crew;

25 engines, 9 dozers, 7 water tenders; 2 Type 1, 2 Type 2, and 2 Type 3 Helicopte

Closures

Forest closures: Call the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest (509) 996-4000 or go to http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/okawen/alerts-notices

Highway closures: Washington Department of Transportation at http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/

Other places to get information

Twitter: #UpperFallsFire

Inciweb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4060/

Firefighter thank-yous: https://www.facebook.com/RockyMtn.Type1.IMT.PIOs

 

 

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Carlton Complex Fire Update 8/118/11/2014

 Carlton Complex Update

 

August 11, 2014 8:00 a.m.

Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team- Pete Blume, Incident Commander

Information Center: 509-996-9971 Hours of operation: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Email: carltoncomplexfire@gmail.com

This will be the last daily update specific to the Carlton Complex unless significant activity occurs. Patrol, mop-up, suppression repair, responding to 911 calls, and bringing equipment off the fire area will continue. Information will still be available on the sites listed below and by calling the Incident Command Post Information Office. Future daily updates will focus on the Little Bridge Creek and Upper Falls Fires.

Yesterday:

Crews continued to patrol, mop-up, and secure lines. Suppression repair work (water barring, scattering slash, smoothing berms) continued as did back haul of equipment from the fire line to the Incident Command Post. Several small areas of heat showed up and firefighters responded to suppress them. Night crews patrolled, mopped-up, and responded to 911 calls.

Today:

Firefighters will patrol, mop-up, and secure lines. Suppression repair work and gathering equipment for return to the ICP will continue. Night crews will patrol, mop-up, and respond to 911 calls. The Washington National Guard continues to staff road closures.

Evacuations (including all evacuations in the Methow Valley area)

Level 1: Pine Forest, Sun Mountain Resort, East Chewuch Road to Boulder Creek, Pearrygin Lake State Park, and along the Twisp River from Elbow Coulee to the Forest boundary.

No areas are in Level 2 or 3.

Weather: Red Flag Warning today for stability and plume dominated fire growth; high 99; south-south-west wind 8 mph; gusts to 15 mph

Fire Statistics Start Date: 07/14/2014

Location: 7 Miles south of Twisp, WA Total Personnel: 983

Complex Size: 256,108 acres (including Rising Eagle Road Fire) Containment: 92%

Air Resources: 2 Type 1 helicopters, 4 Type 2 helicopters, and 3 Type 3 helicopters, 1 air support

Resources Include: 1 Type 1 hand crews, 7 Type 2 hand crews, 12 Type 2 Initial Attack crews,

37 engines, 4 Dozers, 27 water tenders

Closures

Forest closures: Call the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest (509) 996-4000 or go to http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/okawen/alerts-notices

Highway closures: Washington Department of Transportation at http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/

Other places to get information

Blog: carltoncomplex.blogspot.com Twitter: #carltoncomplex

Facebook: Carlton Complex Fire Inciweb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3967/

Firefighter thank-yous: https://www.facebook.com/RockyMtn.Type1.IMT.PIOs

 



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Special Meeting Notice: Pateros School Board8/5/2014

SPECIAL MEETING NOTICE

August 5, 2014
PATEROS SCHOOL BOARD OF DIRECTORS
NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING TO DISCUSS
RECOVERY PLANS FOR SCOPE OF WORK NEEDED ON THE SCHOOL AS A RESULT OF THE 
CARLTON COMPLEX FIRE DISASTER
FOR GOAL OF OPENING SCHOOL IN SEPTEMBER
 
As directed by the Board of Directors of the Pateros School District 122-70J; a special meeting of the Board of Directors of the Pateros School District 122-70J has been scheduled for Wednesday, August 6 at 6:00 pm in the Pateros School front court yard. The purpose of this meeting is to conduct a board meeting to examine scope of work needed and target a time line to accomplish those tasks. Actions will be taken.The Pateros School District is a barrier free facility accessible to persons with disabilities. Additional information is available in the superintendent’s office 509.923.2751 x4
Lois A. Davies
Clerk of the Board
Pateros School District
 
 
Agenda to the meeting: file:///C:/Users/NEWSRO~1/AppData/Local/Temp/Special%20Meeting%20August%206%202014.pdf


Chiwaukum Fire Complex Update-8/5 10AM8/5/2014

 A RED FLAG WARNING is in effect for the fire area from 2:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. on Tuesday.

 

Aided by hot temperatures with humidity falling to near 10%, the Duncan fire spotted across the North Fork of the Entiat River and began burning up the west side of Pope Ridge on Monday afternoon.

Despite the best efforts of four hot-shot crews, five Type 1 helicopters (largest water dropping capacity) and three retardant drops by air tankers, weather conditions allowed the Hansel fire to grow towards the east.  Crews were shifted to an indirect attack strategy after 1:00 in the afternoon due to burning material rolling below them and creating unsafe situations.  The fire continued to burn throughout the night; settling down about 3:00 a.m.

Fire Analyst Gary Jarvis warned firefighters at the Tuesday morning briefing that weather conditions and fuel moisture levels have set up for the potential of large fire growth on the Hansel and Duncan fires.  Safety Officer Ivan Kupp reminded the audience that today is the 65th anniversary of the Mann Gulch fire where 13 firefighters, including 12 elite smokejumpers, were killed on a wildfire in Montana.  Kupp urged firefighters to keep their wits about them with today’s projected fire behavior.

Congressman Dave Reichert visited the fire camps at Entiat and Leavenworth and met with fire managers and personnel.

A public meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, August 6th at the Cascade High School in Leavenworth at 7:00 p.m., all are invited.

Suppression of these fires is an interagency effort, including Chelan County Fire Districts 1, 3, 4, 6, 8 and 9; Washington DNR; Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Bureau of Land Management, and the National Guard.

Hansel Fire:  This fire is burning on steep ground in heavy fuels.  Forecasted winds will try to push the fire toward Highway 97.  Retardant drops from air tankers have been ordered for Tuesday morning and helicopters and hand crews will be used to slow the fire growth.  This fire will be the highest priority on the complex today due to the values at risk in the projected path of the fire.  Structure protection is underway on buildings in the Ingalls Creek area.  

Duncan Fire:  Weather conditions and fuel moistures will favor continued growth of this fire across Pope Ridge and into the Pope Creek basin on Tuesday.  Efforts to strengthen the contingency fuel break along the Shady Pass Road (FR5900) and Entiat River Road will continue on Tuesday.  Crews will look for other opportunities to slow this fire.  Level 1 evacuation was announced for the Entiat River Road from Brief north to the Forest Service boundary.  The structures above Lake Creek Campground on the Entiat River Road have been wrapped with fire-resistant material and have had sprinklers strategically placed around them.  The Entiat River Road remains closed at the 25 milepost (approximately 3 miles south of Fox Creek Campground).

Chiwaukum Creek Fire:  The majority of heat on this fire is on the western flank and therefore will not be as likely to be aided by today’s winds which will blow the fire back upon itself.  Two hotspots, one in the northwest corner and one in the southwest, continue to draw the attention of firefighters.  The rains over the weekend significantly calmed the behavior on this fire. Available resources are being repositioned from Chiwaukum to Hansel in anticipation of increased fire behavior.

Kelly Mountain Fire:  100% containment was declared on this fire on July 29.  Aerial observation will continue to monitor fire behavior.

Mills Canyon Fire:  This fire was proclaimed 100% contained on August 2.  Three engines staffed by nine people are continuing to monitor any activity associated with the fire.  

Weather:  Temperatures will approach 100 degrees, humidity will drop toward 10% and gusty northwest winds will begin blowing in the afternoon.  The combination of these factors has resulted in a Red Flag Warning being declared over the fire area for Tuesday from 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.  The Haines Index will be a 5 today, traditionally in central Washington Haines Indexes of 5 have corresponded with large growth of fires.

Evacuations/Closure Information:  Chelan County Emergency Services posts updated evacuations and closures on their Facebook and Twitter sites 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/ and Leavenworth  webcam at:   http://www.leavenworth.org/news-weather

Highway Information: http://www.wsdot.com/traffic/trafficalerts/ or follow twitter: @wsdot



Carlton Complex Update-8/5 8AM8/5/2014

 Carlton Complex Fire Update

Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team- Pete Blume, Incident Commander

Information Center: 509-996-9971

Hours of operation: 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Email: carltoncomplexfire@gmail.com

August 5, 2014 8:00 a.m.

Yesterday: Fire crews continued to patrol and mop-up the Rising Eagle Road Fire focusing on the areas around residences. No smokes were reported on the fire yesterday. The assessment of damage found 36 structures destroyed in the fire, ten of which were residences. Containment is now 100%.

On the Carlton Complex, line was completed on the northwestern portion of the fire near Pearrygin Lake. Crews also worked hard on the western portion of the interior island and the area south of Loop Loop Ski Area to strengthen lines. Two lightning caused fires were located and suppressed along Highway 20 in the Sportmans Camp area. Night crews patrolled various areas of the fire line; doing mop-up as needed.

Today: Operational priorities are: patrol and mop-up the Rising Eagle Road Fire, strengthen the line along the northwest edge (near Pearrygin Lake), and improve interior lines on the western portion of the interior island. The rest of the fire perimeter will be in patrol and mop-up status. Crews are also cleaning up the fire area by returning unneeded equipment and supplies back to the Incident Command Post (ICP). Structural engines are in place to patrol for new flare ups and respond to initial attack in the Methow Valley wildland/urban interface. The Washington National Guard continues to support the incident by staffing road closures. The camp at Alta will be closing and remaining crews will be staying at the ICP near Winthrop.

Air resources continue to play a vital role in the successful containment of this complex and are also supporting suppression efforts on the Little Bridge Creek Fire and initial attack on new fires. The Temporary Flight Restriction on the south portion of the fire has been lifted to facilitate east/west air travel for other fires and the public.

Resource Advisors are identifying and inventorying needed suppression repair work. Repair of roads and of hand and dozer lines in contained areas is underway.

Anyone who believes they have a new start is encouraged to call 911. Local fire departments continue to respond to 911 calls reporting new starts.

Closures

Forest closures: call the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest (509) 996-4000 or go to http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/okawen/alerts-notices

Road, trail, and campground closures: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/ closures/3967/

Highway closures: Washington Department of Transportation at http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/

Evacuations: All areas that were under a Level 3 evacuation have been moved to Level 2. Evacuation levels continue to be evaluated and changes will be announced as they occur.

Weather: Hot and dry; west winds up to 20 mph; inversion dispersing after 10:00a.m.



Red Cross Works One-on-One8/5/2014

 

The American Red Cross continues to provide one-on-one assistance to those affected by the Washington wildfires at Red Cross Service Centers. Since the fires started in mid-July, the Red Cross and Southern Baptists have provided over 17,000 meals and 22,000 snacks. Over 1500 residents have received health and mental health assistance from the Red Cross.

The American Red Cross has been active in these local communities since 1917.  "As in other major disasters, the need in Eastern Washington is enormous, and our responders will continue to assist affected families through long-term recovery for as long as needed," according to Christopher Boyle, Relief Operations Director for the American Red Cross in Washington.

Caseworkers work one-on-one with people to create recovery plans, navigate paperwork and locate help from other agencies to help those with disaster-caused emergency needs. English and Spanish speaking caseworkers are available at the Client Service Centers and are offering disaster-related emergency needs that include first month's rent, security deposit and/or utility deposit, assistance with food, medication/medical item replacement (glasses, dentures), and disaster mental health emotional support.

Caseworkers are available over the phone at (571) 205-3464 from 8 a.m.–8 p.m. or at the following Service Centers:

  • TWISP: Methow Valley Community Center,– Hwy 20, 8 am – 6 pm  

  • BREWSTER: Brewster High School, S. 7th Street,  8 am – 6 pm

  • PATEROS: Pateros Church of Christ, N. Independence St., 12 noon – 6 pm.

The American Red Cross relies on volunteers to fulfill its mission of providing care and comfort to those in need. Whether you want to volunteer on a day to day basis, just a few extra hours here and there, or are interested in deploying nationally, get started at redcross.org/wa/spokane.



Landline Telephone and 911 Service Outage8/4/2014

Landline telephone and 911 service is not working from the Carlton area north isolating the Upper Methow Valley including Twisp, Winthrop and Mazama. This outage is caused by a new break in the fiber optic cable in the Carlton Area.

 
If your wireless telephone service is not able to reach the 911 dispatch center in Okanogan the Twisp and Winthrop city halls are currently open and have radio communications with the 911 dispatch center to report an emergency.
 
The outage is expected to last into the evening of 8/4/2014 therefore an updated method of reaching 911 will be provided for after the city hall’s regular business hours.
 
Police, Fire and EMS personnel have radio communications with the 911 dispatch center.


+ News for the week of July 27, 2014

Give Wisely8/2/2014

 

0802214 Saturday AM News                                         Give Wisely

 

 

With relief efforts underway in Washington’s Carlton Complex fire, the Better Business bureau along with the Attorney General Bob Ferguson and Secretary of State Kim Wyman urge consumers to be on the look out for bogus charities and scammers trying to capitalize on a natural disaster.

 

Officials warn of slick con artists who pose as agents for official-sounding charities and target well-intentioned donors who want only to help the victims of the fires.

 

Stat officials sympathize with the victims and their loved ones during this tragic time, but urge donors to give wisely.

 

    1. Beware of demanding solicitors. Don't give in to high-pressure tactics and requests

    for immediate donations. Take time to research that charity and make up your mind.

 

    1. Use qualified charities. Check to see if the charity has the resources necessary and is

      equipped to help with disaster relief; otherwise, donations may be not be as effective.

 

    3. Pay with care. Avoid cash donations; write a check directly to the charity, not

    the fundraiser; and never give out credit card numbers over the phone.

 

    4. Verify. Steer clear of “pop-up” charities with unverifiable background and

    contact information.

 

    5. Block fake solicitations. Watch out for requests from fake “victims” or memorial

    social media accounts.

 

If someone feels they are the victim of a scam, file a complaint with the Attorney general's Office.



Nurse Suspended 8/1/2014

 

The Washington State Department of Health has immediately suspended the license of a Chelan County registered nurse after he was charged with raping a child.

Charles White was charged with first-degree child rape on April 15th in Douglas County. After the initial investigation and gathering reports from local law enforcement, the Nursing Commission referred White’s case to the Department of Health for action. White has 20 days to request a hearing to contest the charges and the suspension.

The documents can be seen online on the Department of Health website: www.doh.wa.gov Copies can be requested by calling 360-236-4700. That number can also be used to file complaints against health care providers in Washington.

The Department of Health protects and promotes public health, safety, and welfare in Washington by regulating the competency and quality of health care providers. The agency establishes, monitors, and enforces qualifications for licensing, consistent standards of practice, continuing competency mechanisms, and discipline. Rules, policies, and procedures promote the delivery of quality health care to state residents.


 



Medicaid Help for Wildfire Victims8/1/2014

 

080114 Friday AM News Medicaid Help for Wildfire Victims

 

The Health Care Authority, which administers Washington Apple Health (Medicaid) and Washington state employees’ health benefits, is working on several fronts to help victims of the wildfires.

 

If Apple Health clients need medical supplies, medical equipment, or medications that have been lost or destroyed by fire, or have become inaccessible due to evacuation, HCA is authorizing Medicaid fee-for-service providers to furnish these as needed without pre-authorization. Apple Health clients should contact their pharmacies if they have questions.

 

Apple Health clients affected by the wildfires who have other questions or problems can call these regional enrollment specialists for help. Please call whichever location is closest. If phone lines are down in the affected areas, call the next-closest location or try back later.

 

Omak: Located at Mid-Valley Hospital Lisa Nelson, 509-826-8186

 

 East Wenatchee: At the Chelan-Douglas Health Dept.

Marilee Smith-Lorenson, 509-860-5590 Teresa Escobedo, 509-886-6419

 

Wenatchee: At Columbia Valley Community Health Erica Vega, 509-661-3651

 

Additional information is available on the Health Care Authority website. www.hca.wa.gov

 



Smoke Plume Yesterday7/31/2014

There were many concerns regarding the smoke plume that could be seen from Chelan & Manson yesterday. Here is where that was coming from:

Duncan Fire: The Duncan fire sent up a column of smoke to 30,000 feet in elevation as it burned an additional 846 acres on the north and south flanks. The fire remained hot along the southern flank where it slowly moved downhill toward the Entiat River. Heavy equipment, in combination with hand crews are thinning trees and brush along the Shady Pass Road (FR5900). Work along the Entiat River Road has been completed and crews have been repositioned south of the fire to support work on the shaded break. This fuel break will give managers a range of suppression options if the fire moves to the south and east.



Most Bats don't have Rabies7/31/2014


Displaced Wildlife from Smoke and Fires Includes Bat Populations
Caution Children Not to Touch Bats

Vaccinate Your Cats and Dogs Against Rabies
A bat that ls found on the ground, caught by a pet, or found in a home might have rabies.
Chelan Douglas Health District is asking people to avoid bats to help protect people from the
deadly rabies virus. Rabies exposure occurs most often when people handle these animals.
During fire season, people and animals are more likely to encounter bats both in their homes
and outside. Dogs ahd cats are susceptible to rabies; Pet owners should be sure that rabies
vaccinations for their pets are up-to-date.
 

Rabies, a viral disease that attacks the central nervous system, is fatal once symptoms appear.
lndividuals exposed to a rabid animal must promptly receive rabies vaccines and immune
globulin to prevent the disease. The virus can be transmitted to people or animals after a bite
from an infected animal or exposure of open wounds or mucous membranes to an infected
animal's saliva.
 

Most bats don't have rabies. Those that are flying around at dusk feedlng on insects are usually
healthy. Bats that appear sick, injured, seen flying during the day, on or near the ground, or
seem to behave abnormally should be avoided. Healthy bats avoid contact with people. They
are an important part of our environment and as with all wildlife, should be respected rather
than feared, The best thing to do is to leave them alone and avoid any situation that could lead
to contact with a bat.


Tlps for rables prevention
lf you are bitten by an animal, wash the wound well, and call your doctor and local health
department immediately. Never handle, feed or approach wildlife, including bats. lf a wild
animal appears to be injured or sick, keep pets and children away, Call animal control or a
veterinarian if your pet has contact with a wild animal, Make sure windows have screens to
prevent bats from entering buildings. lf you find a bat in the house, close the doors and
windows to the room - wearing thick gloves - capture the bat in a can or box without
touching it. Seal the container and call your local health department. They wlll help you
determine if any people or pets in your home may have been exposed to the bat and can
arrenge to test the bat for rabies, if needed.



East Zone: Carlton Complex Update 7/317/31/2014

 

Carlton Complex East Zone Update

Thursday, July 31, 2014—10:00 a.m.

Carlton Complex public information: 509.996.9971

Websites: carltoncomplex.blogspot.com & http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3967/

Twitter: @CarltonComplex; Facebook: Carlton Complex Wildfires

 

This Update Covers the Carlton Complex’s EAST ZONE

The fire is now 71% contained, with a size of 251,698 acres.

Today’s activities: Firefighters are continuing the hot, difficult work of “mopping up” and strengthening the fire line, especially in the areas south of Highway 20 towards the summit of Loop Loop. In addition, a structure protection group continues to work in the Chiliwist Valley, searching for and putting out hotspots to a distance of 300 feet around homes and other buildings. Flare-ups were reported in the Chiliwist Valley yesterday, in riparian areas that have only partially burned.

Because the complexity of the fire is decreasing and the fire line is secure in many areas, a Type 1 Incident Management Team can now handle day-to-day operations, in place of the previous three teams. The Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team 1, Pete Blume, Incident Commander, will assume control of the East Zone of the fire the end of the day shift, today. The new team is in the process of taking command of all three fire zones, however there is no significant change in the number of firefighters or resources on the incident. Washington Interagency Incident Management Team 3 wishes to thank the residents of the Okanogan Valley for their cooperation and support during the past two weeks.

Wednesday’s Highlights: As expected, flare-ups continued within the fire perimeter, due to lingering hotspots and the hot, dry weather. Smoke columns from the Carlton Complex and from two large fires to the south, were visible across the area. Flare-ups and smoke from within the fire perimeter are expected again today. Much of the smoke visible from Omak and Okanogan has been coming from the Leecher Mountain area, and firefighters and air resources from other zones have been working to contain those flare-ups. Other crews burned a small section south of Loop Loop Summit in order to isolate an unburned “island” of fuel and thereby strengthen the fire line. That operation was a success.

Omak camp is moving: Fire camp is moving today, to the Okanogan County Fairgrounds, so the Omak Stampede can get ready for its opening on August 7th. Please watch out for extra traffic and drive defensively.

Evacuation levels and local road closures: Some residential areas along Highway 20 west of Okanogan remain at Evacuation Level 2. Updates will be on the Okanogan County Sheriff’s Facebook page and the Carlton Complex blogspot. Roads may open and close at any time if fire conditions change. 

Road Conditions: Afternoon increases in fire activity could affect safety for travelers in the region. For updated road conditions, contact the Washington Department of Transportation (www.wsdot.com or call 511).



Demobilizing of crews has started as the South Zone of the Carlton fire nears containment.7/31/2014

Acres: 251,698 (total complex)               Start Date:  7/14/2014               Cause: Lightning              

Location: The Carlton Complex South Zone is located on private, state and federally managed lands north of Chelan, Washington.

Current Information:

Fuels are extremely dry and helicopters have been drenching the fireline to help crews secure and hold the fire within containment lines. Interior islands of fuels continue to burn making smoke columns visible.  Helicopters and fire crews remain prepared for any new fire starts in the area with engines, water dropping helicopters and airtankers. Patrol and mop-up around structures along highway 153 and 97 corridors will continue.  Estimated containment of the fire in the South Zone is 97%. Firefighters have made great progress constructing handline in the heavy vegetation and steep terrain, while working to safeguard containment lines. There is no threat from fire activity to the cities of Pateros, Brewster, Chelan, or Manson.

 

Demobilizing of crews has started as the South Zone of the Carlton fire nears containment.

 

The weather forecast is predicting winds to be light in the morning with isolated gusts this afternoon.

 

Effective immediately, donations of goods are no longer accepted for victims of wildfires Carlton Complex.  The generosity of donors has exceeded the capacity of the Okanogan County resources to manage and store donations.  Items will be collected and moved to a central location and then distributed to members of the community.  If you want to help victims of the wildfires Carlton complex wildfire, monetary donations can be made to the American Red Cross or other agencies that provide assistance to those affected.

 

Advisories:                                               

Portions of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest remain closed due to the fire activity.  Please contact the Fire Information line for more specific information.

 

The community of Lake Chelan would like the public to know that businesses are open as usual.


Carlton Complex South Zone
California Interagency Incident Management Team 4


Carlton Complex Fire: 7/30, 10AM Update7/30/2014

 Carlton Complex Fire Update

Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team- Pete Blume, Incident Commander

Email: carltoncomplexfire@gmail.com

July 30, 2014

10 a.m.

Special Message: The Rocky Mountain Type 1 Incident Management Team, with Pete Blume as Incident Commander, assumed command of the North Zone of the Carlton Complex at 6 a.m. today.

Current Situation:

The hot, dry weather contributed to the increase in fire activity yesterday. Temperatures reached 105F in the Methow Valley. Multiple smoke columns were visible as pockets of unburned vegetation burned within the fire perimeter. The fire was active in the Gold Creek and also the Leecher Mountain Lookout areas, but ground crews and air support helped slow the rate of spread. A planned burnout of steep jack-strawed, beetle-killed mixed conifers between Highway 20 and the south fork of Beaver Creek was not conducted yesterday due unfavorable conditions, including erratic winds. Fire activity was visible from the Pearrygin Lake area last night. Engines continue to patrol neighborhoods and respond to resident fire and smoke concerns 24 hours a day.

Today’s fire suppression priority areas include: Foggy Dew, the Leecher Mountain Lookout, and north of Highway 20 and south of the southfork of Beaver Creek. Mop-up activities continue on fire containment lines behind homes. Rehabilitation of containment lines in the valley areas has started. The Washington National Guard is supporting the fire suppression efforts by staffing road closures checkpoints.

Weather: A Haines Index of 5 is predicted for today. The Haines Index measures the stability and dryness of the air over the fire. A Haines Index of 5 indicates that there is a moderate potential for large fire growth.

Evacuations and Closures: For information on evacuations please check with the Okanogan Sheriff’s Office, Emergency Service Center (509) 846-2122.

For information on highway closures: Washington Department of Transportation, www.wsdot.wa.gov. Information on trail, road and campground closures: Okanogan Wenatchee National Forest, (509) 996-4000.

Fire Statistics:

Location: 5 Miles SW of Okanogan, 7 Miles south of Twisp Start Date: 07/14/2014

Complex Size: 251,025 acres Percent Contained: 67%

Cause: Lightning Total Personnel: 3,104

Resources Include: 13 Type 1 hand crews, 41 Type 2 hand crews, 28 Type 2 initial attack crews, 168 engines,

45 water tenders, and 722 overhead personnel

Air Resources: 9 Type 1 helicopters, 7 Type 2 helicopters, and 7 Type 3 helicopters, 1 air support module

 

Places to get information:

Blog: carltoncomplex.blogspot.com

Website: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3967/

Twitter: #carltoncomplex; Rocky Mountain IMT @rmt1pio

Facebook: Carlton Complex Fire; Rocky Mountain IMT: https://www.facebook.com/RockyMtn.Type1.IMT.PIOs.

Information Boards: Information is posted on community boards in Winthrop, Twisp, and Carlton.

 



Chiwaukum Fire Complex Community Meeting7/30/2014

 There will be a Community Meeting in Entiat on July 31 at 7:00 pm. 

This meeting will be held at Fire District #8, 2200 Entiat Way, Entiat, WA 

The Type 1 Southern Area Incident Management Team (Dueitt) is managing the Chiwaukum Complex.

Suppression of these fires is an interagency effort, including Chelan County Fire Districts 1, 3, 4, 8 and 9; Washington DNR; Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Bureau of Land Management, and the National Guard.

Discussions on reopening of Highway 2 from Coles Corner to Mile Post 99 (just west of Leavenworth, WA) are on-going between the Incident Management Team and Washington DOT.

Chiwaukum Creek Fire:   Extensive use of helicopter water drops to cool hot spots that appeared on the northwest corner and western flank limited the growth of the fire on Tuesday. Crews continued building handline on McCue Ridge using Minimum Impact Suppression Tactics along the north line into the Alpine Lakes Wilderness which reduces disturbance on the land while still creating an effective fire-line.  Other resources focused on mopping up the north line, responding to spots outside the fire-line, being able to quickly react to any new initial attack starts.  

Kelly Mountain Fire:  100% containment was declared on this fire on Tuesday.  Aerial observation will continue to monitor fire behavior.

Duncan Fire:  The Duncan fire sent up a thick column of smoke to 22,000 feet in elevation as it burned through an 80 acre patch of timber at the north end of the fire.  Fortunately, continued growth to the north is limited by extensive areas of bedrock with limited fuels.  The fire remained hot along the southern flank where it slowly moved downhill toward the Entiat River.  The fire is moving in this area by having burning embers roll down the slope and then burning back uphill pushed by up-canyon winds.  Heavy equipment, including timber harvesters and masticators, in combination with hand crews are thinning trees and brush along the Shady Pass Road (FR5900) and the Entiat River Road to decrease fuel loading adjacent to these roads. This fuel break will give managers a range of suppression options if the fire moves to the south and east. 

Mills Canyon Fire:  95% of this fire is contained and will continue to be monitored by three engine crews.  Recent infra-red flights have shown little or no remaining heat.   

Weather:  The Haines Index, a measurement of potential fire growth, will remain at an elevated level of 5 (maximum of 6) on Wednesday.  Forecasted thunderstorms will likely remain south and east of the fire area.  Temperatures and relative humidity will remain at near record levels.

Evacuations/Closure Information:  Chelan County Emergency Services posts updated evacuations and closures on their Facebook and Twitter sites 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 Informationhttp://wasmoke.blogspot.com/ and Leavenworth  webcam at:   http://www.leavenworth.org/news-weather

Highway Information: http://www.wsdot.com/traffic/trafficalerts/ or follow twitter: @wsdot



97A Closure with Detour Wednesday7/29/2014

97A closure and detour scheduled for Wednesday July 30 and Thursday July 31 to accommodate road maintenance between Chelan and Entiat on Knapps Hill. The “Hot Seal” road surface work will take place on US 97A ….approx. 7 miles north of Entiat and approx. 3 miles south of Chelan. All vehicles will be detoured to SR 971 (Navarre Coulee Rd) and South Lakeshore Road. No loads over 10' wide. Traffic control for the detour will be put into place at Pat and Mikes and the intersection of 97A and Navarre Coulee Road starting at 6am Wednesday July 30. The work will extend into Thursday July 31 and the 97A detour will be in place overnight Wednesday. This hot seal is similar to the chip seal that you have seen applied throughout the region this summer, but it utilizes a different oil as well as different rock gradation. Crews still use a chip spreader, trucks and rollers. This application has not been done before in Washington State and the “test” area was chosen where a detour was available. The oil for this application process is thick and sticky, similar to floating cobwebs and contractors don't want to oil any vehicles in pilot lines....therefore the road closure and detour.



CenturyLink restores 911, phone and internet service after fire7/29/2014

 

OKANOGAN COUNTY, WA – CenturyLink technicians have restored services to the Okanogan and Methow Valleys after the Carlton Complex Fire damaged 911, local, long distance and internet service.  The outage was caused by the recent fire that swept through the area and burned cables in and around Mallot, Mazama, Okanogan, Omak, Oroville, Pateros, Twisp and Winthrop.

CenturyLink’s priority is restoring service to our customers as quickly as possible,” Tom Novotney, vice president and general manager said. “We appreciate our customers’ patience while we worked to resolve this issue.”



July 29-Carlton Complex East Zone Update7/29/2014

 

Carlton Complex East Zone Update

Tuesday, July 29, 2014—10:00 a.m.

Bob Allbee – Incident Commander

 

New Carlton Complex phones: 509-996-9971; 360-688-0560; Spanish: 360-280-4352

Websites: carltoncomplex.blogspot.com & http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3967/

Twitter: #CarltonComplex; Facebook: Carlton Complex Wildfires.

 

This Update Covers the Carlton Complex’s EAST ZONE

Yesterday’s Accomplishments: Hot and dry conditions continued. A positive factor on Monday was that winds were light. Trees torched in the active areas of the fire but firefighters were able to keep the fire in check and hold the containment lines. Crews found and successfully dealt with a one-tenth of an acre fire outside the existing containment line. Hose lines are being laid in Sullivan Canyon, one of the most difficult areas of the fire. An estimated 125,000 hours have been invested in suppressing the fire in the East Zone alone.

Today’s activities: It will be more of the same as far as weather conditions go. Temperatures will be in the 80s and 90s in the active fire areas above 3,000 feet elevation. Humidity will be low. Keeping firefighters safe and hydrated is of primary importance Fire activity will increase in early afternoon. Fuels within the fire interior continue to ignite. Firefighters will aggressively attack any flare-ups that threatened the line. Crews continue to monitor for heat around structures.

Thanks to the community: Community groups gathering materials for those who have lost homes have been overwhelmed by contributions. They are now in the position of not being able to take additional items. Rather than giving clothing or other items, please consider cash donations to the Apple Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross or other local charities. Cash donations for fire victims can be made at any North Cascades Bank. 

 

Emergency Relief Information Needed: The Okanogan County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at Okanogan High School is asking residents with fire damage claims to call the center and let emergency officials know whether they are insured. This is only to help the County accurately report losses so that eligibility for specific FEMA funds can be determined. The EOC can be reached at 509-422-2422, 509-422-2428, or 509-422-2420.

Evacuation levels and local road closures: Fire managers and the sheriff have determined that several residential areas along Highway 20 should remain at Evacuation Level 2. Evacuation information is posted on the Okanogan County Sheriff’s Facebook page and the Carlton Complex blogspot. Roads may open and close intermittently due to fire traffic. 

Carlton Complex Overview:Three incident management teams and a National Incident Management Organization are managing this fire in three zones, with incident camps at Omak, Winthrop, and Chelan. About 900 firefighters are assigned to the East Zone of the fire. The fire is 250,806 acres with 67 percent containment. The 3,142 people assigned include 96 crews, 157 engines, 19 dozers, 43 water tenders and 17 helicopters.

Road Conditions: Afternoon increases in fire activity could affect safety for travelers. For updated road conditions, contact the Washington Department of Transportation (www.wsdot.com or call 511).



Red Cross Update7/29/2014

 

The Red Cross has opened two Client Service Centers to provide assistance to those who have been affected by the wildfires. Anyone who has lost a home or has disaster-caused emergency needs should come to the center nearest them.

 • TWISP: Methow Valley Community Center, Parking Lot – Hwy 20.

PATEROS: High School, Parking Lot. 

Both sites are open daily from 8:00 am – 8:00 pm. and Spanish speaking caseworkers are available.

 Services available at the Client Service Centers include Red Cross disaster mental health counseling; caseworkers who work one-on-one with people to create recovery plans, navigate paperwork and locate help from other agencies; and healthcare staff who are available to assist with health-related needs for individuals impacted by the disaster.

 Shelters remain staffed and open at the Chelan High School on W. Webster Ave. and the Brewster High School on South 7th. All members of the community are welcome to come by for free food, water, and snacks, to utilize the shower facilities and connect with Red Cross caseworkers, counselors and health professionals. Each shelter has Spanish-speaking staff.

 Caseworkers are also available over the phone at (571) 205-3464 from 8am-8pm (Spanish speaking caseworkers available).


 

The Red Cross has mobilized seven Emergency Response Vehicles to provide feeding sites throughout our affected communities. Meals will be available during lunch (11am-1pm) and dinner (4:00-6:00pm) t at:

•   Twisp Community Center (fixed site)

•   Throughout the Pateros/Methow, Carlton and Brewster communities (mobile feeding)

•        Red Cross shelters in Chelan and Brewsters

 

Since the start of Red Cross operations on this disaster (July 17, 2014), the Red Cross has provided 14,464 meals and snacks; 319 overnight stays in shelters; and 300 health and 413 mental health contacts in the community. Red Cross volunteers from throughout Washington and across the country have come to the area to support this disaster operation.



Carlton Complex Fire Update 7/287/28/2014

Carlton Zone Fire Update

Monday July 28, 2014

FIRE INFORMATION WEBSITES:

 

FIRE INFORMATION

(360) 688-0560 or (509) 996-9971

En Espanol (360) 280-4352

Email: carltoncomplexfire@gmail.com

 

Media briefings held daily at 11:00 AM at the Carlton Zone ICP located at the Liberty Bell High School south of Winthrop.

 

Fire Operations: The fire is now 66% contained, with an acreage total of 250,806. The increased heat and dryness have heated the fire up a bit, producing some isolated smoke. Helicopters put water on some hot spots around the Pearrygin Lake area, however none of the activity was a new start or outside the fire perimeter. On the northeastern corner it was the same situation, some isolated smoke and heat that resources spent the day extinguishing and monitoring. Further south on the eastern side, near the ski area, it was similar, the occasional smoking tree and hot spot that crews were able to manage. Around the Gold Creek-McFarland creek area resources were busy responding to civilian concerns about smoke. Nothing to be alarmed about, everything was dealt with and nothing escaped the fire perimeter. Residents, though, should be aware that the fire is not yet out and activity will still be noticeable. Please report any concerns you may have.

Fire staffing continued throughout Sunday night. Personnel will remain available 24 hours a day to respond to any needs.

 

Safety Message: Fire season in Washington is far from over. It is not too late to make your home or business more defensible against wildfires. Please visit http://www.firewise.org/ to learn how you can make your building more defensible.

 

Weather Message: Hot and dry weather is expected, with the potential for triple digit heat early next week. Following this, monsoonal moisture and dry lightning is a possibility. Be advised there may be an increase in fire activity as fuels dry out and residents can expect to continue to see smoke.

 

Up to date emergency information can be obtained from the Okanogan County Sheriff’s office, Emergency Service Center and the E.O.C at (509) 846-2122, (509) 422-2422, (509) 422-2428, or (509) 422-2420.

 

 



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