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072214 Tuesday AM News7/22/2014

 

 

 

CITY OF CHELAN

SPECIAL MEETING NOTICE

 

Chelan City Council will meet in special session beginning at 10:00 a.m. up to 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday July 23 in Council Chambers, Chelan City Hall on East Johnson Avenue in Chelan, Washington. The purpose of this special meeting is a roundtable discussion with Representative Brad Hawkins. No action will be taken.

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Red Cross shelters that continue to be in operation include:

·         The Winthrop Barn - Hwy 20, Winthrop

·         Chelan High School - W. Webster Ave. Chelan

·         Brewster High School – South 7th, Brewster

 

The following shelters have been closed due to changing conditions and lifted evacuation notices

·         Cornerstone Christian Fellowship - Omak – CLOSED 7/21 Monday

·         Leavenworth - First Baptist Church, Evans St., CLOSED 7/20 Sunday


 

 Since the start of Red Cross operations on this disaster (Thursday July 17), the Red Cross has provided 212 overnight emergency shelters stays; 2,032 meals; and 1,190 snacks.

 The Red Cross is organizing Emergency Response Vehicles that will be doing feeding outreach in area communities. More information will be coming soon on feeding locations. Meals, snacks and water are currently available at the shelter locations. Red Cross will also continue to work with affected residents to provide them with information on recovery and support services available through the Red Cross and partner organizations.

 The Red Cross encourages all residents in the area to take steps to be wildfire ready. A simple step is to download the free Red Cross Wildfire App which provides updated fire and shelter information, has an easy way to let loved ones know you are safe, and provides good tips on how to prepare your home and family for evacuations when they are necessary.

 You can help people affected by disasters like the Washington wildfires and countless other crises by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Visit www.redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Checks can also be dropped off at the Kozi studios on Johnson Ave. in Chelan. Make themn payable to the Apple Valley Chapter of the Red Cross.

 



Carlton Complex Fire Update 7/22-9AM7/22/2014

 Carlton Zone Fire Update
July 22, 2014 - 9:00 AM

FIRE INFORMATION WEBSITES:
Blog: carltoncomplex.blogspot.com
On Facebook search for: carlton complex wildfire
 Inciweb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3967/
 
** NEW PRIMARY FIRE INFORMATION CALL CENTER PHONES (7 AM – 8 PM):
(509) 664-9353 or (509) 664-9277
 
SECONDARY FIRE INFORMATION
Cell: (360) 688-0560 or (360) 688-0148 (accessible from cell phones or numbers outside the area)
Landlines: (509) 996-9971 or (509) 996-3568 (only accessible from phones with a 996 or 997 prefix –
persons calling from cell phones or a long distance number cannot reach these phones)
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.The Carlton Complex is now the largest wildland fire ever to burn in the State of Washington. The perimeter of this fire is more than 100 miles long. The total acreage burned is 250,136 acres. A total of 2110 firefighters and support personnel are assigned to the incident. The fire is 16% contained.Monday and overnight, crews were able to continue building and strengthening fire suppression lines. Fire growth on the northeast sector of the fire has slowed significantly and firefighters have been successful in preventing significant fire spread. Notable successes have occurred east of Hwy 153 and in Libby Creek, west of Carlton.Conditions on Monday did not allow the start of the planned burn out operation for securing the north end ofthe fire. When conditions improve in this regard, the postponed burn out will be conducted. When this occurs, residents can expect to see increased smoke conditions at the north end of the fire.Cooler weather is allowing firefighters some respite. Showers are approaching the fire area from the south and there is a chance of rain. This should result in moderated fire behavior. While it may postpone the proposed burnout, it will allow crews to construct more suppression line directly on the fire perimeter.The Carlton Complex has been divided into three management zones. One Incident Management Team isbased in Winthrop, one in Omak, and one in Chelan, respectively. The three areas are called the Carlton Zone, the Carlton East Zone, and the Carlton South Zone.A Fire Information Call Center for all three zones of the Carlton Complex is open in Wenatchee from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM; the Center numbers are (509) 664-9353 or 664-9277. The Center was opened to provide additional information because the Fire Information Office telephones in Winthrop are working intermittently. Fire 
information for all three zones of the Carlton Complex will be posted on the websites listed above. 
 
Highway Closures: 
Road closures may be in effect and closures can change quickly due to the dynamic fire situation. 
 The Loup Loup Road (Highway 20 from milepost 210-223) is closed.
 Contact the “511” automated Washington Department of Transportation Travel Information line for 
updated information, or call (509) 667-2802.
With the dynamic fire situation, information on specific evacuation areas can change quickly. Up to date 
information should be obtained from the Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office or Emergency Services at (509) 
422-2422, (509) 422-2428, (509) 422-2448, or (509) 422-2420. Information is also available on the
Okanogan County Sheriff’s Facebook.Several evacuations have occurred and continue. There is a Red Cross Shelter at the Fellowship Church inOmak. Displaced public can make contact with the Omak Red Cross Shelter at (509) 663-3907. Additional shelters are open at The Barn in Winthrop, the Chelan High School, and at the Brewster High School.Forest Service Area Closures: All USFS land south of the Twisp River Rd. and the #37 Rd are closed. This includes the entire Lake Chelan-Sawtooth Wilderness on both the Methow and Chelan sides of the ridge, with the exception of the Lakeside Trail near Chelan. Also included is the South Summit area of the Methow Ranger District.
 


Red Cross Shelters7/21/2014

RED CROSS ACTION CONTINUES AND SHIFTS TOWARDS RECOVERY

 As Pateros residents returned to their community today to see the destruction, the Red Cross provided trash bags, heavy work gloves and masks to people who were starting to sift through the ashes of their homes. Red Cross volunteers also provided water and snacks at the High School drop off and professional mental health support was made available to those in the community. The Red Cross expects to start mass mobile feeding efforts in the affected areas on Sunday, and remains in close coordination with Emergency Management teams to identify the needs of the community as we move into recovery phase in some areas.

 The Red Cross continues to provide shelter support now in six locations (see below). At noon on Saturday, 170 people were registered in Red Cross shelters and 308 meals had been served with 130 snacks provided throughout the day. Mental health professionals were available in each shelter and people affected by the fires are encouraged to take care of their mental health, as significant stress can build during this time.  

 The Red Cross has opened another shelter in Kittitas at the Secondary School in response to the fire in Vantage where a few homes have been reportedly destroyed. A request also came for the Red Cross to support a community shelter with supplies in Omak, which is operated by the Colville Tribe.

 It is recommended that people take time to prepared themselves for disasters, and the Red Cross has developed useful APPS in both English and Spanish that also allow you to carry life-saving information on you at all times, even when you have no internet connection available. Just search Red Cross in your APP store.

 

List of all current Red Cross shelters:

 

First Baptist Church – 429 Evans St., Leavenworth

Chelan High School – 215 W. Webster, Chelan

Cornerstone Christian Fellowship Church - 328 N. Riverside, Omak

Winthrop Barn Auditorium - 51 N. Hwy 20, Winthrop

Kittitas Secondary School – 7571 Kittitas Highway, Kittitas

Supporting the Omak Community Shelter – operated by the Colville Tribe

 

Evacuating residents should bring:

•         Prescription and emergency medications

•         Foods that meet unusual dietary requirements

•         Identification and important personal documents

•         Extra clothing, pillows, blankets, towels, hygiene supplies and other comfort items

•         Supplies needed for children and infants, such as diapers, formula and toys

•         Special items for family members who are elderly or disabled

•         Note: Public health regulations do not permit pets in shelters. Trained assistance animals are permitted.

 

Key Safety and Preparedness Messages from the Red Cross:

·         Maintain Situational Awareness: Be ready to leave at a moment’s notice.

·         Listen to local radio and television stations for updated emergency information.

·         Always back your car into the garage or park it in an open space facing the direction of escape.

·         Listen and watch for air quality reports and health warnings about smoke.

·         Keep indoor air clean by closing windows and doors to prevent outside smoke from getting in.

·         Use the recycle or re-circulate mode on the air conditioner in your home or car. If you do not have air conditioning and it is too hot to stay inside with closed windows, seek shelter elsewhere.

·         When smoke levels are high, do not use anything that burns and adds to indoor air pollution, such as candles, fireplaces and gas stoves. Do not vacuum because it stirs up particles that are already inside your home.

·         If you have asthma or another lung disease, follow your health care provider's advice and seek medical care if your symptoms worsen.

 Help people affected by disasters like wildfires and countless other crises by making a gift to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. Visit redcross.org/donate, or call 1-800-REDCROSS. Contributions may also be sent to the Apple Valley Chapter of the Red Cross by calling 509-663-3907 or sending a check to 12 Orondo Avenue, Wenatchee, WA 98801. A fast and easy way to contribute is to text REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10 (added to your cell bill).



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Chelan Valley Evacutaion Notice7/19/2014

 

Chelan Valley Evacutaion Notice

The only evacuation notifications currently in effect (8 AM Saturday July 19, 2014 for the Chelan Valley area are: Level 2 Evacuations for both Antoine Creek and Washington Creek.

 

Level 2 Evacuation means you should be prepared to leave your home at a moments notice.

 

Evacuation levels are subject to constant change. This information was current as of 8 AM Saturday July 19, 2014. You should check regularly for changes



7/19 Saturday News7/19/2014

 

Access to Forest Service Land North of Lake Chelan Closed due to Fire Activity

As a precautionary measure and to ensure public safety, Forest Service officials are closing all Forest Service Lands accessible from the north shore of Lake Chelan due to the increased fire activity in Okanogan County.

 

This closure includes:

Grade Creek Road #8200 beginning at the Sno-park Antione Creek FS Rd #8140  beginning at the cattle guard

All Echo Ridge Summer Trails

South Navarre Campground Summer Blossom Trailhead Safety Harbor Trailhead.

Sawtooth Backcountry & Wilderness trails including – Prince Creek and Fish Creek.


 

The Lakeshore Trail will remain open.

 

 The American Red Cross is operating at the Chelan High School. Residents and visitors should refer to Washington State DOT for current road closures and Chelan County Emergency Management Services for evacuation information.
           Washington State Department of Transportation: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/ 
           Chelan County Emergency Management Services Facebook:   www.facebook.com/pages/Chelan-County-Emergency-Management/188543097925415 

 



Saturday AM News Current Red Cross Shelters7/19/2014

 

Current Red Cross Shelters 

Chelan High School – W. Webster, Chelan

Cornerstone Christian Fellowship Church - N. Riverside, Omak

First Baptist Church – Evans St., Leavenworth

Winthrop Barn Auditorium - N. Hwy 20, Winthrop

 CLOSED SHELTER: The Grange – 2nd St., Twisp


Evacuating residents should bring:

•         Prescription and emergency medications

•         Foods that meet unusual dietary requirements

•         Identification and important personal documents

•         Extra clothing, pillows, blankets, towels, hygiene supplies

•         Supplies needed for children and infants, such as diapers, formula and toys

•         Special items for family members who are elderly or disabled

•         Note: Public health regulations do not permit pets in shelters. Trained assistance animals are permitted.

 Governor Jay Inslee dropped by the Red Cross Shelter at Chelan High School Friday afternoon to visit with those affected by the fire and to thank Red Cross Volunteers for their hard work and service. T

 The community has shown a generous outpouring of support to victims of the fires within the region. The Red Cross appreciates the many donations that have been collected by our supporters, including our friends in the media who have also done an excellent job of keeping our shelter information updated for the public.

 

Help people affected by disasters like the Carlton Complex Fire and countless other crises by making a gift to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Visit redcross.org/donate, or call 1-800-REDCROSS.



Friday July 18, 2014 Gebbers Farms – Brewster, Washington7/19/2014

 

Thursdays uncontrolled range fires from the Carlton Complex in North Central Washington swept through the communities of Pateros, Brewster and surrounding areas. Significant damage was done to many homes, farms and properties. Our heart goes out to all of the families that have lost their homes and have been impacted by this disaster. We are extremely thankful that there have been few injuries and no deaths. We also want to thank all of the friends, employees and emergency responders that helped us in protecting our homes and businesses. So much was lost, and so much was also saved by the help given.

 

Impact to Gebbers Farms Facilities and Farms

 

Friday Gebbers staff conducted a full assessment of the impact of the fires on all facilities and orchards.

 

There has been no direct fire damage to any of the Gebbers Farms packing or storage facilities in the area. There has been minimal damage to orchards, primarily to some outside tree rows from the fires. The vast majority of orchards were not touched by the fires. The cherry crop remains undamaged and will proceed as usual.

 

Most of the power issues have been repaired in Brewster, and we are anticipating that roads and highways in the Brewster, Pateros, and south areas will be open over the weekend. . All company packing and storage facilities in Brewster are fully on line as of Friday afternoon.

 

The plan is to be in full operation Saturday both in the processing plants and orchards for all employees that are able to come to work. We also understand that many of our employees are dealing with the impact of the fires and we give them our complete support and time that they will need to deal with this tragedy.

 



Carlton Complex Fire Update 7/187/18/2014

 PIO for the Carlton Complex fire reports as of 1AM the Carlton Complex Wildfire is now at 160,000 acres. It moved rapidly last night, covering 15 miles in 10 hours. Highway 20 from Twisp to Okanogan is CLOSED. SR 153 will be intermittently closed off and on all day. If you can avoid that route, please do. Basically what happened, is the fire that started in Carlton, moved towards Pateros, and the fire that began in Winthrop, moved into Brewster. Crews from Alaska, Arizona, and California are on their way to help. According to the PIO, North Central Washington is considered a national priority at this time. More information will be provided when available.  



CITY OF PATEROS EVACUATED7/17/2014

 RESIDENTS OF PATEROS ARE BEING EVACUATED DUE TO FIRE. IF YOU LIVE IN THE AREA, PLEASE VACATE IMMEDIATELY. HOUSING IS AVAILABLE IN CHELAN AND WENATCHEE. 

 

BRWESTER THREE RIVERS HOSPITAL IS BEING EVACUATED AS WELL, STAFF AND PATIENTS ARE BEING TRANSFERRED TO BRIDGEPORT. 

 

 



Carlton Complex Fire Update 7/177/17/2014

 Carlton Complex Fire Update

July 17, 2014 - 12:00 noon

 


FIRE INFORMATION WEBSITE: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3967/

INFO PHONE: (509) 996-9971 (7:00 AM to 8:00 PM)

EMAIL: carltoncomplexfire@gmail.com

 

***A community meeting has been placed for tonight at 7:00 pm at the Methow Valley Community Center in Twisp.

The Carlton Complex fires started on July 14, by lightning from a weather system that moved through the Methow Valley. The Carlton Complex consists of four fires: Stokes Fire, Gold Hikes Fire, French Creek Fire and the Cougar Flat. The Stokes and Gold Hikes fires are now one larger fire. The fires are burning in timber and grass. The local Type 3 firefighting team has been diligently working to stop the fire spread, but despite the efforts of local, the fire has grown significantly. A request for State Mobilization was declared for additional personnel, equipment, and other logistical resources from the state at 6:30 pm on July 15. The Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed  2 structures lost.

Washington Interagency Incident Management Team 2 assumed command of the fire at noon on July 16. The team is working with existing local resources in developing fire control strategies and tactics. Other cooperators include the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), Washington State Department of Natural Resources, (WA DNR), Bureau of Land Management, WA Department of Fish & Wildlife, Okanogan Fire District 6 Okanogan Fire District 15. The Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office is providing assistance with evacuations and road closures.

The extreme fire behavior and hot weather conditions will continue to challenge firefighting efforts. Structure Protection crews are working throughout the four fire areas patrolling and monitoring around structures. Firefighters are working with property owners to help reduce vegetation and remove debris. As of yesterday morning, the number of acres burned was at 7,300. With the increase in fire activity over the last 24-hours, acreage numbers will change significantly on our next fire update.

The present fire situation continues to rapidly change due to the high fire danger. Public and firefighter safety is the priority on the Carlton Complex fires. Highway 153 is now closed at MP6-21, two miles south of Carlton.  A Level 3 Evacuation Notice is in place between Carlton to Pateros.  You can contact the “511” automated Washington Department of Transportation Travel Information line for updated information.

Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office Evacuation Levels:

 

LEVEL 1: Persons are warned that current or projected threats from hazards associated with the approaching fires are severe. This is the time to prepare.

 

LEVEL 2: Conditions indicate a good probability that hazards associated with the approaching fires will severely limit our ability to provide emergency service protection. You must prepare to leave at a moment’s notice. This may be the only notice that you receive.

 

LEVEL 3: Current conditions present specific and immediate threats to the life and safety of persons within this area. You are advised to evacuate immediately.

Evacuation/Closures: Multiple road closures are in effect. Due to the fire situation, road and highway closures could change very quickly. Hwy 20 is now closed between MP206 to MP215. Hwy 153 is closed at MP6-21 and at a Level 3 Notice between the town of Carlton and Pateros. 

Forest Service Trail Closures: Due to the changing fire situation, the following trails have been closed by the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest – Middle Fork Ridge #418, Foggy Dew #417, Martin Creek #429, Eagle Lake #431, Crater Creek #416.

 



DNR Campfire Restrictions7/17/2014

Campfires prohibited in DNR campground at Rock Lake and Rock Creek

 OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced today additional campfire restrictions in Okanogan County. 

 Effective 12:01 a.m. on July 18, 2014:

·       All campfires in Rock Creek Campground and Rock Creek Shelter in Okanogan County are prohibited.

·       All campfires in Rock Lake Campground in Okanogan County are prohibited.

·       All campfires in Leader Lake Campground in Okanogan County are prohibited, which was put into place July 15.

Daily updates on burn restrictions are available at 1-800-323-BURN or on the Fire Danger and Outdoor Burning risk map at: http://bit.ly/burnrisk

 The public also is reminded that individual campgrounds may ban campfires. Check with the campground host before lighting a campfire. 

 In an effort to reduce human-caused wildfires, DNR issued a statewide burn ban on all DNR-protected lands, effective through September 30, 2014. The ban includes all forestlands in Washington except for federal lands.

 Discover Pass
Please remember that a Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to Leader Lake Campground. Learn more at: www.discoverpass.wa.gov              



Lone Mountain Fire, Stehekin Update 7/17 noon7/17/2014

 Lone Mountain Fire Update

July 17, 2014 9:00 a.m., .Marblemount, WA – The Lone Mountain Fire, about five miles northwest of Stehekin, Washington in high rugged mountains of the Boulder Creek drainage, has grown to 200 acres. That includes a spot fire of about 40 acres that started across Butte Creek from the main fire.

The blaze is burning up and away from Stehekin in brush, standing dead trees and fallen dead trees with a few islands of mature live forest.

Firefighters have a couple advantages in protecting Stehekin. The North Cascades National Park crews have been thinning trees and prescribed burning in the valley and on the flanks of the mountains in recent years, reducing the fire hazard to the community. And wildfire has also reduced today’s hazards: the Lone Mountain Fire started where the Boulder Butte Fire burned in 1994. The Rainbow Bridge Fire burned four years ago in the mountains between Stehekin and what is now the Lone Mountain Fire.

However, the park’s strategy for this fire is not taking that safety margin for granted: for extra protection, incoming crews will be putting in fire line and hose lays between the community and the fire.

“I feel confident that we will be able to provide the Stehekin Valley bottom protection at the mouth of Boulder Creek, given our fuel treatments and recent fire in the area,” said

North Cascades Fire Management Officer Dee Townsend.

The Boulder Creek Trail is closed from Hooter Camp to War Creek Pass, and the rest of the Boulder Creek Trail will likely be closed soon.

Firefighters on scene Thursday morning included 10 smokejumpers, a helicopter, and about 10 Park Service fire fighters. Two fire observers keep a constant watch on the blaze, tracking changes. One hand crew is on the way and two 20-person crews are ordered up, but many fires are burning in the Pacific Northwest. Firefighting resources are scarce, and other fires have higher priority.

Because of the extreme mountain terrain and because aircraft and firefighters were already dedicated to other blazes, initial attack was not successful when it was first discovered. Lone Mountain Fire is expected to continue to grow, adding smoke to the Stehekin and Methow valleys.

 



WSDOT Alert- SR 207/17/2014

 WSDOT Highway Alert New

COUNTY:  Okanogan
EVENT START:  July 17, 2014 11:00 a.m.
EVENT EST. END:  Unknown
LOCATION:   SR 20 from Milepost 206 to milepost 215, east of Twisp.
INCIDENT DESCRIPTION:  SR 20 is closed east of Twisp in both directions from milepost 206 at Finley Canyon to milepost 215 at the summit of Loup Loup Pass.  There is no detour available.  Currently there is no estimated time of reopening.

OTHER: 
CONTACT:  NCTMC  (509) 667-2802
ALERT TIME:  July 17, 2014 11:00 a.m.

DISCLAIMER:  The Washington State Department of Transportation provides this information as a public service. It is based on currently available information. Motorists are reminded that weather and road conditions can change rapidly and should plan accordingly. For current traveler information, please visit www.wsdot.wa.gov/traffic or call 5-1-1.



Mills Canyon Fire "Complex" Update, 7/17 8AM7/17/2014

  Yesterday

Mills Canyon Fire operations went as expected on Wednesday.  Firefighters continued to tighten containment lines, focusing on mop-up and patrol.  .  Fire officials are maintaining staffing levels on the Mills Canyon Fire to ensure the work invested in containing the fire holds as it is tested by winds.  There was a night shift assigned to the Mills Canyon Fire. 
 
Chiwaukum Creek Fire made a large run Wednesday, growing to the east and southeast to about 5,000 acres and spotting across Highway 2.  Firefighters who were attempting to anchor and flank the fire turned their attention to point protection as winds pushed the fire toward homes and structures.  While air support continued throughout the shift, smoky conditions limited the use of air tankers.  50-100 foot flame lengths were seen above the tops of trees.  There was a night shift assigned to the Chiwaukum Creek Fire.
 
Kelly Mountain Fire, northeast of Entiat, Washington was estimated at about 65 acres Wednesday afternoon.  Eight smokejumpers worked to contain the fire which is burning in subalpine fir near the Entiat ridgeline.  The fire has natural barriers on two sides.
 
Weather
While slightly cooler, today’s weather is expected to be similar to yesterday with unstable conditions, high temperatures and low humidity.  The dry cold front predicted to move through the Pacific Northwest will cool temperatures by 10-12 degrees and raise relative humidity slightly.  Wind speeds of 15-20 miles per hour, with gusts to 30 are predicted.  
 
Today’s Operations
The safety of firefighters and the public remains the highest priority.
Mills Canyon Fire will maintain the contingent of resources assigned yesterday.  They will continue working to increase the probability of success by strengthening containment lines and mopping up.  Patrol will continue as firefighters watch for rolling debris that may threaten firelines.  Rehabilitation work will begin on portions of the fire area where it is safe to do so.  
 
Chiwaukum firefighters will continue focusing on point, or structure protection and will be identifying and establishing contingency lines.  Crews and equipment that are excess to the needs on Mills Canyon Fire have been reassigned and additional resources have been ordered.  Given the predicted weather, yesterday’s fire activity is expected to re-occur. State mobilization resources continue to arrive today to support protection of structures.
 
Kelly Mountain Fire will be staffed with eight additional smokejumpers, for a total of 16.  
 
Fire managers anticipate the arrival of up to four National Guard Helicopters today.
 
Evacuations Information
Evacuations and closures are dynamic.  Changing throughout the day as the fires move or as suppression efforts succeed in lessening the threat.  Chelan County Emergency Services has established facebook and twitter sites where they post pertinent closure and evacuation information.  For the most current closure or evacuation information please check their site at www.facebook.com/pages/Chelan-County-Emergency-Management/188543097925415 or follow them on twitter @ChelanCountyEM.  Links to those sites and other helpful fire information is available on InciWeb at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3937/.  
 
Highway 2 is closed at the time of this update.  Current State Highway Closure information is available on their twitter feed @wsdot.  
 
Shelters
Red Cross has set up a shelter at the Baptist Church in Leavenworth.  A large animal shelter has been set up at the Chelan County Fairgrounds.  Entry is at Tillicum’s back gate off of Kimber Road.  There are no buckets for watering so please bring your own bucket.


Leavenworth Red Cross Shelter 7/17/2014

 071714 Thursday AM News Leavenworth Red Cross Shelter

The American Red Cross Apple Valley Chapter  has opened an emergency shelter at the First Baptist Church in Leavenworth to provide safety to residents being evacuated due to the Chiwaukum Creek Wildfire burning near Leavenworth. A level 3 evacuation order (mandatory) has been issued for homes in this area.

The shelter will remain operational until American Red Cross and Emergency Management personnel deem it appropriate to close.

Anyone evacuating to a Red Cross shelter should bring the following essential items for each member of the family:

·  Prescription and emergency medications

·  Foods that meet unusual dietary requirements

·  Identification and important personal documents

·   Supplies needed for children and infants, such as diapers, formula and toys

·   Special items for family members who are elderly or disabled

·   Note: Public health regulations do not permit pets in shelters. Trained assistance animals are permitted.

The American Red Cross continues to work with emergency management to coordinate on further developments. 

 



Lone Mountain Fire, Stehekin Area 7/16/2014

 Lone Mountain Fire burns above Lake Chelan

The Lone Mountain Fire is burning in the North Cascades National Park approximately five miles northwest of Stehekin, Washington in the Boulder Creek drainage.

The fire is in rough, high mountains inside an area burned in the Boulder Butte Fire of 1994. “It’s very steep terrain,” said Park Fire Management Officer Dee Townsend, “with a lot of dead fallen and dead standing trees and brush.”

A helicopter pilot spotted the fire after thunderstorms passed through. The fire was reported at about 15 acres Tuesday evening. The pilot also reported a burning log nearby but observers could not locate the second fire on Tuesday.

For now, firefighters are keeping their eyes on the Lone Mountain Fire, which is best accessed by air. Smokejumpers are staffing the fire and Townsend has ordered additional firefighters to assist as they become available. “There are not many firefighters available because of what’s going on around us,” said Townsend, referring to the many fires burning in the Pacific Northwest right now. “Safety is our first priority,” said Townsend. She added that the Lone Mountain Fire is not currently threatening life or property, which means that other fires have priority, but that additional firefighters should be on the ground in Boulder Creek fairly soon.

For safety, park officials have closed the Boulder Creek Trail from Hooter Camp to War Creek Pass.

Townsend is expecting the fire to grow and add smoke to the skies of the Stehekin and Methow valleys. She also stated that the Lone Mountain Fire would “have to crawl up and over the ridges that include Rennie Peak and Reynolds Peak” to get to the Twisp River drainages. “To get to the Stehekin area, the fire would have to burn five miles over ridges and downhill” through an area that was burned in the Rainbow Bridge Fire only four years ago.



Mills Canyon Fire Closures and Evacuations7/16/2014

Chelan County Emergency Management Facebook Page has Current Closure/Evacuation Information 

 
Mills Canyon Fire 
• Highway 97A from Wenatchee to Entiat River road is open 
Level 3 
• There are No level 3 evacuations for the Mills Canyon Fire 
Level 2 
• Level 2 Swakane Canyon 
Level 1 
• Along Entiat river road up to Dinkleman Canyon road 
• Along Entiat River road from Dinkleman Canyon road to Roaring Creek road and the 
Roaring Creek road 
• Along Highway 97A from Wenatchee to Entiat River road, no advisory assigned 
• Eagle Rock/Burch Mtn. area 
• Entiat River Rd from Roaring Creek road to Mad Creek road including side roads 
• Nahahum Canyon from end of pavement 
• Hay Canyon from end of pavement 
• Olalla Canyon from end of pavement 
Chiwaukum Creek Fire 
Level 3 
• Chiwaukum Creek road 
• Coulter Creek road includes Scottish High Camp 
Level 2 
• South side (fireside) of HWY 2 from Coulter Creek to Hatchery Creek 
 
Nason Creek rest area, truck side closed, car side open


Chiwaukum Creek Fire Grows7/16/2014

Leavenworth, Wash. - The Chiwaukum Creek Fire was reported by an aerial observer earlier Tuesday and grew from 1/10th of an acre to 200-500 acres. Exact acreage is hard to determine because of the very smoky conditions.  The fire is located approximately three miles south of the Coles Corner area near Lake Wenatchee, and approximately ten miles north of Leavenworth. 

The Chiwaukum Creek Fire is actively burning upslope from the valley floor to ridge top.  It is burning in heavy fuels (brush and timber) with the potential for a high rate of spread. Spotting was reported up to a mile from the fire head.  Hiking Trails in the area are being swept by Wenatchee River Ranger District trail crews.

The Chiwaukum Creek fire management is transitioning from the Wenatchee River Ranger District to a new Operational Division of the Mills Canyon Fire Complex.  Current fire resources include: 2 helicopters, 3 hotshot crews & 2-20 person fire crews.

 

Red flag warnings today (7/16/14) are for winds pushing to the east. Evacuation notices issued by Chelan County in conjunction with the FS include:

Level 3   Chiwaukum Creek Drainage Level 3   Coulter Creek

Level 2  Tumwater Campground

 

Evacuation Levels defined:

Level 1 evacuations are an alert. Residents should be aware of the danger that exists, and monitor local media outlets for information. Residents with special needs, or those with pets or livestock, should take note and make preparations for relocating family members, pets, and livestock.

Level 2 evacuations indicate there is a significant risk to your area, and residents should either voluntarily relocate to a shelter or with family/friends outside of the area, or, be ready to leave at a moments notice.

Level 3 means danger is currently affecting your area or is imminent, and you should leave immediately.

 

Smoke is visible from the Leavenworth, Lake Wenatchee and Cashmere areas. The Cause is not determined.



Fire Mobilization for Stokes Road Fire7/16/2014

 

State fire assistance has been mobilized under the Washington State Fire Services Resource Mobilization Plan in support of local firefighters working to contain the Stokes Road Fire, in Okanogan County, near Carlton.  Washington State Patrol Deputy Chief Curt Hattell authorized the mobilization of state firefighting resources on Tuesday July 15, 2014, at 6:30 pm at the request of Okanogan County Fire District 6.

25 residences and an unknown number of outbuildings threatened by the fire.  Level 3 evacuation orders in in place for some areas near the fire. 

Mobilization specialists from the Fire Protection Bureau have ordered six strike teams (30 engines and 6 water tenders) to assist resources already on scene. A Department of Natural Type 3 Incident Management Team is currently managing the incident. A type 2 incident management team has been ordered for the fire.

The State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at Camp Murray has been activated to Phase II, to coordinate state assistance for the Stokes Road Fire.  Personnel from the Office of the State Fire Marshal will be on scene to coordinate dispatch of resources, and other personnel will staff the State EOC.

Under the State Fire Services Resource Mobilization Plan, the Fire Protection Bureau coordinates the initial dispatch and continued administrative oversight of resources and personnel for the duration of the incident.  The Mobilization Plan is implemented to provide a process to quickly notify, assemble and deploy fire service personnel, equipment and other resources from around the state when fires, disasters or other events exceed the capacity of local jurisdictions. 

More information about the Washington State Fire Services Resource Mobilization Plan is available at:  http://www.wsp.wa.gov/fire/mobilization.htm



Mills Canyon Fire Update 5PM 7/157/15/2014

 

Effective at 6:00 pm, on Tuesday, July 15, 2014, Evacuation/Alert Notices related to the Mills Canyon fire are reduced to the following levels.  No areas are currently under a Level 3 Evacuation Notice, while three homes located in Swakane Canyon remain under a Level 2 Evacuation Notice. 

The following roads and/or areas are under a Level 1 Evacuation Notice: 

·       Entiat River Road from Keystone Place to Mad River Road

·       Nahahum Canyon Road beyond the end of the pavement

·       Hay Canyon Road beyond the end of the pavement

·       The Upper Eagle Rock/Burch Mountain Area. 

The Mills Canyon Road and Roaring Creek Road both remain closed at the national forest boundary.



Carlton Fire Update: 4PM, 7/157/15/2014

DAILY UPDATE July 15, 2014 4:00.m. 

 
On Tuesday, firefighters worked to contain an active fire 
located about 2 miles south of Carlton, Washington. The 
fire, which started Monday afternoon, July 14, 2014, has 
burned over 600 acres in steep, rocky terrain. 
 
Base Camp has been set up at Liberty Bell High School. 
Travelers should use caution when travelling through the 
area as emergency vehicles will be present. 
 
Continued warm and dry weather is expected for 
Wednesday. With an outlook for continued fire growth 
and the addition of smaller fires in the area, a Type II 
Incident Management Team has been mobilized for this 
fire. 
 
Texas Creek Road is closed and homes from 0.8 miles to 
3.2 miles up the road are under a Level III evacuation, 
which means that residents should leave immediately. 
 
 
Quick Facts 
Location: Approximately 2 miles S of 
Carlton, WA Lat/Long: 48º 12’ 56.51” N 120º 7’ 58.43” W 
 
Start Date: 07/14/14– 1:00PM 
 
Cause: Lightning 
 
Approx. Size: 600 Acres 
 
Percent 
containment: 
0% 
 
Assigned 
Resources: 
5 10-person crews 
6 engines 
2 Water Tenders 
4 dozers 
Aviation Used: 2 Air tankers 
1 Air attack 
Total Personnel: 127 
Land Manager: WA DNR 
Resources 
Threatened: 
25 structures 
Timber 
Fuels: Scattered sage, pine stands 
with grass understory 


Mills Canyon Fire Update 10AM 7/157/15/2014

The Mills Canyon fire continues to burn south and west of the central Washington town of Entiat. Dry fuels consisting of short grass, brush, and scattered timber on steep, rocky terrain challenge suppression efforts for fire crews. Cooperating agencies include U.S. Forest Service (USFS), Washington State Department of Natural Resources, (WA DNR), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Chelan County Emergency Management, the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office, and Chelan County Fire District 8.

Yesterday

The predicted thunderstorms had only minimal effects on the fire. Isolated showers did drop up to ¼ inch of rain on the western edge of the fire, but other areas received no moisture. Although the heat persisted, crews made excellent progress in extending and strengthening both primary and contingency firelines. Precautionary preparations to protect private property south of the fire continued. Fire officials were pleased with the progress, but cautioned that securing some sections of that perimeter remain to be completed.

Weather

A Heat Advisory has been issued by the National Weather Service for today. Maximum temperatures are predicted to reach 106 degrees. Relative humidity will be low (very dry air). Wind direction will shift to the west and southwest with gusts up to 12 mph.

Today’s Operations

The critical operation for today is bringing the containment line on the southern flank of the fire down to the bottom of Swakane Canyon.

The current line is midway up the slope with unburned fuel below it. That presents safety concerns for firefighters and high potential for burning material to roll below the line. Armed with knowledge of the intense fire history in that locale, fire managers decided to relocate the line to a more defensible position and burn out the remaining fuel up to the old line. A burn out is literally fighting fire with fire by lighting successive narrow strips of fire parallel to the line progressively further interior from the line. The desired result is to consume much of the fuel near the ground without allowing it to establish in the tree tops or other aerial fuels. The goal is to slow and cool the approaching fire front by reducing the available fuel.

Additional staffing is being dedicated to this critical operation, including contingency forces south of the canyon on Burch Mountain. Planned for mid-morning, firing will begin approximately four miles up Swakane Canyon and move down toward Highway 97A. The operation is anticipated to produce a noticeable increase in visible smoke which may cause concern for the observing public; however, the duration should be limited.

Actions on the remainder of the fire will be very similar to yesterday. The emphasis will be on completing the northwest segment of primary line. Precautionary structure protection preparation will also continue in neighborhoods south of Burch Mountain. An initial attack group has been designated to respond to new fire starts within the Mills Canyon vicinity and assist local agencies.

Smoke may be heavy at times in the Entiat River valley and Wenatchee, particularly down valley from the Mills Canyon Fire. The elderly, children, and anyone with compromised respiratory health are advised to take precautions by limiting exposure to the smoke until conditions improve. The Chelan-Douglas County Health District provides local air quality advisories (www.cdhd.wa.gov).

Motorists traveling in the area of the Mills Canyon Fire may encounter closures on Highway 97A in the vicinity of Swakane Canyon during the burn out. Extra vigilance and caution are also advised due to heavy fire equipment traffic and potential distractions due to the operations.

Fire danger remains high across Eastern Washington. Be sure to check with your fire agencies for restrictions, forest and state closures.

Evacuations

Level 1: Highway 97A from Wenatchee to the Entiat River Road, along the Entiat River Road from Roaring Creek Road to Ardenvoir, Eagle Rock/Burch Mountain area, Nahahum Canyon beyond the end of the pavement, Hay Canyon beyond the end of the pavement and Olalla Canyon beyond the end of the pavement (a total of approximately 433 structures).

Level 2: 51 structures on the south side of the Entiat River Road between Mile Post 1.5 and Dinkelman Canyon and Swakane Canyon.

Level 3: 37 structures on the southwest side of Entiat River Road from Dinkelman Canyon to Roaring Creek Road and the entire Roaring Creek Road.

Chelan County official in consultation with the incident management team are regularly evaluating evacuation levels and making adjustments as conditions dictate. For additional information on evacuation levels or road closures, please refer to the Chelan County Emergency Management Facebook page.

Definitions

Level 1: Alert - Residents should be aware of the danger that exists in their area, and monitor local media outlets for information. Evacuations at this time are voluntary.

Level 2: Be Ready - This level indicates there is significant danger to your area, and residents should either voluntarily relocate to a shelter or with family/friends outside of the effected area, or if choosing to remain, to be ready at a moment’s notice.

Level 3: Leave Immediately - Danger to your area is current or imminent, and you should leave immediately.

Shelters

The Red Cross is evaluating the continuing need for a shelter. For additional information contact the Wenatchee Red Cross at 509-663-3907



Mills Canyon Fire Update 11AM 7/147/14/2014
The Mills Canyon fire continues to burn south and west of Entiat, Washington. Dry fuels consisting of short grass, brush, and scattered timber on steep, rocky terrain challenge suppression efforts for fire crews. Cooperating agencies include U.S. Forest Service (USFS), Washington State Department of Natural Resources, (WA DNR), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Chelan County Emergency Management, the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office, and Chelan County Fire District 8.

Yesterday

Sunday were successful in minimizing fire perimeter growth. The northeast, east and southeast sectors of the fire were very quiet. Crews patrolled them to assure that remaining hot spots do not breach the line. Several spot fires outside the containment lines were detected and suppressed yesterday in Swakane Canyon. They were primarily attributed to rolling material on steep terrain. Hot, dry conditions continue to make fuels extremely flammable.

Containment lines in Roaring Creek were improved and reinforced. Incremental progress continued on connecting containment lines around the northwest corner of the fire from upper Swakane through Dinkelman Flats to Roaring Creek. Air tankers and bulldozers were extensively employed in this operation. Secondary lines are also being simultaneously improved to provide a safety net should fire activity intensify. In that same precautionary vein, the structure protection group turned their attention to assessing conditions in the Burch Mountain area to prepare for a worst-case event that could threaten property there. Dry thunderstorms pummeled the Oregon Cascades yesterday, but stalled before arriving locally.

Weather

A red Flag warning for thunderstorms extends through 11:00 am this morning. Skies are expected to clear following the passage of the storm. Afternoon maximum temperatures are expected to range from the mid-90’s to over 100 with low humidity (10-15%).

Today’s Operations

Based on current conditions and a local history of dramatic fire growth, fire managers are aggressively attacking the blaze while simultaneous establishing contingency measures. Today’s plan is to reinforce both primary and contingency lines. The thunderstorms this morning are expected to test of the effectiveness of the existing primary lines. The top priorities are to reinforce recently constructed hand lines located midslope in upper Swakane Canyon and along Roaring Creek. Other planned activities include extending and improving secondary lines and initiating precautionary structure protection measures near Burch Mountain.

Smoke may be heavy at times in the Entiat River valley and Wenatchee, particularly down valley from the Mills Canyon Fire. The elderly, children, and anyone with compromised respiratory health are advised to take precautions by limiting exposure to the smoke until conditions improve. The Chelan-Douglas County Health District provides local air quality advisories (www.cdhd.wa.gov).

Fire danger remains high across Eastern Washington. Be sure to check with your fire agencies for restrictions, forest and state closures.

Evacuations

Level 1: Highway 97A from Wenatchee to the Entiat River Road, along the Entiat River Road from Roaring Creek Road to Ardenvoir, Eagle Rock/Burch Mountain area, Nahahum Canyon beyond the end of the pavement, Hay Canyon beyond the end of the pavement and Olalla Canyon beyond the end of the pavement (a total of approximately 433 structures).

Level 2: 51 structures on the south side of the Entiat River Road between Mile Post 1.5 and Dinkelman Canyon and Swakane Canyon.

Level 3: 37 structures on the southwest side of Entiat River Road from Dinkelman Canyon to Roaring Creek Road and the entire Roaring Creek Road.

Chelan County official in consultation with the incident management team are regularly evaluating evacuation levels and making adjustments as conditions dictate. For additional information on evacuation levels or road closures, please refer to the Chelan County Emergency Management Facebook page.

Definitions

Level 1: Alert - Residents should be aware of the danger that exists in their area, and monitor local media outlets for information. Evacuations at this time are voluntary.

Level 2: Be Ready - This level indicates there is significant danger to your area, and residents should either voluntarily relocate to a shelter or with family/friends outside of the effected area, or if choosing to remain, to be ready at a moment’s notice.

Level 3: Leave Immediately - Danger to your area is current or imminent, and you should leave immediately.

Shelters

The Red Cross is evaluating the continuing need for a shelter. For additional information contact the Wenatchee Red Cross at 509-663-3907 

 


25 Mile Creek Fire Update as of 11:30AM, 7/137/14/2014

 U.S. FOREST SERVICE FIRE UPDATE

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest

Chelan Ranger District, Chelan, WA 98816

 25 Mile Creek Fire Near South Shore of Lake Chelan 90% Contained

 Chelan, WA—The 25 Mile Creek Fire is located near the south shore of Lake Chelan, approximately 25 miles west of Chelan, just beyond 25-Mile Creek State Park. The 240 acre fire is estimated to be 90% contained.  

 Kari Grover-Wier, Chelan District Ranger, said that 120 firefighters continue to work on securing fire lines and mopping up hot spots.  Despite the high temperatures the fire activity on Saturday was fairly quiet.  Fire officials expect to reach 100% containment on the fire by  mid-day today. The public may continue to see some spots smoking within the interior of the fire line.  No structures are threatened at this time.

 Fire officials are paying close attention to firefighter safety due to the high temperatures, ensuring crews are well hydrated and taking adequate rest breaks.

 Closures: The Shady Pass and Slide Ridge Roads remain closed to allow for the safety of fire suppression resources working in the area.   Snowberry Campground is closed, however both Lake Chelan State Park and Twenty Five Mile State Park are open.

 Evacuation Levels:  Fire officials and the County Sheriff’s office have reduced the Shady Pass area from a Level 3 Evacuation Alert Level down to Level 1, which asks residents to continue to monitor local media outlets for updates on the fire situation.

 Background:  The fire started around 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 10 and was reported as a structure fire. 

 Area Campfire Restrictions:   Due to concerns for predicted weather, high temperatures, lighting potential and dry conditions the public is asked to be extra vigilant and  cautious with campfires or barbecues, and to adhere to local campfire restrictions.  

 LEVEL 1A level 1 Evacuation means alert. Residents should be aware of the danger that exists in their area, and monitor local media outlets for information.

LEVEL 2A Level 2 Evacuation means be ready. This level indicates there is significant danger to your area, and residents should either voluntarily relocate to a shelter or with family/friends outside of the affected area, or if choosing to remain, to be ready at a moment’s notice.

                    LEVEL 3A Level 3 Evacuation means leave immediately. Danger to your area is current or imminent, and you should leave immediately.

 

 




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25 Mile Creek Fire Update as of 3PM7/11/2014

U.S. FOREST SERVICE FIRE UPDATE

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest

Chelan Ranger District, Chelan, WA 98816

 

Fire Update

25 Mile Creek Fire Near South Shore of Lake Chelan

 

Chelan, WA-- Incident Commander Dave Brown, from the Washington State Department of

Natural Resources, reports good progress is being made to suppress the fire burning

within the 25 Mile Creek Drainage of Lake Chelan.  The fire is 25 miles from the City of Lake Chelan and located near the terminusof the South Shore Road, and 1 1/2 miles east of Darby Draw.   The fire is being suppressed through Unified Command by the State of Washington Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Forest Service.

 The fire was first reported yesterday, July 10 at approximately 2:00 p.m.  Aggressiveinitial attack was taken by fire fighters from several DNR and Chelan County engine crews and U. S. Forest Service hand crews.  In addition, numerous water bucket drops were made by  Type I and Type II helicopters to cool the perimeter of the fire.  Hand line was built yesterday along nearly the entire length of the northern flank of the fire.  Last night, hot shot crews from Prineville, Oregon and Redmond, Oregon built hand line along the southern flank of the fire.

 

Today's fire suppression objectives are to re-enforce and hold existing fire lines while building less than 1/4 mile of uncompleted hand-line at the fire's northwest corner. The fire has not grown since its initial spread yesterday.  Fire  suppression efforts continueto contain the fire to its initial area of  approximately 400 acres in size.

 

The entire South Shore Road adjacent to Lake Chelan remains open to the public as  does the 25 Mile Creek State Park.  A Level 3 evacuation order by the Chelan County  Sheriff remains in effect for the Shady Pass Road, affecting approximately 6-10  households.  



Mills Canyon Fire Update7/11/2014

 Mills Canyon Fire Update 

July 11, 2014 - 9:00 am 
FIRE INFORMATION WEBSITE: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3937/ 
 
The Mills Canyon fire continues to burn near the town of Entiat. The fire started on July 8, and remains under investigation by the Washington Department of Natural Resources. Cooperating agencies include U.S. Forest Service (USFS), Washington State Department of Natural Resources, (WA DNR), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Chelan County Emergency Management, the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office, and Chelan County Fire District 8. 
 
Last night’s public information meeting was held at the local fire station in Entiat to update local residents on the fire situation and listen to concerns regarding the fire. Approximately 72 residents attended the meeting. 
 
Fire Situation: Crews worked throughout the night protecting structures in the vicinity of Roaring Creek and 
Dinkelman Canyon. The establishment of a containment line allowed the road closure to be lifted yesterday evening along Highway 97A, between Entiat River Road to Wenatchee for a short period of time, but has since been closed due to firefighting activity in that area. Safety of the public and firefighters is the highest priority on the Mills Canyon Fire. 
 
Today, hotshot crews continue work on the south and northwest portions of the uncontained perimeter of the fire. Hotshot crews from Oregon and Washington include Union, LaGrande, Winema, Redmond, Prineville, Wolf Creek and Entiat. Firefighters are working closely with local Resource Advisors to minimize the impacts of fire suppression activities. 
 
Dozers will be working the southern perimeter of the fire to extend the containment lines. Challenges for fire personnel include steep rocky terrain, flashy fuels, warm weather conditions, and locating safe access routes into remote areas. 
 
Smoke may be heavy at times in the Entiat River valley, particularly down valley from the Mills Canyon Fire. 
Heavy smoke can be of concern to elderly, young children, and anyone with respiratory health conditions. 
Those persons may need to take precautions by staying indoors and limiting outdoor activities until smoke 
conditions improve. 
 
ACRES: 18.065
CONTAINMENT: 19%
TOTAL PERSONNEL: 646
 
 


97A Closure7/11/2014

 WSDOT Highway Alert New
COUNTY:  Chelan
EVENT START:  July 11, 2014 10:30 a.m.
EVENT EST. END:  Unknown
LOCATION:  US 97A from Milepost 201 to milepost 214.
INCIDENT DESCRIPTION:  US 97A is closed in both directions from milepost 201 in Wenatchee to milepost 214 in Entiat due to fire activities.  Motorists can access Entiat from Chelan.  Traffic between Wenatchee and Chelan can use US 2 and US 97 on the east side of the Columbia River.  There is no current estimated time of reopening.



Bridgeport Highland Fire7/11/2014

 Latest News on the Bridgeport Highland Fire:

 

July 11, 2014 10 AM

Highland 2 Fire Final Update


Information Contacts: Jeff Sevigney (509) 993-2946


NEWS FROM THE FIRELINE: Crews finished mop up operations around 8:00 pm last night. At approximately 6:30 AM this morning a small grass fire was reported in the area of the Highland 2 fire just east of Bridgeport, WA. Two strike teams that were preparing to demobilize responded and assisted Douglas Co FD 3 in extinguishing the fire. Crews stayed on scene and completed mop up by 10:00 AM.


The Highland fire started at 9:30 AM, July 9. The fire was approved for state mobilization, which allowed for additional resources to be deployed from around the state. The Spokane County Incident Management Team assumed command at 7:00 PM, July 9. Thanks to the great work of local agencies the fire was knocked down and did not damage any structures. Local firefighters also responded to a small fire on State Route 174 that was quickly contained at approximately 37 acres.

 

CONTAINMENT: 100%


SIZE: 492 acres (acreage revised due to more accurate mapping)


LOCATION: Approximately 6 miles East of Bridgeport, WA & 6.5 miles East of Leahy Rd. On State Route 174.

 

VEGETATION TYPE AND TERRAIN: Sage and Heavy Grass in moderate terrain.


WEATHER: Temp 97 degrees, 12% humidity with northwest winds 5-10 MPH .


PERSONNEL: 73


RESOURCES: Spokane County Incident Management Team A, 2 Strike Teams consisting of 5 engines and one water tender and 1 - 20 person hand crew.


AGENCIES & COOPERATORS INVOLVED: Douglas County Fire District 3, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, American Red Cross, and Washington State Patrol Fire Mobilization.


 

OTHER INFORMATION: All road closures and evacuations have been canceled. The Spokane County Incident Management Team A would like to thank everyone for their support of the firefighters that responded to the incident.



New NCW Community Board Members 7/11/2014

 New Board Members Join Community Foundation of NCW

 

The Community Foundation of NCW is pleased to announce the addition of four new board members: Deborah Hartl, Ken Jackson, Eliot Scull, and Peter Valaas.

 

Deborah Hartl is the Human Resources Director at the Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort and Icicle Broadcasting, Executive Director of the Sleeping Lady Foundation, and serves as assistant to Leavenworth business owner and philanthropist, Harriet Builitt. Prior to her current employment, Deborah worked for the Washington State Apple Commission for 10 years. A Leavenworth resident for nearly 30 years, Deborah lives with her husband Bill, who retired from the US Forest Service; together they have one son. Deborah is a member and past president of Wenatchee Valley Personnel Managers Group, member and past-president of the Leavenworth Rotary Club, and member and past church council president of Grace Lutheran Church in Cashmere. Deborah enjoys hiking, running, reading, and time with her family.

 

Ken Jackson is an orchardist that has lived in the Upper Valley for 30 years. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Western Washington University and is an active volunteer in his profession and community. He currently serves as a board member for the Oregon-Washington Canned Pear Association, an alternate board member for the Pear Bureau, member of the Cashmere Rotary, member of the Washington Farm Bureau and Horticulture Association, and past board member and chairman of the Cashmere School Board. Ken enjoys traveling, skiing, a nice restaurant, and time at Lake Chelan with his family.

 

Eliot Scull is a retired Ophthalmologist and fell in love with the Northwest after working as a rafting guide in the middle fork of the Salmon River in 1960. He moved to Wenatchee in 1975 with his wife, Tina, after serving as a Navy Flight Surgeon in the Vietnam War. Eliot has a strong belief in supporting one’s community and has been involved in several volunteer positions, including the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust. His passions are focused toward conservation and public recreation. Eliot is an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys hiking and kayaking both near and far. 

 

Peter Valaas is a fourth generation Wenatchee Valley resident who has spent the past 30 years as a staff anesthesiologist for Confluence Health in Wenatchee. He is active in the Nordic Skiing community and has served many volunteer positions including the Leavenworth Winter Sports Club Board, President of the Hog Loppet Association, and current Chair of the Washington State Parks Winter Recreation Advisory Committee. Professionally, Peter is a recent past-president of Wenatchee Anesthesia Associates. Peter enjoys skiing, hiking, is a bicycle commuter, and has been known to narrate the annual ice skating show with the Wenatchee Figure Skating Club. He and his wife Susan reside in Wenatchee and have one son and two daughters.

 

The foundation also announces the succession of Board of Trustee Officers with Katie Kavanaugh Pauly who will now serve as Chair, Ken Marson as Vice Chair, and Gil Sparks as Secretary/Treasurer. Katie is an active community volunteer and resides in Wenatchee; Ken Marson is owner of Marson & Marson Lumber, Inc. in Leavneworth; and Gil is an attorney at Ogden Murphy Wallace and resides in Wenatchee. All Trustee Officers are committed to serve a 3-year term in each succeeding position.

 

The foundation gratefully acknowledges Kristine Taylor, Senior VP/Investments at Stifel Nicolaus, for her commitment, dedication, and completion of her term as Board Chair.

 

For a full listing of Community Foundation Board of Trustees, visit www.cfncw.org/board.           



Chelan PUD's River Ramble Rescheduled7/11/2014

 

The fire socking parts of the Wenatchee Valley with thick smoke and closing Highway 97A is forcing postponement of this weekend’s “River Ramble” that was set to takplace at Rocky Reach Dam Visitor Center.

It was to run Friday and Saturday howevger potential closure of the highway leading to the Visitor Center, smoke in the valley compounded by expected high temperatures create a health and safety risk that prompted the decision to postpone.

“It makes my heart heavy to delay the wonderful program we had planned, but it just makes sense to reschedule River Ramble,” said Visitor Services Manager Debbie Gallaher.

Gallaher hopes to reschedule the event for sometime in September. Visitors should check back with the PUD at www.chelanpud.org



Update: 25 mile creek7/10/2014

 S Lakeshore Road is blocked, residents are only allowed through with proper identification. Shady Pass Area is on Level 3 evacuation which means leave immediately. Marine help was requested to monitor boats tied up to docks in that area as well. 

 

Tune in tomorrow morning at 7AM with Jay Witherbee for more information.



25 Mile Creek Fire7/10/2014

 At 2:20 this afternoon a fire was reported at S Lakeshore Road in the 25 Mile Creek Area. It has been determined it started as a structure fire, then quickly spread to a brush fire. A 3rd alarm was declared at 2:55PM. As of now it is at 5 acres. Chelan Deputies were dispatched to do possible evacuations. Crews are responding and helicopters have been dumping buckets on the fire. 

 

More information will be posted when available. 

 

 



Mills Canyon Fire Update7/10/2014

 Washington Incident Interagency Management Team 2

Incident Commander – Nathan Rabe

 

 

Mills Canyon Fire Update

July 10, 2014 - 9:00 AM

 


FIRE INFORMATION WEBSITE: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3937/

 

ACRES

CONTAINMENT

TOTAL PERSONNEL

6171

0%

408

 

*** A public meeting regarding the Mills Canyon Fire will be held tonight at 7:00 PM at the new Chelan County Fire Station 8 located at 2200 Entiat Way in the town of Entiat.

 

The Mills Canyon fire started near the City of Entiat on Tuesday, July 8. Despite the efforts of local resources, the fire quickly grew to over 1000 acres by evening. Three outbuildings were damaged. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Washington Department of Natural Resources.

 

Washington Interagency Incident Management Team 2 assumed command of the fire at 9:00 AM on Wednesday, July 9. The team is working with existing local resources in developing fire control strategies and tactics. Other cooperators include the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), Washington State Department of Natural Resources, (WA DNR), Bureau of Land Management, Chelan County Emergency Management, and Chelan County Fire District 8. The Chelan County Sheriff’s office is providing assistance with evacuations and road closures.

 

Fire Situation: As of yesterday, the fire was estimated at 6171 acres. Fire activity overnight increased the size of the fire and operations personnel are working to identify updated acreage. At approximately 8:00 PM last night, a request for State Mobilization was declared for additional personnel, equipment, and other logistical resources from the state.

 

The focus for today will be on the northern portion of the fire perimeter. Challenges for fire personnel include steep rocky terrain, flashy fuels, and warm weather conditions. Firefighter personnel will continue scouting the southern perimeter for safe access routes. The fire has reached Highway 97A on the eastern perimeter and has been closed due to rolling debris onto the highway and heavy smoke conditions.

 

Evacuation Levels: A Level 3 Evacuation is in place for 109 structures along Highway 97A between Entiat River Road and Swakane Canyon Road. Approximately 122 structures are at a Level 2 Evacuation on Entiat River Road between Mile Post 1.5 and Roaring Creek Road. The Entiat River Road is open to local residents only. For additional information on evacuation levels or road closures, please refer to the Chelan County Emergency Management Facebook page.

LEVEL 1: A level 1 Evacuation means alert. Residents should be aware of the danger that exists in their area, and monitor local media outlets for information. Evacuations at this time are voluntary.

LEVEL 2: A Level 2 Evacuation means be ready. This level indicates there is significant danger to your area, and residents should either voluntarily relocate to a shelter or with family/friends outside of the effected area, or if choosing to remain, to be ready at a moment’s notice.

LEVEL 3: A Level 3 Evacuation means leave immediately. Danger to your area is current or imminent, and you should leave immediately.

 

Road Closures: Highway 97A between Entiat River Road to Wenatchee.

 

Shelters: The Red Cross is operating a shelter at the Seventh Day Adventist Church on 5th and Western in Wenatchee for displaced residents. For additional information contact the Wenatchee Red Cross at 509-663-3907

 

Smoke may be heavy at times in the Entiat river valley, particularly down valley from the Mills Canyon Fire. Prevailing winds could carry smoke towards Wenatchee. Heavy smoke can be of concern to elderly, young children, and anyone with respiratory health conditions. Those persons may need to take precautions by staying indoors and limiting outdoor activities until smoke conditions improve.

 

The public is asked to stay clear of the road closure areas and to minimize traffic on roads accessed by firefighting crews. Fire danger remains high across Eastern Washington. Be sure to check with your fire agencies for local fire restrictions, forest and state closures.

 

The Washington Incident Interagency Management Team 2 appreciates your support and patience while firefighters work to manage the Mills Canyon Fire. No injuries have been reported on this fire.

 

 

 

 



Morning News for Wed. 7/97/9/2014

 Here is the local morning news from the morning of Wednesday, July 9th with Jay Witherbee. 

 

 

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Mills Canyon Fire Update7/8/2014

 

 U.S. FOREST SERVICE FIRE

Mills Canyon Fire Update

 

Entiat—The Mills Canyon Fire, located approximately four miles west of Entiat, is now estimated to be 2000 acres. Firefighters from Washington Department of Natural Resources, Chelan County Fire Districts and U.S. Forest Service are working the fire.

An Evacuation Level 3 is in effect for Mills Canyon and Dinkleman Canyon and an Evacuation Level 2 from milepost 1.5 on the Entiat River Road to Dinkleman Canyon has been issued by the Chelan County Sheriff’s Department. Evacuation Level 1 notices have been issued for Swakane Canyon, Sherman Canyon and US 97A from Swakane to Entiat River Road.

Approximately two hundred and fifty firefighters and fifteen fire engines are battling the blaze located on private, DNR and Forest Service lands. An air tanker from Moses Lake, a heavy helicopter and a medium helicopter have been dispatched to the fire to assist ground resources now on scene at the fire.

The fire started Tuesday afternoon around 12:20 and is burning in grass, brush and timber stringers in drainages. The topography is very steep terrain. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

A shelter has been set up for anyone displaced by the fire at the Entiat High School at 2650 Entiat Way in Entiat.

 



Fire in Entiat7/8/2014

 Be aware there is a brush fire in Entiat, up Mill Canyon Road, the road is closed, Chelan Fire, Manson Fire, Douglas County Fire Stations 2 & 4, DNR, and Entiat Fire have all responded. It is at 50 acres now and growing.

 

More info will be posted when available. 



WSDOT Operations 7/87/8/2014

 WSDOT Work operations for Tuesday 070814

 

Chip Sealing

SR 155 between Coulee City and Coulee Dam starting at MP 14 working north. They’re taking the road at 5:30 am.  The limits they get chipped today will be broomed tonight.

 


 

Reflective Plastic Traffic Markings

Yesterday crews were unable to install markings because the temperature got too hot. Per manufacturers recommendation, the product cannot be placed once surface reaches 105 degrees. They’ll try again today... same place (Entiat) but starting at 4:00 am.


 

Permanent Signs

Continuing installing signs between Entiat and Knapps tunnel.... starting at 6:30 am.

 


 



Kozi AM News Tuesday July 8, 20147/8/2014

 

Fresh crews of firefighters are arriving to take up the fight against a central Washington wildfire that has burned across more than two square miles — or 1,500 acres — of trees, grass and brush south of Mansfield.

Fire spokesman Ron Fryer said Monday night that the Rock Hill Fire was 40 percent contained.

He says the fire that started Sunday evening has burned two single-wide mobile homes and eight outbuildings. The cause is still under investigation.

Fryer says local fire crews will be able to take a break with fresh firefighters arriving from around the state. About 200 firefighters will be on the lines Tuesday. The spokesman says fire bosses hope for full containment by Friday.

Elsewhere in Washington, firefighters worked Monday to mop up two other wildfires that burned over the weekend: a 180-acre fire at Wenatchee and a 600-acre fire near Benton City.



Rock Hill Fire7/7/2014

As of 9am this morning the Rock Hill Fire that was reported at 8pm Sunday evening has reached almost 1,000 acres. A single wide mobile home and six outbuildings burned down within the first hour. No one has been reported injured. Several fire departments including Chelan Fire 7 and Douglas County Fire 4 and 5 faught the blaze through the night. State resources were brought in near midnight and took over fire management this morning

The cause of the fire is under investigation. More details will be broadcasted when available. 



Voter Registration Deadline7/7/2014
If you haven’t registered to vote and want to take part in this year’s Primary Election you need to register soon. Today (Monday, July 7) is the deadline for online and mail-in registrations, and voter registration updates.
 
For citizens who have not already registered to vote in Washington, Monday, July 28, is the last day to register in-person at their county elections office.
 
To be eligible to register to vote in time for the Primary, you must be:
 
• 18 years old by Election Day (August 5).
 
• A United States citizen.
 
• A legal resident of the state of Washington.
 
• Not under the supervision of the state Department of Corrections for a Washington felony conviction.
 
• Not disqualified from voting due to a court order.
 
Counties will be mailing Primary ballots to most voters by July 18. Counties recently sent out Primary ballots to military and overseas voters. This includes ballots issued electronically.
 
The top two finishers in each Primary race advance to this fall’s General Election, which ends November 4.
 
2014 Primary Voters’ Guide is available online @ www.wei.sos.wa.gov 
 
Includes info on candidates in all 10 congressional district races (including the hotly contested battle in the 4th CD to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Doc Hastings) and state Senate and House races.


+ News for the week of June 29, 2014

Health Report: Staying Fit for the 4th. 7/3/2014

 Worried this weekend's BBQ's are going to ruin all the progress you've made to get that beach body? Here are some tips to keep fit this weekend!

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Area Crime Report 7/2/2014

 Once again, 41 year old Manson resident Chris Stotko has been convicted of burglary and sentenced to seven months in jail. Stotko was arrested in December after he entered a home in the Union Valley area--or the 1500 block of Bradley Avenue—through a sliding glass door. The resident of the invaded home told police that Stotko had been coming to the house randomly over the course of three weeks and used odd questions as an excuse to survey the property. The night of the robbery, the resident met Stotko at the door with a loaded handgun. Police caught up with Stotko soon after. Stotko's has two previous counts of burglary and theft dating back to 1994 and 1997.


In related news, an incident of another shooting has been reported in Orondo. Monday night at about 6PM, Douglas County deputies received a call that a gun shot had gone through a residence in the 21000 block of Highway 97, north of Orondo. The bullet struck a wall in the family room, where two children, ages 4 and 7, were sitting. The hole in the wall from the gunshot is believed to be from a small caliber bullet, but police have no leads at this time, and there seems to be no motive for the random shot. This comes after the shocking murder of 19 year old, Eduardo Lara at an Orondo campsite last weekend. Lara was shot by his long time friend, 21 year old Jaime Alberto Calderon Garcia, who claims the gun went off on accident. Both men were affiliated with gangs, but Douglas County Sheriffs don't believe they were rivals. Garcia has been booked into the Chelan County Regional Justice Center. 



Health Report: Pets on the 4th of July7/2/2014

 The holiday celebrating our independence can sometimes be rough on our four legged companions. Here are some tips to make sure they stay safe this holiday weekend! 

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Health Report: Sunburn Remedies7/1/2014

 Had a little too much fun in the sun? Have a painful sunburn? Click below to hear some at home remedies for soothing your sunburned skin!

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Regional Meetings, Week of 6/307/1/2014

 Three Rivers Hospital, Board Meeting: Monday, June 30th, 4PM, at the Hillcrest Building

Winthrop Town Council, Wednesday, July 2nd, 7PM @ Winthrop Auditorium Hen House



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