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Business Impact Survey Caused by the Chelan Complex Fire Survey8/27/2015

To help us gauge the economic impact of the wildfires in our region, the Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce has partnered with the Economic Alliance to conduct an initial business impact survey. The information gathered in this survey will help us better understand what the business community is currently faced with and allow us to tailor our economic recovery strategy/plan. Please provide us with as much information as you have at this time, and if you have more than one business affected, please fill this survey out for each business.

Share this survey with other business owners, farmers, ranchers, orchardists, etc. so we can gauge the impact across as many business sectors as possible.

Thank you!

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Chelan Fires Remain Active8/26/2015

 Although Fire Crews are making headway with the Chelan area fires, each of the three is showing a bit of a stubborn side with some active areas- which, Public Information Officer, Margo Whitt says, is keeping the firefighters pretty busy...

 With so many personnel working the fires, Whitt points out, it's common for people to bring goods and treats down to the crews. But, Whitt says, make a sign...

 Chelan County Sheriff's Sergeant, Rob Huddleston, shares with us the most up to date evacuation levels due to the Chelan area fires, and also says there are two new road blocks from the Wolverine Fire...

 Community Meeting: A public meeting will be held tonight at 7pm at the Plain Community Church, 12565 Chapel Drive, 20 miles north of Leavenworth.

 

Chelan Complex: Extreme fire behavior pushed thenorthwest perimeter of the fire across Fisher Creek yesterday, allowing it to become established in the Saint Louise Creek drainage. Crews were able to hold the northern part of the fire at Forest Service Road 600 and south of South Fork Creek. Conditions permitting, burnout will continue along Forest Service Road 8020 on Cooper Ridge while crews mop up along Forest Service Road 600. The fire made a significant run towards Goat Ridge and communication sites. Today, crews will continue to mop-up and hold the southern portion of the fire.

First Creek: The north end of the fire continued to be extremely active Tuesday afternoon and throughout the night, prompting structure protection near 25 mile throughout the night. Today crews will improve dozer line along the northern flank of the fire and expect the fire to continue to make uphill runs as it moves to the north. Structure protection continues along Lake Chelan, Field Points Landing and 25 Mile Creek area.

Wolverine: The south side of the fire made a push down the Entiat drainage yesterday. As of last night, the fire had reached Three Creeks and is approximately 10 miles northwest of the private land on Burns Creek. When the fire reaches Pope Creek, the Chelan County Sheriff will initiate level 2 discussions with the Incident Management Team for evacuations in the upper Entiat River drainage. Today crews will scout contingency lines south of Tommy Creek. Structure protection is being evaluated throughout the Entiat drainage. A spike camp has been established at the Entiat Park to accommodate crews working the southern perimeter of the fire. The fire’s growth to the south is expected to slow when it reaches the old Klone and Duncan burn areas. Crews will also evaluate options for contingency lines in the Rock Creek and Phelps drainages north of Fish Lake. As a precautionary measure, the Wenatchee River Ranger District has closed access to the Chiwawa Valley, west of the Entiat River. The fire is currently 15 miles north of Plain.

Weather: Cloud cover is expected to increase today, with a disturbance passing to the south of the area this afternoon. This disturbance could result in gusty and erratic winds. There is also a slight possibility of dry lightning. Temperatures are expected to be in the 80s in the valleys and the 70s on the ridges. Humidity should run in the mid teens in the valleys up to 30% along the ridgeline.

Evacuation/Aid Information: Level 3 evacuations are in place for the Lakeshore area north of Granite Slide. Residents in the area of any of the fires are urged to remain vigilant. Evacuation information is available from Chelan and Okanogan County Emergency Management. Red Cross shelters at Sterling Intermediate School and Morgan Elementary School will relocate to the Lake Chelan United Methodist Church, 206 N. Emerson in Chelan at noon today.

Road Closures and Evacuations:

· Douglas County Emergency Management: 509-888-6841 http://tinyurl.com/DouglasCtyEM

· Chelan County Emergency Management: 509-667-6863, http:www.co.chelan.wa.us

· Okanogan Emergency Management: 509-422-7207, http://okanogandem.org/

· Road & Hwy Info: wsdot.com Twitter: @wsdot

· Washington State Patrol: 509-682-8090

National Forest area closures:

· Methow Ranger District: 509-996-4003

· Chelan Ranger District: 509-682-4900

· Forest Service Closure Maps: http://goo.gl/aTr8bU

Evacuation Shelters: Red Cross: 509-663-3907

Power: Chelan County PUD: 877-783-8123, http://www.chelanpud.org/

 

 

Basic Information

Current as of 8/26/2015, 10:32:06 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Date of Origin Friday August 14th, 2015 approx. 05:00 AM
Incident Commander Clay Templin, Southwest Area Incident Management Team 1

Current Situation

Total Personnel 736
Size 88,142 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 47%
Fuels Involved

Timber (Grass and Understory)

Closed Timber Litter

Short Grass (1 foot)

Significant Events

Extreme

Uphill Runs

Torching

Crowning

Outlook

Planned Actions

Provide point protection in and around structures NW and NE flanks of the fire. Cut direct and indirect line and burn out as necessary. Mop up and secure all established fire lines.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours: Fire behavior will be active throughout the evening hours as humidities will remain low. Fire movement will be to the N and E with surface fire spread and single tree and group tree torching.

24 hours: Extreme fire behavior will continue as winds will be very strong and high gusts (up to 30 mph). Fire will continue to make uphill runs, exhibit short range spotting, and torching.

48 hours: Winds will continue to be strong and fire behavior will continue to be extreme as it spreads to the N and E. When slope and wind are alligned, large up hill runs could occur.

72 hours: Fire will start to moderate as higher humidities, lower winds, increased chances of moisture will occur. Fire will be active and some torching will occur.

Anticipated after 72 hours: Fire behavior will continue to moderate as the chances of moisture increases. Active fire behavior will continue unless the fire area receives moisture.

 

Remarks

This complex now includes the Reach fire, Black Canyon fire, McFarland Creek fire, Cagle fire and Antoine fire

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Temperature, humidity and stability levels will very gradually rise through late this week. Poor overnight humidity recovers will also very gradually moderate during this time. Strong southwest to northwest winds may produce brief periods of extreme fire weather conditions especially from Wednesday evening through Thursday.



Okanogan Complex Top Fire In Nation8/26/2015

 The Okanogan Complex is listed as the number one fire in the nation on the National Daily Situation Report, with a reported 256,567 acres burned and 10 percent containment.

Peter Frenzen, Public Information Officer attached to the Okanogan Complex Fires, says yesterday, the inversion lifted and cleared the skies, but with that came increased fire activity...

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 Loooking ahead, Frenzen says, it's not the news fire crews were hoping for...

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Manson Hosts Community BBQ Sept. 38/26/2015

 With school just around the corner, schools throughout our region are finalizing their summer projects and repairs.

Matt Charlton, Manson School Superintendent, says in Manson, there is a lot of excitement happening in Manson, with a few pretty big projects curently being buttoned up...

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 And, to help celebrate the new Athletic Complex, Charlton is inviting the community to a gathering on Thursday, September 3rd...

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 The first day of school for Manson students will be on Tuesday, September 8th.



Okanogan Complex Fires Update8/24/2015

 The Rocky Mountain Type 1 Incident Management Team, with Todd Pechota as Incident Commander, is managing the Okanogan Complex. Structural firefighting resources from various locations in Washington and nearby states have been brought in to provide structure protection under Washington State Mobilization. National Guard resources continue to arrive in support of the fires. The fires are triggering the evacuation of people, pets, and livestock. Red Cross Shelters are set up at the Brewster High School and Brewster Middle School. Animals are being sheltered at the Okanogan County Fairgrounds.

Basic Information

Current as of 8/24/2015, 11:50:44 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning/natural
Date of Origin Saturday August 15th, 2015 approx. 06:00 PM
Location Fires within 15 mile radius from the town of Omak and immediately east of Twisp.
Incident Commander Todd Pechota, Rocky Mountain Type 1 Incident Management Team

Current Situation

Total Personnel 1,250
Size 239,733 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 10%
Fuels Involved

Timber (Grass and Understory)

Significant Events

Active, short crown runs, torching.

Rapid rates of spread in grass and brush fuel type. Burning in heavy timber is causing long range spotting.

Outlook

Planned Actions

Assess and establish control lines where safe to do so. Provide point protection on structures and infrastructure.

Projected Incident Activity

12-24 Hrs: Tunk Block - Spread will continue NE along Peony Creek Rd. and E toward Aeneas Creek due to lack of resources to implement suppression actions.

Lime Belt/Blue Lake - South toward Beaver Lake Fire and NE toward HWY 97 and Pine Creek rd.

Beaver Lake - NE toward Lime Belt. Twisp River - NW/W along Thompson Ridge.

24 Hrs: Tunk Block - Spread will continue NE along Peony Creek Rd. and E toward Aeneas Creek due to lack of resources to implement suppression actions.

Lime Belt/Blue Lake - South toward Beaver Lake Fire and NE toward HWY 97 and Pine Creek Rd.

Beaver Lake - NE toward Lime Belt. Twisp River - NW/W along Thompson Ridge.

48 Hrs: Tunk Block - Spread will continue E toward Aeneas.

Movement of all fire is dependent on winds.

72 Hrs: Tunk Block - Spread will continue E toward Aeneas.

Movement of all fire is dependent on winds.

Remarks

Governor Inslee's request for a federal Emergency Declaration to provide additional resources to cover some of the costs related to multiple wildfires burning in Eastern WA was approved by President Obamas administration. Inslee amended an emergency proclamation to allow some fuel carriers delivering products to Okanogan County to extend their driving hours. Agencies identified in joint delegation of authority include Washington State Department of Natural Resources, Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Spokane District BLM, Colville agency, Okanogan Fire Districts 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 16, and Conconully Fire Department.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Light south winds up the Okanogan Valley brought in smoke to the valley reducing visibility to less than a mile at a time. Smoke also filled the Branch III (Twisp River) area lingering through the day. Temperatures were still cool due to the persistent smoke with highs in 75 to 80 minimum relative humidity 19 to 25 percent. Sunday will still have south winds up to 10 mph in the Okanogan Valley. Smoke will still be present in the Okanogan Valley with higher concentrations north of Omak. Temperatures warm again with highs nearing 88 in the valley and 75 higher ridges. Expect warmer temperatures with minimum relative humidity 11 to 19 percent in the afternoon.

 Rick Issacson, Public Information Officer for the Okanogan Complex Fires gives us a rundown...

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Chelan Fires Update8/24/2015

 

Chelan Complex: Yesterday crews made good progress strengthening containment lines along the southern and eastern portion of the fire.  Fireline along Cooper Ridge on the western edge is holding well. Today crews will continue strengthening line for firing operations in unburnt fuel pockets to reduce fuel loads where access allows.  Firefighters will  patrol containment lines, monitor for spot fires, and extinguish flareups in areas of unburned fuels insides the fire perimeter. Dozer line will continue to be constructed along the Forest Service 600 Road near South Fork Gold Creek.  Portions of the Chelan Complex within three miles of Chelan and all areas east of the Columbia River are completely contained.

First Creek: The north end of the fire continued to be extremely active Sunday morning and the fire spotted over Slide Ridge and was contained utilizing air support; however, visibility limited aircraft operations. Today crews will continue to secure hot spots on the ridgetop and construct containment lines for future burnout operations to protect homes. Existing containment lines from Granite Creek to First Creek will be strengthened.  Structure protection will continue from Slide Ridge towards Twenty Five Mile Camp along Lakeshore Road.  Crews will continue to patrol and mop-up hot spots on the fire’s southern end.  Extreme fire activity is anticipated on the fire’s northern end today.

Wolverine:  The fire continued moving down the Entiat River drainage near Duncan Hill and Rampart Mountain.  Minimal activity occurred in the Castle Creek area at the northern end of the fire near Stehekin. Structure protection continues around the Cottonwood guard station, Holden, Lucerne, and summer cabins in Lightning and Riddle Creek areas.  Fire personnel continue to develop a strategy for slowing the fire’s spread south down the Entiat River As a precautionary measure, the Wenatchee River Ranger District has closed access to the Chiwawa Valley, west of the Entiat River. Crews will continue to mop up hot spots and construct contingency lines.  Level 3 evacuations remain for Holden Village, Lucerne, Domke Lake, Riddle, and Lightning Creek.

Weather:  Red Flag conditions will continue through 9:00 pm on Tuesday with continued moderate instability creating critical fire weather conditions today.  Temperatures in the valley will be in the upper 80s to lower 90s and in the mid to upper 70s on the ridges. Relative humidity will be 14-19%. Light west/northwest winds 2-4 mph are expected in the morning, becoming 10-15 mph this afternoon with gusts up to 20 mph.

Community Meeting: There will be a 7 pm community meeting in Entiat at Fire Station #1.

Evacuation/Aid Information: Level 3 evacuations are in place for approximately 1,000 residents in the greater Chelan area. Evacuation information is available from Chelan County Emergency Management. Red Cross shelters are established at MOE Elementary, 407 East Woodin Ave, Chelan; Sterling Middle School, 600 North James Street, East Wenatchee; and Brewster High School, 503 S 7th St, Brewster. 

Road Closures and Evacuations:

·          Douglas County Emergency Management: 509-888-6841,http://tinyurl.com/DouglasCtyEM

·          Chelan County Emergency Management: 509-667-6863, http://tinyurl.com/ChelanCtyEM

·          Okanogan Emergency Management: 509-422-7207,  http://okanogandem.org/

·          Road & Hwy Info: wsdot.com Twitter: @wsdot

·          Washington State Patrol: 509-682-8090

National Forest area closures:

·          Methow Ranger District: 509-996-4003

·          Chelan Ranger District:  509-682-4900

Evacuation Shelters: Red Cross: 509-663-3907            

Power: Chelan County PUD:  877-783-8123, http://www.chelanpud.org/

Quick Facts

Incident Summary

Approximate Acreages:

Chelan Complex: 87,598

First Creek: 4,426

Wolverine: 52,001

Blankenship: 180

Total:  144,205 acres

Fire
Containment:

Chelan Complex: 40%

First Creek: 2%

Wolverine: 30%

Blankenship: 0%

Incident Commander:

Clay Templin, Southwest Area Incident Management Team 1

Resources
on the
Fires:

Crews: 25

Engines: 98

Water Tenders: 28

Bulldozers: 14

Helicopters: 5

Total

Personnel:

        1,124

Approximate Structures Lost:

Chelan County: 67

Douglas County: 17

(residences, businesses, and outbuildings)

Jurisdiction:

Chelan Co. Fire Districts
 #7 and  #10

Chelan Co. Sheriff

Washington State DNR

USDA-Forest Service

National Park Service

Bureau of Land Mgmt.

INTERNET LINKS

InciWeb:

Reach, Black Canyon, and First Creek: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4538/

Wolverine and Blankenship: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4354/

Twitter:  @WolverineFire

Facebook:  Reach Complex/Wolverine/Black Canyon Fires

Smoke Info: http://wasmoke.blogspot.com/   

At a community meeting in Manson yesterday, Incident Commander, Clay Templin, says, with resources stretched so thin across the state, fire managers rely on prioritizing- and the First Creek Fire currently tops their priority list....

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 The Chelan Complex has some good news- with much of the fire being pretty secure- 

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+ News for the week of August 16, 2015

Juvenile Inmate Escapes & Shoots Self8/22/2015

 On Saturday, August 22, 2015, Chelan County Sheriff Brian Burnett reports that a juvenile inmate escapee from the Chelan Falls Fire Camp is being airlifted to Harborview Medical Center for a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

On Friday shortly after 11 p.m., Sheriff’s deputies responded to the Chelan Falls Fire Camp for a report of a juvenile escaping from a detention Youth Camp performing duties at the Fire Camp. It was reported the juvenile assaulted a staff member and then fled the area on foot. Multiple deputies and a Chelan County tracking canine responded to the area to assist in a search for the juvenile. A full canvas search was conducted, but the juvenile was not located.    

On Saturday shortly before 8 a.m., a caller reported seeing the escaped juvenile sitting near the intersection of SR 150 and US 97. Deputies arrived and visually confirmed it was the escaped juvenile and attempted to contact him. The juvenile fled on foot with a mesh athletic bag and deputies pursued. The juvenile stopped, turned toward the two pursuing deputies, and removed a .22 caliber revolver from the bag. The juvenile immediately placed the revolver to his own head and for a short time spoke with the deputies. Before any sort of intervention could take place the juvenile fired one single shot into the right side of his head.

The two deputies and other arriving deputies immediately began to administer life saving measures. The juvenile was transported to Central Washington Hospital and then transferred to Harborview Medical Center.  As of 1 p.m. Saturday, the juvenile was being treated at Harborview Medical Center and his medical condition is unknown.  

Detectives are currently investigating and interviewing the involved deputies and a civilian witness that observed the entire incident. The revolver used by the juvenile was a confirmed stolen firearm, stolen during a vehicle prowl the previous night.



Shots Fired In Road Rage Incident 8/22/2015

 On 08/21/15 at approximately 5:23 PM Douglas County Deputies received a complaint of a road rage incident on Hwy. 173 at MP 4 near Bridgeport.  The complainant reported that He was E/B on Hwy. 173 when a pickup abruptly pulled out in front of him nearly causing a collision.  The complainant honked his horn.  The pickup, described at full sized Chevrolet pickup with tinted windows and a bed cover, pulled off the road at the Rock Garden Trailer Park, then immediately pulled back in behind him.  He could see a Hispanic female driver and a Hispanic male passenger.  The male displayed a handgun out the window, pointed it up in the air and fired five rounds.  The pickup turned off into the 929 Maple St trailer park.  Deputies, a Brewster PD unit, and WSP troopers searched the area but were unable locate the vehicle.  There was no reported injury or damage from the incident.  Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office or RiverCom dispatch.

 

Very Respectully,

Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal



19 Retardant Drops Help Twisp 8/22/2015

 Okanogan Complex Fire Public Information Officer, Rick Issacson...

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Latest Update On Chelan Complex 8/22/2015

For the latest update on the Chelan Complex Fires from Public Information Officer, Bill Queen....

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And now for the First Creek Fire... 

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Red Cross Update8/21/2015

 Over 200 Wildfire Evacuees Sheltered Last Night; Ongoing Red Cross Wildfire Evacuation Shelter and Disaster Response Services; Casework Assistance Available and Distribution of Clean-Up Items in Chelan 

 

 8-21-15:  The American Red Cross continues to respond to rapidly changing wildfire conditions and urges anyone evacuated from Tonasket and surrounding areas in Okanogan County to find assistance at shelters in Republic, Brewster or Colville, WA. Currently, eight shelters are operating across the fire-impacted region.

 

Today, August 21, 2015

  • Red Cross staff are onsite and providing support, food, water and access to health services and emotional support at eight shelters across the region.
  • A Red Cross caseworker will be available at Chelan Valley Hope, 417 Bradley St., Chelan, from 1-7 p.m.
  • Mobile distribution of clean-up items is ongoing in the wildfire-impacted Chelan area. An emergency response vehicle will be providing fire-affected residents with shovels, rakes, gloves, tarps and other items.

Eight Red Cross wildfire evacuation shelters are located:

 

Sterling Intermediate School 

600 N. James

East Wenatchee, WA

 

Brewster Middle/High School           

503 S. 7th Street

Brewster, WA                          

 

Columbia High School

4961 Hunter Shop Rd.

Hunters, WA

 

Lake Roosevelt High School

500 Civic Way

Coulee Dam, WA

 

 

Loon Lake Elementary School 

4001 Maple St. 

Loon Lake, WA

 

Republic Elementary School 

30306 Hwy 20 E

Republic, WA 

 

Morgen Owings Elementary School

407 E. Woodin Ave

Chelan, WA

 

Grace Evangelical Free Church

851 S. Miner St.

Colville, WA

 

 

Eight shelters across Eastern Washington remain open to all local residents, 24/7. Shelters are a safe place to stay—day or night—and offer access to food, water, emergency relief supplies, health services, emotional support and recovery assistance. Visitors can also access showers, information updates and power to charge cell phones and laptops. Red Cross nurses are available for prescription refills and referrals alongside disaster mental health specialists to provide emotional support. Additional evacuation information is below

 

The Chewelah shelter relocated to Loon Lake Elementary School, Loon Lake, WA.

 

For Anyone Affected By Wildfires Who Needs Help:

Anyone impacted by the fires and who needs assistance can connect with a Red Cross caseworker:

·         Central WA/Chelan area: 509-670-5331 (Chelan, Douglas, Okanogan Counties)

·         Eastern WA/Spokane area: 509-496-3448 (Ferry and Stevens Counties)

 

For All other Red Cross inquiries:

Please call the local Red Cross office

·         Wenatchee office: 509-663-3907

·         Spokane office: 509-326-3330

 

 

Shelters are open to all local residents, regardless of citizenship status and overnight stays are not required.

The Red Cross urges people to be prepared and aware of fire risks and conditions. Download the Red Cross Wildfire App: www.redcross.org/mobile-apps/wildfire-app). 

 

For emotional support, please call 1-800-985-5990.

 

The Red Cross always welcomes new volunteers. If you are interested in making a difference in your community, please go to www.redcross.org.

 

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 

·         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. 

 

Chelan area: Pets are welcome with the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society at 1474 S. Wenatchee Ave. 

Brewster area: Pets are welcome at the Boy and Girls Club, across the street from the Red Cross shelter at the Brewster Middle/High School. 

Brewster Vet Clinic has limited availability. Call 509-689-2616

In Ferry County, pets are welcome at Forget Me Not Shelter, 49 W Curlew Lake Rd, Republic, WA 99166.

 

The Red Cross is not accepting donations of items at its shelters at this time. The most effective way to support Red Cross disaster services is through a financial donation. If you would like to support the work of the Red Cross in response to disasters big and small, you can make a financial gift at www.redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS. 



President Declares Emergency In WA8/21/2015

 WASHINGTON – President Obama declared an emergency exists in Washington due to raging wildfires and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local response efforts. 

The President's action authorizes the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to coordinate all disaster relief efforts which have the purpose of alleviating the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population, and to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures, authorized under Title V of the Stafford Act, to save lives and to protect property and public health and safety, and to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe in the counties of Asotin, Chelan, Douglas, Ferry, Klickitat, Okanogan, Pend Oreille, Skamania, Spokane, Stevens, and Yakima and the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, the Kalispel Tribe of Indians, the Spokane Tribe of Indians, and the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakima Nation.

Specifically, FEMA is authorized to identify, mobilize, and provide at its discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency.  Emergency protective measures, limited to direct federal assistance, will be provided at 75 percent federal funding. 

Help is also coming from other states. On Friday Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton signed an emergency executive order providing assistance to Washington. Governor Dayton’s Executive Order directs the Minnesota National Guard to assist with fire suppression efforts by providing for 2 UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters, along with needed personnel and equipment, for a mission to Washington State beginning today for up to 15 days. A Minnesota Department of Natural Resources helicopter operations manager will accompany the National Guard on this mission.

 



Still No Power? PUD Says Let Them Know8/21/2015

 

CHELAN PUD SHIFTS RESTORATION FOCUS - ENCOURAGES CUSTOMERS WITHOUT POWER TO CONTACT THE PUD
Customers without power can call 1-877-783-8123 to let us know fiber customers should call their service provider
 
WENATCHEE – As repair and restoration efforts start to wind down during the weekend for Chelan PUD crews, the focus is shifting to removing temporary repairs, installing permanent lines and repairing the PUD’s redundancy in the Chelan Valley. The PUD is slowly getting back to near normal operations and strengthening the system where there has been extensive damage. The utility appreciates the support and patience of the community. As part of that effort, repairing individual services will begin next week. In an effort to identify customers who are still without power, we ask that you give our outage number a call and tell us. The outage hotline is 1-877-783-8123. Any PUD fiber customers without service, should let their service provider know.
 
Today, the five Chelan PUD crews, three contract crews  and two mutual aid crews – one from Douglas PUD and one from Grant PUD – will be working on the rugged terrain in upper Antoine Creek and near Goat Mountain. The mutual aid crews from Grant and Douglas PUDs will be released later today.
 
The PUD cautions that due to ongoing fire crew activity to remove dangerous trees away from power lines and roads, it still may be necessary to de-energize power lines along the south shore of Lake Chelan near the Yacht Club and First Creek. Customers in that area may experience brief outages from time-to-time throughout the weekend as fire crews work to clear hazardous tress. The PUD de-energizes the power lines so that the fire crews can work safely.
 
Chelan Falls, Powerhouse and Beebe Parks all remain closed to the public until further notice. The parks are being used as staging areas for fire personnel and the National Guard. 
 
WARNING: CONSIDER ANY DOWNED LINE AS ENERGIZED AND AVOID IT. CONTACT THE PUD AT 1-877-783-8123 OR CALL 911.
 
Customers who want to help fire victims can make monetary donations to the North Central Washington Community Foundation, www.cfncw.org; or contact the Apple Valley Red Cross, (509) 663-3907.
 
Follow us on Facebook (www.Facebook.com/ChelanPUD) or Twitter (@chelanpud) for additional updates.
 
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    • Protect human health and safety and the environment
    • Restore and maintain operation of essential community services
    • Protect District Assets
    • Ensure effective internal and external communications with employees, customers, and stakeholders
    • Partner with stakeholder agencies for collaborations of strategies and sharing of resources
    • Operate in an efficient and cost-effective manner



Updated Rundown of Chelan Area Fires8/20/2015

 Reach (also known as Chelan Complex) and Black Canyon (includes McFarland Creek): The Chelan Butte area and portion of the fire on the east side of the Columbia River are completely contained. The Reach Fire continues to spread north and northwest. The focus of firefighting efforts today will be on completing the fire line along Cooper Ridge between the Reach and Black Canyon Fires. Yesterday crews burned out six miles of line along the ridge and today they will continue burning out the remaining areas needed to complete the line between the two fires. Firing operations will be supported by helicopter water drops as needed. Crews working along the western edge of the fire below that line will continue with structure protection and mop up.

First Creek: The First Creek fire is active at the northeast and northwest flanks. Fire did cross a line at the northwest edge and firefighters worked through the night to contain the spread. Extreme fire weather combined with rollout of burning materials down the ridge at Granite Slide prevented firefighters from getting all the way around the fire, but they did get a dozer line in. The fire burned to the dozer line and continued to spot over throughout the night. The fire remains above the dozer contingency line paralleling South Lakeshore Road at Kelly’s Resort. Helicopters will be dropping water on the area today as weather as conditions allow. 
Wolverine: The fire spread downslope into the Entiat River drainage and will continue to be monitored by air. At the north end, the fire has spread up the north side of the Castle Creek drainage, but has not crested the ridge. Firefighters will be working to hold the fire on the south side of the ridge above Castle Creek and will be supported by helicopter water drops. Level 3 evacuations remain for Holden Village, Lucerne, Domke Lake, Riddle, and Lightning Creek. The fire is still holding at the south end on the ridge between Pyramid Creek and Graham Harbor.

Weather and Fire Behavior: Red Flag Warning in effect until 11:00 pm Friday for dry and unstable conditions with increasing winds. Very critical fire weather conditions continue as a very warm, dry and unstable atmosphere persists over the fire area. Weather today will be sunny and windy, with temperatures ranging from the mid to upper 80s in valleys and mid to lower 70s on ridges. Relative humidity will be low, ranging from 15 to 18% in the valleys and 25% around ridges. Strong northwest winds will channel down Lake Chelan and strong south-southwest winds will channel up the Columbia River. Wind speeds will be 20-30 mph in the morning, increasing to 30-40 mph later in the day. Enhanced column development and extreme fire behavior are expected today. Light flashy fuels will still respond to wind promoting active fire behavior. Short and long distance (up to 1 mile) spotting are possible. 
Evacuation/Aid Information: Level 3 evacuations in place for approximately 1,200 residents in the greater Chelan area. Evacuation information available from Chelan County Emergency Management. Red Cross shelters are established at MOE Elementary, 407 East Woodin Ave, Chelan; Sterling Middle School, 600 North James Street, East Wenatchee; and Brewster High School, 503 S 7th St, Brewster.
Resources are being shared to assist with firefighting near Twisp, WA. 
Road Closures and Evacuations:
Douglas County Emergency Management: 509-888-6841,http://tinyurl.com/DouglasCtyEM
Chelan County Emergency Management: 509-667-6863,http://tinyurl.com/ChelanCtyEM
Okanogan Emergency Management: 509-422-7207, http://goo.gl/nXrciP
Road & Hwy Info: wsdot.com Twitter: @wsdot
Washington State Patrol: 509-682-8090 
National Forest area closures:
Methow Ranger District: 509-996-4003
Chelan Ranger District: 509-682-4900
Evacuation Shelters: Red Cross: 509-663-3907
Power: Chelan County PUD: 877-783-8123, chelanpud.org

Incident Summary
Approximate Acreages: 
Reach: 68,465, ac.
First Creek: 1,902 ac.
Black Canyon: 11,394 ac.
Wolverine: 40,904 ac.
Blankenship: 180 ac.
Total: 122,845 ac.

Fire Containment: 
Reach: 49%
First Creek: 2%
Black Canyon: 2%
Wolverine: 30%
Blankenship: 0%

Incident Commander: Chris Schulte, Pacific Northwest National Incident Management Team 2

Resources on the Fires: 
Crews: 27
Engines: 78
Water Tenders: 17
Bulldozers: 16
Helicopters: 5
Fixed Wing: 2
Total
Personnel: 993

Approximate Structures Lost: 
Chelan County: 67
Douglas County: 17
(residences, businesses, and outbuildings)



State Mobilization Approved For Twisp Fire8/19/2015

 

Fire Mobilization Authorized for the

Twisp River Fire

 

State fire assistance has been mobilized under the Washington State Fire Services Resource Mobilization Plan in support of local firefighters working to contain the Twisp River Fire near the city of Twisp.  Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste authorized the mobilization of state firefighting resources on August 19, 2015, at 5 pm at the request of the Okanogan County Fire Protection District #6.

 

The cause of the Twisp River Fire is under investigation.  The fire is more than 50 acres and is threatening 50 to 100 homes as well as the town of Twisp.  No homes have been lost at this time.  Level 3 evacuations are in effect.

 

Mobilization specialists from the Fire Protection Bureau have received a request for three structural task forces and three wildland task forces.

 

The State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at Camp Murray has been activated to Phase III, to coordinate state assistance for the multiple fires including the Twisp River Fire.  Personnel from the State Fire Marshal’s Office will be on scene to coordinate dispatch of resources, and personnel are already staffing 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:  www.wsp.wa.gov/fire/mobilization.htm



Here's How You Can Help Chelan Recover8/19/2015

 

Wildfire Relief Efforts in the Lake Chelan Valley

 

Representatives from community organizations come together to discuss strategies for short and long term recovery for the valley

 

 

LAKE CHELAN, WA (August 19, 2015) — Representatives from community organizations met Tuesday afternoon to streamline the short term wildfire relief efforts and discuss strategies for long term recovery in the Lake Chelan Valley and surrounding communities.

 

Chelan Valley Hope has a volunteer stationed at the Red Cross Shelter, located at Morgen Owings Elementary School (407 E Woodin Ave in Chelan) to address immediate human needs of food, shelter, water and gas. The Community Foundation of North Central Washington has funneled the $12,000 raised for relief efforts thus far to Chelan Valley Hope to satisfy these short term needs. Chelan Valley Hope has a practiced and proficient intake process to prevent fraud and assist those individuals in need.

 

Once disaster assessment has been completed, the Red Cross will assign individual case numbers and provide access to a wider variety of resources for those individuals directly affected by the Chelan Complex Wildfire.

 

For individuals wanting to donate to the relief efforts, the Community Foundation of North Central Washington has set up a Chelan Valley Fire Relief Fund. Donations can be made online at http://www.cfncw.org/fire-relief-fund-established-for-victims-of-chelan-valley-wildfires/ or by calling (509) 663-7166. At this time, we are asking donors to hold off on sending physical goods while we assess specific needs.

 

We have identified there will be a need for volunteers in the long term recovery efforts and Chelan Valley Hope is collecting a list of individuals who would like to be contacted when these specific needs are identified.

 

Businesses looking for assistance in navigating insurance claims, product losses, etc., are asked to contact the Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce for assistance.

 

Representatives from the Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce, Chelan Valley Hope, North Central Washington Community Foundation, Historic Downtown Chelan Association, Manson Community Council, Port of Chelan County, City of Chelan and RealLife Church will continue to meet and regularly assess the short and long term needs of the Lake Chelan Valley as the community recovers from the devastating effects of the Chelan Complex Wildfire.

 

 

Resources:

 

·       Chelan Valley Hope – (509) 888-2114, chelanvalleyhope.org, PO Box 635, Chelan, WA 98816

·       Community Foundation of North Central Washington’s Chelan Valley Fire Relief Fund – (509) 663-7716, cfncw.org, 9 S. Wenatchee Ave, Wenatchee, WA 98801

·       Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce – (509) 682-3503, lakechelan.com

 

 

About the Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce:  The Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce has been in operation since 1924 and currently has close to 500 members. It exists to drive economic growth through leadership, advocacy and promotion that enhances the quality of life in the Lake Chelan Valley.  Learn more at lakechelan.com.



Public Meeting Notice8/19/2015

 Public Meeting Notice

For Immediate Release

 

The Chelan County Noxious Weed Control Board will meet

Tuesday September 8th in the Noxious Weed Dept. conference room

at 412 Washington St., Wenatchee, WA.

 

The meeting starts at 6:30pm. The public is invited. 



Current Evacs, Structure Loss and Threats8/19/2015

Public Information Officers have said that focus today will be in keeping the Black Canyon Fire, and the Chelan Complex Fire from spreading towards the northshore of Lake Chelan, and into Manson-- 

 

Rich Magnussen, with Chelan County Emergency Management,  says at this time, no evaucations have been issued to Manson.

 

Still about 1100 people are on level 3 evacuations from the Chelan Complex Fire.

 

Here's the interview with Rich Magnussen with Chelan County Emergency Management...

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Crews Work To Keep Fire From Manson8/19/2015

 Fire Update – Wednesday, August 19, 2015 – 9:00 a.m.

 

Yesterday’s low winds and stable conditions allowed crews to build containment lines and contingency lines while implementing structure protection on several fire fronts. Firefighters remain focused on extended attack both day and night, and are working offensively to implement a containment strategy. Teams from several national, state, and local agencies and organizations are assisting in this effort. Six helicopters are dropping water, shuttling crews, and conducting reconnaissance missions throughout the fires. Two fixed wing aircraft are conducting water and retardant drops as needed.

 

Chelan Complex: Fire behavior was moderate, with flames backing downhill and occasional tree torching on the fire’s western and northwestern edge as it moved towards Cooper Ridge. Crews continued constructing containment lines along Cooper Ridge and FS Road 8020, while providing for structure and point protection. Along the northeast, dozerline from last year’s Carlton Complex was reopened as potential contingency line from Hwy 97 to Alta Lake. To the south and southeast, dozerline expanded several miles along the fire perimeter while handcrews continued mop-up 200 feet inside the perimeter. Today crews will provide point protection for structures and infrastructure, look for unburned fuel flare-ups, continue mop-up, and build dozer line along parts of Cooper Ridge and FS Road 8020.

 

Black Canyon and McFarland Creek burned into each other yesterday. Fire behavior is very active with short crown runs, group torching, and flames backing downhill. Crews focused on indirect suppression strategies such as brushing, clearing out roads, and securing anchor points, while using direct attack strategies when possible. Today work will continue along Cooper Ridge to keep the fire from spreading south towards Manson. The fire is in very steep terrain, and many locations do not safely allow for dozers or handcrews to build line.

 

First Creek: Crews constructed dozer line from the fire’s southern containment line north to Granite Falls Road. On the northwest perimeter the fire flanked north, exhibiting crowning and spotting – thwarting attempts to contain the fire. Crews improved previously-built dozer line from the lakeshore to Navarre Coulee on the southern perimeter, and from the lake shore about a mile up the ridge on the northern perimeter. The fire burned at least one structure and continues to threaten several other structures. Today crews will provide structure protection and control for spotting while continuing to secure the line from Granite Creek to First Creek. The fire is near the Cove area on the northeast corner, remains north of First Creek, and has not reached Lake Chelan State Park.

 

Wolverine:  Two falling modules were inserted into the area to cut down hazard trees in Holden Village and along the road to Lucerne. Five engines were removed from Stehekin yesterday, leaving one behind. Level 3 evacuations remain for Holden Village, Lucerne, Domke Lake, Riddle, and Lightning Creek.

 

Weather: A Red Flag Warning is in effect for hot, dry, and unstable conditions from 11:00 a.m. Wednesday to 5:00 p.m. Friday. Expect light morning winds, gradually increasing to 15-20 mph from the northwest by mid-afternoon. Relative humidity will drop to 14-19% with temperatures increasing to 93 degrees. Gusty northwest winds are expected to continue through Friday afternoon, increasing the potential for torching, crowning, and spotting.

 

Closure Information: Extensive trail and area closures on Forest Service lands remain in effect, more information available on InciWeb. Contact Washington State Department of Transportation or Chelan County Emergency Management for information about Chelan area road closures. Contact Douglas County Emergency Management for road closures in Douglas County.

 

Evacuation/Aid Information: Level 3 evacuations in place for approximately 1,000 residents in the greater Chelan area. Evacuation information available from Chelan County Emergency Management. Red Cross shelters are established at MOE Elementary, 407 East Woodin Ave, Chelan; Sterling Middle School, 600 North James Street, East Wenatchee; and Brewster High School, 503 S 7th St, Brewster. 

 

Douglas County Emergency Management: 509-888-6841

Chelan County Emergency Management: 509-667-6863

Okanogan Emergency Management: 509-422-7207

Red Cross: 509-663-3907             Chelan County PUD:  877-783-8123

Washington State Patrol: 509-682-8090

 

 

Quick Facts

Approximate Acreages:               

Chelan Complex: 69,445, ac.

First Creek: 1,731 ac.

Black Canyon: 6,761 ac.

McFarland Creek: 4,708 ac.

Wolverine: 40,470 ac.

Blankenship: 180 ac.

Total: 123,295 ac.


Fire Containment:

Chelan Complex: 50%

First Creek: 2%

Black Canyon: 0%

McFarland Creek: 0%

Wolverine: 30%

Blankenship: 0%

 

Incident Commander:   Chris Schulte, Pacific Northwest National Incident Management Team 2

 

Resources on the Fires:

Crews: 28

Engines: 109

Water Tenders: 22

Bulldozers: 19

Helicopters: 6

Fixed Wing: 2

Total Personnel: 1,139


Approximate Structures Lost (includes residences, businesses, and outbuildings):

Chelan County: 56

Douglas County: 17


Jurisdiction:

Chelan Co. Fire Districts #7 and  #10

Chelan Co. Sheriff

Washington State DNR

USDA-Forest Service

National Park Service

Bureau of Land Mgmt.



08/19/2015 Wednesday AM News8/19/2015

 

08/19/2015 Wednesday


 

The rest of this week will be a critical period for area wildfires.

Today will be hot with afternoon temperatures in the 90s. The warm weather will be followed by increasing winds Thursday and Friday.

The winds are expected to peak Thursday evening into Friday with the passage of a strong cold front.

Not only will the winds impact wildfires, but areas of blowing dust may become problematic across portions of Central Washington Thursday night and Friday.


 

Red Flag Warning in effect today thru Friday for Central Cascade Mountains and Valleys, North Cascades, Columbia Basin, Okanogan Highlands and the Okanogan/Methow Valleys


 

A Red Flag Warning also known as a Fire Weather Warning is a forecast warning issued by the National Weather Service to inform area firefighting and land management agencies that conditions are ideal for wildland fire combustion, and rapid spread.

After drought conditions when high or erratic winds are a factor, the Red Flag Warning becomes a critical statement for firefighting agencies. These agencies often alter their staffing and equipment resources dramatically to accommodate the forecast risk.

To the public, a Red Flag Warning means high fire danger with increased probability of a quickly spreading vegetation fire in the area within 24 hours.



Winds Coming- Critical Time For Area Fires8/19/2015

 The rest of this week will be a critical period for area wildfires.

Today will be hot with afternoon temperatures in the 90s. The warm weather will be followed by increasing winds Thursday and Friday.

The winds are expected to peak Thursday evening into Friday with the passage of a strong cold front.

Not only will the winds impact wildfires, but areas of blowing dust may become problematic across portions of Central Washington Thursday night and Friday.


 

Red Flag Warning in effect today thru Friday for Central Cascade Mountains and Valleys, North Cascades, Columbia Basin, Okanogan Highlands and the Okanogan/Methow Valleys


 

A Red Flag Warning also known as a Fire Weather Warning is a forecast warning issued by the National Weather Service to inform area firefighting and land management agencies that conditions are ideal for wildland fire combustion, and rapid spread.

After drought conditions when high or erratic winds are a factor, the Red Flag Warning becomes a critical statement for firefighting agencies. These agencies often alter their staffing and equipment resources dramatically to accommodate the forecast risk.

To the public, a Red Flag Warning means high fire danger with increased probability of a quickly spreading vegetation fire in the area within 24 hours. 



PUD Keeps Us Going Through Fire Hurdles 8/19/2015

 

MANSON SUBSTATION TAKEN OFFLINE FOR ABOUT 45 MINUTES DUE TO TREE IN POWERLINES
As many as 3100 customers in the Manson/South Shore area lost power this afternoon all but 500 back in service
 
WENATCHEE – A burned tree in the First Creek area along the south shore of Lake Chelan fell into powerlines, taking down the Chelan PUD Manson substation. Approximately 3100 customers lost power. Crews were able to work around the outage and all but 500 customers south of the Lake Chelan Yacht club are back in power. The PUD hopes to restore power to the remaining 500 customers some time later this evening or early tomorrow. Crews have been diverted from other work to assist with repairs and restoration.
 
Meanwhile, another contract crew has been added to the nine crews working in the Antoine Creek/Airport area of the Chelan Complex fire. Repairing the significant damage to poles and wires in this area remains a priority.
 
Internet services have been restored to most businesses and residents in Chelan and Manson. Internet service remains down for those in Chelan Falls and along areas of Hwy 97 served by Chelan PUD fiber. Fiber crews are continuing to work on repairs and hope to have internet service restored tomorrow.
 
Chelan Falls, Powerhouse and Beebe Parks all remain closed to the public until further notice. The parks are being used as staging areas for fire personnel and the National Guard. 
With the stagnant, smoky air wafting in and out of the area, Chelan County PUD’s energy advisers offer these tips to help customers maintain indoor air quality:
    • If you have an outside air source for ventilation that’s connected to your heating and cooling system, close it;
    • Leave interior doors open so that filtered air from your furnace/air conditioning system does not get forced out of gaps in windows, walls and ceilings of rooms that have their doors closed. Air that leaves those rooms will cause outside air to be sucked in to other parts of the house;
    • Don’t run a filter-less free-standing fan which will just stir up the particles already in your home;  
    • Check your furnace filter and if it’s dirty, replace it with a new filter rated with the highest MERV rating you can find that will fit your system. MERV stands for Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value and uses a numbering system from 1-16. The higher the number, the better the filter will perform.
    • As a general rule, unless you have a filter capable of removing smoke, you should set the fan on your thermostat to “auto” rather than “on,” so air doesn’t continually circulate (which could draw in outside air). However, if you find your home seems smoky or smoke is increasing with the “auto” setting, switch it back to “on.”  Homes differ greatly and the effectiveness of these settings will vary depending on how “tight” a home is sealed.
For more information, check Forest Service – Wildland Fire Smoke: www.fs.fed.us/air/smoke.
 
Customers are advised that even in the areas where power has been restored, there may be some isolated outages due to damaged equipment and changing fire conditions. Customers who are back in service can resume normal power use; customers who are still out of power are reminded to please turn off and/or unplug electronics and appliances and leave outside light on. This will protect your appliances from potential power surges and an outside light will help our crews know who is back in service;
 
WARNING: CONSIDER ANY DOWNED LINE AS ENERGIZED AND AVOID IT. CONTACT THE PUD AT 1-877-783-8123 OR CALL 911.
 
The PUD advises any Medline customers or those customers on medical support equipment still without power to seek alternate housing arrangements, check in with the Red Cross at the Entiat Valley Community Resource Center, 2084 Entiat Way, or go to the Lake Chelan Community Hospital at 503 E. Highland Ave. in Chelan.
 
Customers who want to help fire victims can make monetary donations to the North Central Washington Community Foundation, www.cfncw.org; or contact the Apple Valley Red Cross, (509) 663-3907.
 
Follow us on Facebook (Chelan PUD) or Twitter (@chelanpud) for additional updates.
 
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Overarching Objectives:
    • Protect human health and safety and the environment
    • Restore and maintain operation of essential community services
    • Protect District Assets
    • Ensure effective internal and external communications with employees, customers, and stakeholders
    • Partner with stakeholder agencies for collaborations of strategies and sharing of resources
    • Operate in an efficient and cost-effective manner



Deputies Lose Days Off To Protect Evacuees8/18/2015

 Sheriff Brian Burnett reports as of Tuesday, August 18, and due to the continuing efforts of fighting the Reach/Chelan Complex of fires, days off have been canceled for all Chelan County Sheriff’s deputies. Assistance from the Washington State Patrol of eight (8) Troopers every day of the continuing effort, along with support and assistance from the Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Wenatchee Police Department, will be utilized to allow roving patrols to protect property tragically damaged and lost in the wildfires from further loss or damage.

Sheriff Burnett has been shocked and saddened by the devastating losses suffered by the residents of Chelan County, and would like all residents to know the thoughts and prayers of he and his entire staff is with the fire victims and firefighters.

 



Chelan Complex Continues To Grow8/18/2015

 Significant progress was made on the Chelan area fires over the last 24 hours. Crews continued structure protection efforts on several fire fronts, while building containment lines where possible. Resources from several agencies have been working to protect homes, contain the fires, and begin mop-up.

Firefighters remain focused on extended attack both day and night, and are working offensively to implement a containment strategy. Teams from the Washington Department of Natural Resources, State Fire Marshal, and Washington National Guard are assisting in this effort. A night shift of seven state-mobilized strike teams (of five engines each) are assisting with firefighting activities. Six helicopters are dropping water, shuttling crews, and conducting reconnaissance missions. Two fixed wing aircraft are conducting water and retardant drops as needed.
Chelan Complex: The most active growth over the last 24 hours occurred on the western perimeter, burning west into Union Valley towards Cooper Ridge. Crews worked day and night to provide structure protection, construct containment lines, and control spotting. On the southern and eastern fire perimeters, firefighters built several miles of containment line and crews began mopping up 200 feet into the perimeter. Today crews will provide point protection for structures and infrastructure, look for unburned fuel flare-ups, continue mop-up, and build dozer line along parts of Cooper Ridge and FS Road 8020.
Black Canyon and McFarland Creek fires are actively burning in timber, brush, and short grass approximately 8 miles west of Pateros, in Okanogan County. Fire behavior is extreme with crowning, flanking and spotting. Crews will conduct burnout operations from Cooper Road to the southeast fire edge. Indirect attack strategies will be used to direct the flames away from infrastructure and direct attack strategies will be used when possible. The fire is in very steep terrain and many locations do not safely allow for dozers or handcrews to build line.
First Creek Fire remains very active, with crowning and spotting and continues to threaten residences along South Lake Shore Road, Lake Chelan State Park, First Creek Rd, and SR 971. Dozers constructed line along the northeast perimeter from the lakeshore about a mile up the ridge. Dozers also built line on the southern perimeter from the lakeshore to Navarre Coulle, while crews began digging handline along the western perimeter. Firefighters continue to provide structure protection, and control for spotting. The fire is near the Cove area on the northeast corner, remains north of First Creek, and has not reached Lake Chelan State Park.
Wolverine Fire: The fire stayed within planned containment lines and remains in check on Hilgard Pass. Firefighters continue mop-up and structure protection in Holden Village. Several resources have been removed from this fire to assist with extended attack on the other fires. Level 3 evacuations remain for Holden Village, Lucerne, Domke Lake, Riddle, and Lightning Creek.
Weather: Light northwest winds 3-5 mph in the morning; southerly winds 8-12 mph in the afternoon. Relative humidity at 20-25% with temperatures in the high 80s.
Closure Information: Extensive trail and area closures on Forest Service lands remain in effect, more information available on InciWeb. Contact Washington State Department of Transportation or Chelan County Emergency Management for information about Chelan area road closures. Contact Douglas County Emergency Management for road closures in Douglas County.
Evacuation/Aid Information: Level 3 evacuations in place for approximately 2,900 residents in the greater Chelan area. Evacuation information available from Chelan County Emergency Management. Red Cross shelters are established at MOE Elementary, 407 East Woodin Ave, Chelan; Sterling Middle School, 600 North James Street, East Wenatchee; and Brewster High School, 503 S 7th St, Brewster.
Douglas County Emergency Management: 509-888-6841
Chelan County Emergency Management: 509-667-6863
Okanogan Emergency Management: 509-422-7207
Red Cross:


Black Canyon/McFarland Fires 6,035 Acres8/18/2015

 State fire assistance has been mobilized under the Washington State Fire Services Resource Mobilization Plan in support of local firefighters working to contain the Black Canyon and McFarland Creek Fires near the town of Pateros.  Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste authorized the mobilization of state firefighting resources on August 17, 2015, at 7:30 pm at the request of Okanogan/Douglas County Fire Districts #15.

 

The fire started the morning of August 14, 2015. The cause of the Black Canyon Fire is believed to be lightning; the cause of the McFarland Creek Fire is unknown at this time.  The fires have grown to a combined 6,035 acres; threating 462 structures, crops, and power lines.  Level 1 evacuations have been ordered for several areas.

 

Mobilization specialists from the Fire Protection Bureau have received a request for one wildland task force to supplement the resources already fighting the fire.

 

The State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at Camp Murray has been activated to Phase III, to coordinate state assistance for the multiple fires including the Black Canyon and McFarland Creek Fires.  Personnel from the State Fire Marshal’s Office will be on scene to coordinate dispatch of resources, and personnel are already staffing 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:  www.wsp.wa.gov/fire/mobilization.htm



Leavenworth Fires Are Contained8/18/2015

 Leavenworth Fires Contained

Leavenworth, WA— Firefighters from the Wenatchee River Ranger District have contained four wildfires in the Icicle Creek drainage.

The 20-acre 4th of July wildfire located on Icicle Ridge was lined Monday night and firefighters are beginning mop-up.  Located within a mile of the 4th of July fire is the Icicle Ridge Fire, now 100% contained. The Lion Creek fire, a small fire reported Monday night is in patrol status. These fires were caused by lightning. The Bridge Creek fires were human caused and are lined and in patrol status. 

All fires are located within the boundaries of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Wenatchee River Ranger District. 

The decrease in winds and cooler weather were important aids to firefighters in establishing and building containment lines.  Forest Service Trails #1570 (Icicle Ridge) & #1579 (Fourth-of-July) remain closed to provide for both firefighter and public safety.

 

Although all fires are contained, until mop-up is completed there may be occasional signs of light fire activity.  Patrols will continue on these fires until they are “dead out”.  For this reason, we ask people to stay outside of the fire areas.



Sheriff on Douglas County Side of Fire8/18/2015

 

Chelan Reach Fire Update-
08/17/15  Monday  8:30 PM

There is encouraging news from the Douglas County side of the Chelan Reach Fire.  Nearly all of the evacuation level notices have been reduced.  

The only LEVEL III notice in effect is for McNeil Canyon.  Firefighters are still doing active structure protection in that area.  

Everything North of Rd. 20 and West of Central Ferry Rd. has been lowered to a LEVEL II.  

Bridgeport and the Bridgeport Bar has been lowered to a LEVEL I.  

McNeil Canyon Rd. is still closed from Hwy. 97 to Rd. E NW.  Douglas County Deputies will be patrolling the McNeil Canyon area due to damaged road structures and to prevent unauthorized access. Power has been restored to the area, but phone service is reported as intermittent.  

There have been additional reports of structure loss but only one has been confirmed.  This fire complex has proven to be unpredictable and citizens are reminded to be vigilant and report any new fire activity.  

If you do see suspected new fire activity, please have an accurate location so dispatchers can quickly pinpoint the problem.

Very Respectfully,
Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal

 



More than 2000 Still At Level 3 Evacuations8/17/2015

 The Chelan Complex (Reach, Antoine, Cagle Fires) challenged firefighters and threatened many structures over the last 24 hours. Crews continued structure protection efforts on several fire fronts, while putting plans into place for building containment lines where possible. Resources from several agencies have been working to protect homes and slow the fires’ spread.

Firefighters remain focused on extended attack both day and night, and are scouting opportunities to work offensively to implement a containment strategy. Several resources have been mobilized to assist in the firefighting effort, including teams from the Washington Department of Natural Resources, State Fire Marshal, and Army National Guard. A night shift of five state mobilized strike teams (of five engines each) is assisting with firefighting activities. Six helicopters are assisting with water drops, crew shuttle, and reconnaissance. Additionally, two fixed wing aircraft will be conducting water and retardant drops as needed.

Chelan Complex is actively spreading in several directions, burning in brush, short grass, and timber to the north of Chelan and on both sides of the Columbia River. Burnouts and dozer lines completed on the southern flank held the fire, protecting many homes and areas along the Columbia River. Yesterday and last night, on the northwestern flank near Washington Creek and Echo Ridge, firefighters worked to protect structures, build dozer line, and control spotting. The fire has slowly spread into the east side of Union Valley and northwest to Washington Butte. Today firefighters will be working from established anchor points and provide point and zone protection for structures and infrastructure.

First Creek Fire is actively spreading north and west in brush and timber, 8 miles northwest of Chelan on the South Shore. The fire is very active, with crowning and spotting. The fire continues to threaten residences along South Lake Shore Road, Lake Chelan State Park, First Creek Rd, and SR 971. Firefighters have conducted hand-firing operations and are working to provide structure protection from TwentyFive Mile Creek to Navarre Coulee, as well as assessing opportunities to control the fire perimeter at the north and south. The fire is near the Cove area on the northeast corner, remains north of First Creek, and has not reached Lake Chelan State Park.

Black Canyon and McFarland Creek fires are actively burning in timber, brush, and short grass approximately 8 miles west of Pateros, in Okanogan County. Fire behavior is extreme with significant crowning, group torching, flanking and spotting. The fire is in very steep terrain and firefighters are using direct and indirect tactics to limit fire growth and determining point protection locations.

Wolverine Fire: On the north and south ends, the fire stayed within planned containment lines. Firefighters have finished burnout operations around Holden Village and are continuing with mop up and structure protection in that area. As safety allows, resources may continue to be removed from this fire to assist with extended attack on the other fires. Level 3 evacuations remain for Holden Village, Lucerne, Domke Lake, Riddle, and Lightning Creek.

Weather: Light winds 3-7 mph in the morning, increasing to 7-10 mph in the afternoon. Relative humidity at 20-25% with temperatures in the mid 80’s.

Closure Information: Extensive trail and area closures on Forest Service lands remain in effect, more information available on InciWeb. Contact Washington State Department of Transportation or Chelan County Emergency Management for information about Chelan area road closures. Contact Douglas County Emergency Management for road closures in Douglas County.

Evacuation/Aid Information: Level 3 evacuations in place for approximately 2,750 residents in the greater Chelan area. Evacuation information available from Chelan County Emergency Management. Red Cross shelters are established at Entiat Valley Resource Center, 2084 Entiat Way, Entiat, and Sterling Middle School, 600 North James Street, East Wenatchee.

Douglas County Emergency Management: 509-888-6841

Chelan County Emergency Management: 509-667-6863

Okanogan Emergency Management: 509-422-7207

Red Cross: 509-663-3907

Chelan County PUD: 877-783-8123

Washington State Patrol: 509-682-8090

 

 

Basic Information

Current as of 8/16/2015, 10:20:30 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning
Date of Origin Monday June 29th, 2015 approx. 07:30 AM
Location 3 miles NW of Lucerne, WA
Incident Commander Chelan Ranger District/ USFS
Incident Description Remote, Extremely Steep Area

Current Situation

Total Personnel 479
Size 39,989 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 30%
Fuels Involved

Timber (Grass and Understory)

Brush (2 feet)

Timber (Litter and Understory)

Significant Events

Active, flanking, torching, spotting

Outlook

Planned Actions

Continue to reduce risk around Holden Village with small scale firing operations and mop up.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours: The fire is under a more stable atmosphere however, torching and crown runs still probable due to winds and fires being slope and fuels driven. Spotting potential is high. The fire will run through the lighter fuels as influenced by the wind and topography. The fire remains a threat to the village of Holden, Stehekin and also 25-Mile to the south. Smoky conditions persist in Chelan.

24 hours:

48 hours: Potential for increased activity due to unstable atmosphere.

72 hours: Continued drying, and corresponding increase in fire behavior.

Remarks

37565 ACRES on Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest (WA-OWF)

2424 ACRES on North Cascades National Park (WA-NCP)

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Dry conditions are expected through Wednesday along with warmer temperatures and lower relative humidities. Winds are expected to be light up-canyon/up-valley in the afternoon with down-canyon/down-valley winds overnight through Tuesday. Winds are expected to increase Wednesday afternoon and remain gusty through Friday. Instability is also expected to increase through the week and a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms will return by Thursday and Friday.

 

 

 

Deputy Incident Command, Rob Allen, at today's Press Conference at 11AM- 

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Icicle Ridge Fire 20-Acres, 70% Contained8/17/2015

 The 20-acre 4th of July wildfire located on Icicle Ridge is now 70% contained.  Located within a mile of the 4th of July fire is the Icicle Ridge Fire, which is now 100% contained. Both fires are located within the boundaries of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Wenatchee River Ranger District and approximately five miles south and west of Leavenworth. 

Cooler weather and higher humidity aided the local Wenatchee River Ranger District firefighters in establishing and building containment lines.  Although the outlook is much better, Forest Service Trails #1570 & 1579 remain closed to provide for both firefighter and public safety as there is still active fire in the area.

 

Sunday evening a new fire start was reported. The Lion Creek Fire, visible from Icicle Creek and Eightmile roads, is a “hold-over” lightning strike from last week’s storm.  This small fire is located in a very rocky area that was burned over in 2012 during the Eightmile Fire.  A Wenatchee River Ranger District fire/resource crew is hiking in now to the fire and will spike camp overnight.  This fire is estimated at 1/10th of an acre.  There are no trail or road closures associated with the Lion Creek fire.

 

Most of the smoke in the area is drifting smoke from the Chelan fires, but there is smoke emanating from the significant amount of fires burning throughout WA, OR, CA and Idaho.  None of the wildfires in the Leavenworth area are impacting the city of Leavenworth and the community continues to hold all its scheduled activities.   



All But 600 Customers Get Power Back8/17/2015

PUD crews worked until late Sunday night to get most of the Chelan Valley and McNeil Canyon back into power. Customers are advised that even in the areas where power has been restored, there may be some isolated outages due to damaged equipment. PUD crews are turning their attention to the Antoine Creek and Chelan airport locations.
 
The biggest hazards facing crews are:
    • Steep, rocky terrain in the Antoine Creek area where ground is unstable and there is still some fire activity;
    • Biting and stinging insects – crews need to be aware in the event any crew members have a reaction to bites or stings;
    • Rattlesnakes – crews are reporting seeing a number of snakes;
Power has been restored to Chelan Falls, Powerhouse and Beebe Parks. Chelan Falls and Powerhouse parks remain closed to the public for fire crew staging. Beebe Park has been reopened to the public with electric, water and sewer services restored. Beebe Park day use area is still being used by fire personnel for staging.
 
Fiber/internet service hasn’t been restored in Chelan Valley yet. Backbone service restoration is a priority for today.
 
Almost 100 poles – and counting – are damaged. The fire is placing a great deal of pressure on PUD resource supplies such as poles, cable and personnel. The PUD is working hard to restock materials to support the crews. Regular and previously scheduled work is being delayed due to fire response. The public is asked for their understanding and patience if a project is delayed.
 
Mutual aid crews from Okanogan and Douglas County, one crew each with 4 – 5 service personnel – crews are bringing materials and poles to help with restoration. They will be onsite Monday to assist Chelan PUD crews. Two contract crews continue to assist the PUD in the airport area.
 
The PUD office in Chelan is open.
 
Customers who are back in service can resume normal power use; customers who are still out of power are reminded to please turn off and/or unplug electronics and appliances and leave outside light on. This will protect your appliances from potential power surges and an outside light will help our crews know who is back in service;
 
WARNING: CONSIDER ANY DOWNED LINE AS ENERGIZED AND AVOID IT. CONTACT THE PUD AT 1-877-783-8123 OR CALL 911.
 
We ask for your patience as we restore power. The Antoine and Apple Acres areas may take through the weekend for restoration, due to fire activity, the extensive damage that already has occurred, the ability of the PUD to make necessary repairs, and how easily the PUD can reach individual services.
 
The PUD advises any Medline customers or those customers on medical support equipment still without power to seek alternate housing arrangements, check in with the Red Cross at the Entiat Valley Community Resource Center, 2084 Entiat Way, or go to the Lake Chelan Community Hospital at 503 E. Highland Ave. in Chelan.
 
The next update will be approximately 6 p.m. Monday, unless conditions change. Follow us on Facebook (Chelan PUD) or Twitter (@chelanpud) for additional updates.
 
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    • Protect human health and safety and the environment
    • Restore and maintain operation of essential community services
    • Protect District Assets
    • Ensure effective internal and external communications with employees, customers, and stakeholders
    • Partner with stakeholder agencies for collaborations of strategies and sharing of resources
    • Operate in an efficient and cost-effective manner



+ News for the week of August 09, 2015

Updated List of Fires Acreage & Locations8/14/2015

 Forest Service fire crews responded to 11 lightning ignited fires in and adjacent to the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest this morning.  

 

Four fires are burning in the Chelan Butte area, west of Chelan.  All of these fires are threatening structures; resources from Wolverine Fire are being rerouted to assist with initial attack.

  The Reach Fire started as five small lightning fires that grew together.  This fire is now 200 acres and a level 3 evacuation notification is in effect for the Lakeside area west of Chelan.

  First Creek Fire is about one acre and is located 10 miles northwest of Chelan 

  Cagle Fire, burning near Deer Mountain about two miles north of Chelan, is one acre but has potential to grow larger

  Antoine Fire, near Washington Butte approximately 9 miles northwest of Chelan, is 30 acres.  The fire is moving into the Washington Creek threatening structures in that area.

 

One confirmed fire is burning on the Methow Valley Ranger District:

  Firefighters are working on a 5-6 acre fire in Black Canyon, about 6 miles southwest of the community of Methow

 

Three fires are on the Tonasket Ranger District:

  The Phoebe Fire, 11 miles northeast of Tonasket, is about 1/5 acre; a fire engine is on scene

  Oriole Fire, 5 miles northwest of Conconully, is 1/10 acre; there is a fire line around 95 percent of the fire

  Schalow Mountain Fire, located about 3 miles northeast of Conconully just north of Conconully Lake, is 1/10 acre.  A crew is hiking into the fire. 

 

Two fires are on the Wenatchee River Ranger District:

  The 8-acre Icicle Ridge Fire is burning near the top of Icicle Ridge approximately 4 miles southwest of Leavenworth

  4th of July Fire is also on Icicle Ridge, approximately 5 miles west of Leavenworth; it is less than 1/10 acre in size

  Temporary trail closures are in effect on Icicle Ridge Trail No. 1570 and 4th of July Trail No. 1579 for firefighter and public safety

 

One fire is on the Naches Ranger District

  The 1.5-acre Nelson Butte Fire is burning in heavy timber in the William O. Douglas Wilderness, approximately 5 miles east of Bumping Lake.  Four smokejumpers are assigned to the fire. 

 

Firefighters will continue to respond to any new fires resulting from last night’s lightning storm. 



Red Flag Warning is in effect thru 8 PM 8/14/2015

 

Friday August 14, 2015

Red Flag Warning is in effect thru 8 PM this evening for North and Central Cascade Valleys including Chelan and Okanogan/Methow Valleys ...Columbia Basin.... Okanogan Highlands

A RED FLAG WARNING IS A FORECST WARNING ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TO INFORM FIREFIGHTING AND LAND MANAGEMENT AGENCIES THAT CONDITIONS ARE IDEAL FOR WILDLAND FIRE COMBUSTION AND RAPID SPREAD.   IN DROUGHT CONDITIONS, ESPECIALLY WHEN HIGH OR ERRATIC WINDS WHICH MAY INCLUDDE LIGHTNING ARE A FACTOR, FACTOR, THE RED FLAG WARNING BECOMES A CRITICAL STATEMENT FOR FIREFIGHTING AGENCIES.  

 

Blowing Dust Advisory this afternoon and evening for the Columbia Basin and the Waterville Plateau.

Flash Flood Watch through this evening for East Slopes Northern Cascades-Okanogan Valley- Wenatchee Area.

A FLASH FLOOD WATCH MEANS THE THREAT OF FLASH FLOODING EXISTS ALONG RIVERS AND CREEKS AND LOW LYING AREAS.   IF YOU ARE IN THE WATCH AREA YOU SHOULD MONITOR WEATHER CONDITIONS CLOSELY.   BE READY TO MOVE TO HIGHER GROUND IF FLOODING IS OBSERVED OR A WARNING IS ISSUED. STAY TUNED FOR FURTHER UPDATES. 	


Grant K9 Project Gets $1,000 Donation8/13/2015

 Advisory: Moses Lake Elks donate $1000 toward GCSO K9 Project


A big thank you to the Moses Lake Elks #1930 for their $1,000 donation to the GCSO K9 Project!  Sheriff Tom Jones received a check from President Bill West. With the donation from the Elks, the Grant County Sheriff’s Office has so far raised nearly $50,000 toward a Patrol K9 Program. To donate, go to www.columbiabasinfoundation.org.                                                                                                                                                                     



Wolverine Fire Grew 1,000 Acres Overnight8/13/2015

On the north end of the fire, crews continued with mop-up operations in the Castle Creek drainage. A few heat sources were found and cooled off with helicopter water drops. Fire crews extended the contingency line along the Stehekin River Trail beyond the airstrip to a gravel pit. Today crews will begin to monitor the Castle Creek drainage and continue with fuels reduction and structure protection efforts throughout the Stehekin Valley. All businesses and travel to and from Stehekin remain open.

 

Structure protection around Holden Village was successful yesterday. Crews focused on a hand-ignited burnout around the community, combined with heavy sprinkler work and intensive monitoring for embers through the night. Due to heavy smoke in Railroad Creek yesterday, no aerial ignition occurred. Overnight, the main fire slowly backed down the ridge toward Holden and met the burnout around the Village as planned by fire management. Crews today will finalize burn operations and begin to secure the burnout on the south side of the drainage and monitor for spot fires.

 

Firefighters in Lucerne will continue with backhaul operations and monitoring cabins and structures along the lakeshore. As the threat of fire damage has passed, structure wrap and sprinklers will be removed from most of the cabins. 

 

Fire movement remains static on the southern end in Pyramid and Graham Harbor drainages. Topography and light fuels continue to allow for successful helicopter water drops to slow the fire’s progression. The contingency line along Shady Pass Road (Forest Road 5900) from Crow Hill to Lake Chelan is complete. At the end of shift, 25-Mile spike camp and helibase crews will move to Chelan Falls fire camp. Air support will operate out of the Chelan airport.

Expected Fire Behavior: Fuel moistures are very low and will continue to dry out over the coming days. Expect to see increased fire activity with higher temperatures and low relative humidity. Fire will be active near ridge tops and movement is expected to continue up Railroad Creek drainage. Gusty outflow winds associated with thunderstorms could increase spotting potential and fire movement where fuels are continuous. Fire behavior is expected to remain insignificant on the northern and southern edges of the fire.

Blankenship Fire: The fire continues to smolder with minimal movement. The operational goal is to keep the fire on the west side of Agnes Creek and confined within the natural barriers. The terrain is very steep and rugged and firefighter safety is our number one priority.

Goode Fire: The National Park Service assumed command of the fire at 6 am this morning. The north, east, and west sides are surrounded by rocky ridgetops. Park Service firefighters will continue to work the southern flank and monitor the fire. For information regarding the Goode Fire please contact North Cascades National Park Information at (360) 854-7245.

Weather: A red flag warning is in effect from 12 pm to 9 pm tonight for hot, dry and unstable conditions. Today will be the hottest day of the week with temperatures nearing 100 degrees in valleys, and ridge temperatures reaching 70-75 degrees. There will be an increased chance of thunderstorms throughout the day with gusty outflow winds possible.

 Closure Information: Shady Pass Road (5900) remains closed due to heavy fire equipment traffic. The closure begins at the junction with Slide Ridge Road (8410) and continues over Shady Pass to the Entiat River Road. Slide Ridge Road and Snowberry Campground are open. The Big Hill Road is closed from Shady Pass to the Big Hill Trailhead. Domke Lake, Lucerne and Refrigerator Harbor campgrounds are closed until further notice. Pacific Crest Trail detour also remains in effect.

 

Basic Information

Current as of 8/12/2015, 9:56:25 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning
Date of Origin Monday June 29th, 2015 approx. 07:30 AM
Location 3 miles NW of Lucerne, WA
Incident Commander Chelan Ranger District/ USFS
Incident Description Remote, Extremely Steep Area

Current Situation

Total Personnel 544
Size 37,010 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 20%
Fuels Involved

Timber (grass and understory)

Timber (litter and understory)

Significant Events

Active, flanking, torching, spotting

Outlook

Planned Actions

Branch I and II (S and SE of fire): Complete structure protection plan for the Twenty-five Mile area. Stage personnel at Twenty-five Mile Spike camp. Implement contingency plan if needed.

Branch III (W and NW of fire): Continue implementation of structure protection plan in Holden Village, with line construction and burn out. Continue to assess and clear the road from Holden Village toward Lucerne.

Lake Branch: Monitor around Lucerne and the lakeside campgrounds and structures. In Stehekin, continue to improve existing fuel breaks.

Projected Incident Activity

Good possibility of increased activity due to gusty outflow winds from storms and increased instability. Hot and dry weather has been curing fuels to be conditioned for higher potential of growth and spotting. Holden Village is still threatened due to available fuels and spotting potential.

Remarks

The Incident Management Team is also managing the Blankenship Fire.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Many weather concerns. Another day of hot, dry conditions is expected for Thursday with the atmosphere becoming increasingly unstable. In addition, isolated thunderstorm coverage will increase to scattered coverage by late Thursday afternoon with scattered, mostly dry thunderstorms continuing through Thursday night. NW winds will increase to 20-30 mph late Thursday, further increasing to 30-40 mph by early morning Friday and continuing throughout the day. Shower and thunderstorm activity will increase Friday as the upper trough swings inland with locally heavy downpours possible.

 



Car Accident Claims Life Of Chelan Woman8/13/2015

The Washington State Patrol has confirmed that Maria Ruiz Herrejon, of Chelan, was killed yesterday in a head on collision on Highway 97, 2 miles nrth of BeeBe Bridge.

According to the report, Maria, (25 years of age), was driving northbound in  a 1997 Pontiac Grand Am, and attempted to pass a vehicle and hit a 2011 Dodge Ram pickup driven by Ramiro Villagrana, of Brewster. Both Ramiro, and his passenger, Marisel Villagrana, were taken to an area hospital.

The high impact crash caused the Dodge pickup to roll and come to a rest in the southbound ditch.

The accident closed the highway for several hours.

 

Chelan Fire and Rescue Captain, Pat Moore, says that call came in yesterday early afternoon....


 

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Quick Clean Up Of Fuel Spill In Lake8/13/2015

 Chelan County Fire District 7 and Chelan County Sheriff's Office worked together on Tuesday to clean up a fuel spill near Peterson's Waterfront in Chelan. Captain Pat Moore, says the spill was quickly contained and evaporated- with no lasting issues. 

 

Here's that interview with Captain Moore, with Chelan County Fire District 7...

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Several Car Prowls Near Golf Course8/13/2015

Chelan County Sheriff's Office is investigating after a rash of car prowls were reported early Monday- all of which occurred in the area around the Chelan Municipal Golf Course.

 

Chelan County Sheriff Sergeant, Rob Huddleston, says they received multiple reports of car prowls and even dealt with a few stolen vehicles...

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If you have any information on the car prowls, you are asked to call the Chelan County Sheriff's Office at 509-667-6851.



Health Report: Back To School Eye Check8/13/2015
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Thursday AM News 08-13-158/13/2015

 This morning's news with Jay Witherbee

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Possible Gang Shooting Near Soap Lake8/12/2015

 Advisory: Man injured Wednesday morning in gang members-involved shooting near Soap Lake


SOAP LAKE, Wash. (12AUG2015) – A 29-year-old Soap Lake man is hospitalized today after being shot early Wednesday morning in the Lakeview community just outside Soap Lake.

Daniel J. Pulliam called 9-1-1 around 4:15 a.m. telling dispatchers he had been shot. Emergency responders found Pulliam near Franklin Street and State Route 28. He was suffering from a gunshot wound to the thigh. He was initially taken by ambulance to Columbia Basin Hospital in Ephrata, and later taken to Confluence Health-Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee. His current condition is unknown.

Around 6:15 a.m., sheriff’s deputies, Ephrata police officers and Washington state troopers surrounded a home nearby and used a loudspeaker to order people inside the home to come out. Four people came out without incident and were detained for questioning. As of yet, nobody has been arrested for the shooting. Deputies believe gang members were involved in the shooting.

Investigators are processing a large crime scene. More information will be sent when available.



Wolverine Fire Now 36,030 Acres & 20%8/12/2015

 

Basic Information

Current as of 8/11/2015, 9:41:24 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning
Date of Origin Monday June 29th, 2015 approx. 07:30 AM
Location 3 miles NW of Lucerne, WA
Incident Commander Chelan Ranger District/ USFS
Incident Description Remote, Extremely Steep Area

Current Situation

Total Personnel 540
Size 36,030 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 20%
Fuels Involved

Timber (grass and understory)

Timber (litter and understory)

Significant Events

Active, torching, spotting

Outlook

Planned Actions

Branch I and II (S and SE of fire): Improve indirect line preparation and continue assessing structure protection plans in the Twenty-five Mile area.

Branch III (W and NW of fire): Continue implementation of structure protection plan in Holden Village, with line construction and burn out. Continue to assess and clear the road from Holden Village toward Lucerne.

Lake Branch: Monitor around Lucerne and the lakeside campgrounds and structures. In Stehekin, continue to improve existing fuel breaks.

Projected Incident Activity

Active fire will continue near tops of drainages with continued movement west toward Holden Village and southeast toward Twenty-five Mile Creek. Potential for movement north toward Stehekin if spots cross the containment line.

Remarks

The Incident Management Team is also managing the Blankenship Fire. Provided IA assistance to Yakima Nation and Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Assisted North Cascades National Park with Type 1 helicopter.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Continued warm and dry through midday Thursday with warm afternoon temperatures and low relative humidity. There will be a slight chance of afternoon and evening thunderstorms each day with gusty outflow winds possible.

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 Sarah Saarloos, Public Information Officer for Wolverine Fire

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Douglas County Sheriff Looks To Hire8/12/2015

 The Douglas County Sheriff's Office is one step closer to mending their personnel shortage, with several interviews this week that could lead to hiring for the two vacant deputy positions.

 

Douglas County Sheriff, Harvey Gjesdal, says after a few retirements at the start of the year, and some personnel shifts, his office is really feeling the deputy shortage...

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Commissioners Approve SRO Program8/12/2015

 Chelan County Commissioners approved contracts Monday that will allow Cascade, Cashmere, Chelan and Manson school districts to participate in the School Resource Officer program- putting a deputy at each school full time throughout the school year.

 

Chelan County Commissioner, Doug England, says the commissioners feel very strongly that the program benefits schools, students, deputies and communities...

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 Although commissioners approved Cascade, Cashmere, Chelan and Manson contracts yesterday, England says in the past, the Entiat School District has also participated in the school resource officer program and expects to see that contract for approval in the coming weeks.



Health Report: Dirty Kids Are Healthy Kids8/12/2015
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Wednesday AM News 08-12-158/12/2015

 This morning's news with Jay Witherbee

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Grant County Warns of Police Activity8/12/2015

 Alert: POLICE ACTIVITY - SR28/FRANKLIN ST IN LAKEVIEW. BARRICADED SHOOTING SUSPECT
POLICE ACTIVITY - SR28/FRANKLIN ST IN LAKEVIEW. BARRICADED SHOOTING SUSPECT. SPECTATORS STAY AWAY.                                                                



Get Your Canner Gauge Tested 8/12/2015

 

CANNER DIAL GAUGES TO BE TESTED

 

The USDA recommends that home canners have their pressure canner dial gauges checked each year to assure safety in home canning.

Home canners can have their pressure canner dial gauges checked by a certified WSU Food Safety & Preservation Information Assistant at:

Oroville Farmer’s Market, Oroville Washington

Saturday August 22th, from 9:00a.m. to 1:00p.m.

 

Testing is also offered throughout the year at the WSU Okanogan County Extension Office, County Courthouse, Room 101, in Okanogan, Mondays-Thursdays from 8a.m. to 5p.m.

 

Up-to-date food preservation publications and information will be available for purchase. There is a $5 suggested donation for each gauge tested.

For more information contact the Okanogan Extension office at 509-422-7245.



Infrared Map Shows Fire Is 34,500 Acres8/11/2015

 Yesterday helicopters continued burning operations dropping Plastic Spherical Devices (PSD’s) in the Railroad Creek drainage to reduce fire intensity and protect Holden Village. Fire burning in heavy fuels produced a column as the fire spread down drainage pushed by gusty winds. After several days of no flights due to technical difficulties with an infrared flight last night indicated the fire grew to approximately 34,500 acres with fire activity.

 

 

At about 8 pm last evening, a weather cell passing between the Blankenship and Wolverine Fires caused gusty outflow winds, 20-30 mph, which blew down Railroad Creek drainage and increased fire activity. This caused extensive perimeter growth on the northwestern flank of the fire in the vicinity of Holden Village. The fire is well established in Ten Mile drainage up to Hilgard Pass and in Wilson Creek, southeast of Holden. There is abundant intense and scattered heat in the western half of the fire. The main fire and burnouts have grown together and continue to move around Holden to the northwest as planned by fire management. Sprinkler systems remain in place soaking structures and vegetation in and around Holden.

 

 

On the northern end of the fire, crews in Castle Creek continued mop-up efforts yesterday assisted by water drops from helicopters after a successful burnout operation that took place several days ago. Crews in Stehekin continued improving fuel breaks throughout the Valley and will continue with similar operations today. All businesses and travel to and from Stehekin remain open.

 

 

The fire remains in a holding pattern on the southern end in Pyramid and Graham Harbor drainages. Topography and light fuels are allowing for successful helicopter water drops to slow the fire’s progression. Efforts to reopen old containment lines are near complete on Shady Pass Road (Forest Road 5900) from Crow Hill to the Lake Chelan. It will serve as a contingency line if the fire should move south. The southernmost edge of the fire remains 12 miles uplake from 25-Mile Creek and 30 miles from Chelan. Crews today will continue to improve the Shady Pass contingency line and reduce ladder fuels.

 

Expected Fire Behavior: Fire behavior is expected to be minimal on the northern and southern edges of the fire. Officials expect continued fire growth west up Railroad Creek toward Holden where fuels are continuous. Fuel moistures are very low and will continue to dry out. Pockets of hidden heat may become active throughout the day and spotting potential remains high. Visible smoke is likely as fuels are consumed.

 

Blankenship Fire: Minimal fire behavior was observed on the Blankenship Fire yesterday with fire creeping and smoldering downslope toward Agnes Creek. The Carson Hotshots will be inserted to evaluate line construction and equipment needs if conditions allow on the east side of the fire. Fire spread in other directions is limited by avalanche chutes and geologic features. The terrain is very steep and rugged and firefighter safety is our number one priority.

 

Goode Fire: Firefighters continued to secure handline on the southern flank of the Goode Fire yesterday. The north, east, and west sides have been tied into rocky ridgetops and a glacier. Fire behavior will be similar to yesterday with minimal growth and consumption of interior materials. Crews will continue to work the southern flank with helicopter support and begin mop-up efforts in Park Creek. This fire will be transferred back to the National Park Service at 6 am on Wednesday.

 

Weather: Weather will continue to be warm and dry with valley temperatures reaching 90-95 degrees and ridge temperatures 70-75 degrees. Expect to see increasing cloud cover in the afternoon and a slight chance of thunderstorms with gusty outflow winds.

Closure Information: Shady Pass Road (5900) remains closed due to heavy fire equipment traffic. The closure begins at the junction with Slide Ridge Road (8410) and continues over Shady Pass to the Entiat River Road. Slide Ridge Road and Snowberry Campground are open. The Big Hill Road is closed from Shady Pass to the Big Hill Trailhead. Domke Lake, Lucerne and Refrigerator Harbor campgrounds are closed until further notice.


QUICK FACTS - INCIDENT SUMMARY
Approximate acreages: Wolverine Fire - 34,500 acres; Blankenship - 170 acres; Goode Fire - 609 acres
Fire Containment: 20%
Resources on the Fire: Crews - 13; Engines - 19; Water Tenders -10; Bulldozers - 4; Helicopters - 8
Total Personnel: 579
Structures lost: 1 residence and 3 minor structures
Jurisdiction: USDA-Forest Service; National Park Service; Washington State DNR; Chelan County Sheriff; Chelan County Fire Districts #7 and #10

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Parks Director & City: Separation Agreement8/11/2015

 It has been a little more than a month since KOZI reported on an email that was sent to City Staff, Park Board Members, and the Library Advisory Board explaining that Effective July 9th, 2015, City of Chelan Parks and Recreation Director, Charles Seblan, was no longer employed by the City of Chelan.

In the email, City of Chelan Administrator Paul Schmidt, says he would temporarily assume the tasks of the Parks Director- but when asked by KOZI News, would not comment further on the email, or the situation.

 

Now- more than a month later, Schmidt says, that change in personnel, is finally official, by way of what Schmidt calls a separation agreement. He says that shift became final on July 28th and, as he explains, is the result of putting the right people in the right places to take the City of Chelan's Parks Department to the next level....

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 At last week's regularly scheduled Parks Board meeting, Schmidt says the focus was on moving forward. He says the board was concentrated on the final stages of the Parks Comp Plan update- and their goals for the coming years.



Bridgeport Serves As Temporary Cold Home8/11/2015

 In conversations with fish biologists, irrigation managers, snowpack experts and meteorologists, one word pops up again and again – unprecedented. The severe lack of snowfall this winter followed by an incredibly hot spring continues to wreak havoc on industries and wildlife throughout the Wenatchee Valley and all of Eastern Washington.

 

And when we’re talking water, yes irrigation supplies are dwindling fast, but the low stream flows and warm temps hit salmon especially hard. They can’t find cool, clean water for spawning. They can’t even make it into certain tributaries due to thermal barriers. Even the little fingerlings at our local Leavenworth Fish Hatchery are experiencing lethal conditions.

 

David Irving is the manager for the entire Leavenworth Fisheries Complex. Irving said all the biologists and managers at the complex sat down last month to form a plan to mitigate these extraordinary circumstances. 

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 So that helped to a certain extent, Irving said. However in mid-July water temps continued to climb into the lethal range of mid-70 degrees. As a result, 160,000 fingerlings contracted parasites, diseases or simply got really sick.

 

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 Irving said the state Fish and Wildlife Department helped expedite the fish transfer permit. The Yakama Nation brought two tanker trucks to carry fish to the Chief Joseph Hatchery near Bridgeport. Little White Salmon National Fish Hatchery loaned an additional large tanker. It took two days to ferry the fingerlings to their new, temporary home.

 

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 And it’s at this point in the conversation the word unprecedented comes out. And in this case it’s two-fold. First, Irving said these problems could not have been solved without the multi-agency coordination and support.

 

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 And second, the drought. We may have never seen anything quite like it before, but Irving said this is far from the last time.

 

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 As the hatchery does move into the future, Irving said they will continue to operate, to produce fish and adapt to the increasing affects of climate change. They’ve learned a lot over their 75 year history, but, Irving said, they will have to learn new ways to produce these fish other than the ways they’ve been doing it for the last 75 years.

 



Health Report: Eating Disorders8/11/2015
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Tuesday AM News 08-11-158/11/2015

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Flags Ordered at Half-Staff on Tuesday8/10/2015

 Governor Inslee is deeply saddened by the death of Washington State Patrol Detective Brent Hanger, 47, of Mount Vernon, and directs that Washington State and United States flags at all state agency facilities be lowered to half-staff in his memory on Tuesday, August 11, 2015. Detective Hanger died on August 6 after suffering a medical condition while on assignment.


Flags should remain at half-staff until close of business or sunset on August 11 or first thing Wednesday morning, August 12, 2015.

Please notify your staff and all of your field offices and facilities around the state.

Other government entities, citizens and businesses are encouraged to join this recognition.

Services will be held on Tuesday, August 11, 2015, at 1:00 PM at Skagit Valley College, 2405 East College Way, Mount Vernon.

Please call (360) 239-1317 if you have any questions about this flag lowering.

 



Shelter In Place: Royal Ridge Fruit Gas Leak8/10/2015

 Alert: Shelter In Place Order for Area of Road F-SW south of SR26 (Royal City)

 

Please read this entire message before reacting. The incident is under control. This message is a precaution in the interest of public safety. There is currently minimal risk to the public. Please remain calm.

Shelter In Place has been ordered for businesses and residents within one mile of Royal Ridge Fruit, 13215 Road F-Southwest, Royal City. A release of anhydrous ammonia happened this morning at the location. The ammonia has dissipated from the area; however, the Shelter In Place order is in effect in the event of another release.

Shelter In Place means:
• Bring your family and pets inside.
• Lock doors, close windows, air vents and fireplace dampers.
• Turn off fans, air conditioning and forced air heating systems.
• Take your emergency supply kit with you.
• Go into an interior room with few windows, if possible.
• If you can, seal all windows, doors and air vents with plastic sheeting and duct tape. Consider measuring and cutting the sheeting in advance to save time.
• Watch TV news, listen to the radio or check the Internet often for official news and instructions as they become available.
• Follow the Grant County Sheriff’s Office on Facebook www.facebook.com/GrantCoSheriff for updates. Keep in mind there may be periods of time where there are no updates, but rest assured we will post all updates when they happen.

People in the city limits of Royal City are not at risk.

Grant County Fire District 10 has requested the Washington State Patrol’s Hazardous Materials Team to assist.

Instructions:

Shelter In Place means: • Bring your family and pets inside. • Lock doors, close windows, air vents and fireplace dampers. • Turn off fans, air conditioning and forced air heating systems. • Take your emergency supply kit with you. • Go into an interior room with few windows, if possible. • If you can, seal all windows, doors and air vents with plastic sheeting and duct tape. Consider measuring and cutting the sheeting in advance to save time. • Watch TV news, listen to the radio or check the Internet often for official news and instructions as they become available. • Follow the Grant County Sheriff’s Office on Facebook www.facebook.com/GrantCoSheriff for updates. Keep in mind there may be periods of time where there are no updates, but rest assured we will post all updates when they happen.

 



Wolverine Fire Is 30 Miles from Chelan8/10/2015

 Wolverine Fire: Firefighters have made great progress confining the fire’s movement to the north and south. The fire continues to slowly progress to the west up Railroad Creek. With active fire controlled along Lake Chelan, the fire remains 20% contained. The fire is12 miles uplake from 25-Mile Campground and 30 miles from Chelan.

On the northern portion of the fire, helicopters dropped water in the Castle Creek drainage yesterday to assist crews with mop-up efforts after a successful burnout operation that has taken place over the past several days. Crews also continued improving fuel breaks and inserting hose lays and pumps along a 4 mile section of Stehekin River Trail, as well as structure protection assessment throughout Stehekin Valley. Cooperative weather and effective tactics prevented growth on the northern edge of the fire. All businesses and travel to and from Stehekin remain open. Today crews will continue with mop-up in Castle Creek, improving fuel breaks, and assessing structure protection in Stehekin Valley.
Helicopter operations yesterday on the southern edge of the fire were effective in using water to slow fire movement through light patchy fuels and extremely rocky terrain on the ridge between the Graham Harbor and Pyramid Creek drainages. Fire crews, bulldozers, and other heavy equipment have completed a contingency line along the Shady Pass Road (Forest Road 5900)on the north side of the 25-MileCreek drainage. Crews will continue to improve fireline and prep for additional burnout operations, if needed.
Burning operations in the Railroad Creek drainage have progressed as planned. Fire personnel, specially trained to conduct burning operations from a helicopter, have been slowly controlling the fire’s movement toward Holden Village. In conjunction with the burning operations, approximately 50 personnel have set up an extensive sprinkler system to protect structures in and around the village and soak nearby vegetation. As the fire approaches the Holden area, burn operations will be used to direct the fire around the village into steep craggy terrain with sparse fuels. Crews will continue to implement proactive fire suppression strategies to protect values at risk including the evacuation route (FS 8301). Burnout operations around Holden will continue as smoke and weather conditions allow. Mop-up and patrol will continue around Lucerne and along the lakeshore.
Expected Fire Behavior: Fire behavior is expected to be minimal on the northern and southern edges of the fire. Officials expect continued fire growth west up Railroad Creek toward Holden, which could increase visible smoke. Gusty winds associated with potential thunderstorms and minimal precipitation could increase the chance of spotting. Fuels are extremely dry for this time of year.
Blankenship Fire: Minimal fire behavior was observed on the Blankenship Fire yesterday. Fire officials continue to scout the fire, assessing the possibility of inserting resources to contain the bottom portion threatening the Pacific Crest Trail. Fire spread in other directions is limited by avalanche shoots and geologic features. The terrain is very steep and rugged and firefighter safety is our number one priority.
Goode Fire: Firefighters continued to secure handline on the southern flank of the Goode Fire yesterday. The north, east, and west sides have been tied into rocky ridgetops and a glacier. Fire behavior will be similar to yesterday with minimal growth and consumption of interior materials. Crews will continue to work the southern flank with helicopter support and begin mop-up efforts in Park Creek.
Weather: Warmer and drier conditions are expected through Wednesday with temperatures up 3-5 degrees and humidity values down around 5%, with a slight chance of afternoon thunderstorms.
Closure Information: Shady Pass Road (5900) remains closed due to heavy fire traffic. The closure begins at the junction with Slide Ridge Road (8410) and continues over Shady Pass to the Entiat River Road. Slide Ridge Road and Snowberry Campground are open. The Big Hill Road is closed from Shady Pass to the Big Hill Trailhead. Domke Lake, Lucerne and Refrigerator Harbor campgrounds are

 Air Quality Summary Report - Wolverine Fire Monday, August 10, 2015

Prepared by: Kelly Palmer
Today: Light, down valley northwesterly winds and inversions may create smoky conditions over Stehekin and upper Lake Chelan in the early morning. South-southwesterly transport winds should move smoke to the north after morning inversions lift around 9 am. Smoke and haze possible around the Methow Valley. Moderate instability and isolated showers are expected afternoon.
Today Wit c Tuesday: Partly cloudy with slightly warmer temperatures and a chance of isolated afternoon thunderstorms. Northwesterly winds and local inversions may create hazy/smoky conditions around the Lake Chelan area in the early morning with some mid-day clearing. Hazy/smoky conditions may develop in the Methow Valley area.
Wednesday and Thursday: Continued warming and drying with isolated afternoon thunder showers. Light terrain driven winds may create locally smoky conditions morning and night with some midday clearing. Thursday has the potential for critical fire weather as windy, dry conditions combined with scattered thundershowers are possible.
Site
August 10
Today
August 11
Tomorrow
August 12
Tuesday
Comments
Chelan Moderate Moderate Moderate
Hazy/smoky conditions in the morning and at night. Some mid-day clearing. Good Good Good
Manson Moderate Moderate Moderate Good Good Good
Methow Valley Area Moderate Moderate
Disclaimer: Conditions may change quickly, these predictions are based on anticipated weather and fire activity. The air quality outlook is based on data from automated instruments that have not been subjected to a quality assurance review. AQI’s estimated for sites with air monitors.
Index Levels of Health Concern
Actions Recommended by WA Department of Ecology to Reduce Smoke Exposure Good None Moderate People with asthma, respiratory infection, diabetes, lung or heart disease, or have had a stroke should limit outdoor activities or do activities that take less effort, such as walking instead of running. Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups Sensitive groups include people with heart or lung disease, asthma, diabetes, infants, children, adults older than 65, pregnant women, or who have had a stroke. These people should limit time spent outdoors. Unhealthy Everyone should limit time spent outdoors. Everyone should avoid exercising outdoors (including sports teams) and choose non-strenuous indoor activities. People with asthma, respiratory infection, diabetes, lung or heart disease, or have had a stroke should stay indoors. Infants, children, pregnant women and adults over age 65 should also stay indoors. Very Unhealthy Everyone should stay indoors, do only light activities, and keep windows closed if it is not too hot. Run air conditioners on re-circulate and close the outside air intake. Use indoor air cleaners with HEPA filters, if available. If you must be outdoors, wear an N-95 respirator mask. People with chronic diseases should check with their health care provider before wearing a mask. Check with your local health department for health information. People with asthma, lung and heart disease, or have had a stroke should check with their health care provider for advice about leaving the area. Anyone with shortness of breath, wheezing, chest pain, heart palpitations, extreme fatigue, or difficulty moving or speaking should call their health care provider or call 911. Hazardous Everyone should stay indoors, do only light activities, and keep windows closed if it is not too hot. Run air conditioners on re-circulate and close the outside air intake. Use indoor air cleaners with HEPA filters, if available. If you must be outdoors, wear an N-95 respirator mask. People with chronic diseases should check with their health care provider before wearing a mask. Check with your local health department for health information. People with asthma, lung and heart disease, or have had a stroke should check with their health care provider for advice about leaving the area. Anyone with shortness of breath, wheezing, chest pain, heart palpitations, extreme fatigue, or


Health Report: Grief Before Death8/10/2015
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City of Chelan Begins Budget Process8/10/2015

 The Chelan City Council will meet this Thursday for their regularly scheduled city council meeting.

 

On the agenda includes the Budget Calendar- marking the start of the 2016 budget process.

 

City Administrator, Paul Schmidt, says the process actually began earlier this year, when the council prioritized the city's capital improvement projects...

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 The Chelan City Council meets this Thursday, August 13th at 6pm in Council Chambers at Chelan City Hall right here on Johnson Ave.

 

And, join us on Friday, August 14th, at 8:10 AM when city officials will be in studio to recap that meeting.



McNeil Canyon Runaway Truck Ramp8/10/2015

 Last week's runaway truck accident, that involved a semitrailer carrying more than 100 gallons of fertilizer, shut down McNeil Canyon Road, in Douglas County, for about 2 hours. It's the fourth semi accident along the same stretch of roadway, in as many years.

 

Douglas County Engineer, Doug Bramlette, says the county already has a plan in place to instal a truck escape ramp, allowing trucks that lose their brakes, an opportunity to stop- and he adds, the fuding is already secured...

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 Bramlette says the project still has some hurdles to cross, but expects to be in full swing by next fall...

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In last Monday's accident, the driver escaped with only minor injuries. 



CFNCW Hands Out $126,262 In Grants8/10/2015

The Community Foundation of North Central Washington has awarded $126,262 in grants to 30 nonprofits through a Regional Impact Grant program in Chelan, Douglas and Okanogan Counties.

 

Director of Community Philanthropy, Denise Sorem, says they received an amazing slate of grant applicants this time around- adding that each nonprofit agency was eligible for up to $5,000...

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 Sorem says the whole notion of sprinkling across a wide swath is changing for the next grant cycle...

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 Some of the recent Regional Impact Grant funding list includes Icicle Creek Center for the Arts, Okanogan Valley Orchestra and Chorus, Write on the River, HawkWatch International, Chelan-Douglas Land Trust, Northwest Youth Corp, Boys and Girls Club of Brewster, Cashmere United Methodist Church, Douglas County Fire District 5, Honorable Welcome Home, Lake Chelan Community Hospital Foundation, Pateros Brewster Community Resource Center, and many more.

 

For a complete funding list, including project details, visit the KOZI website at kozi.com

 Community Foundation of NCW Awards $126,262 in Regional Impact Grants

Grant Program Changes to Increase Awards through Give NCW Crowdfunding

The Community Foundation of NCW has awarded $126,262 in grants to 30 nonprofits in North Central Washington. Through the Regional Impact Grant (RIG) program, nonprofit agencies in Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan counties are eligible for up to $5,000 to support their program needs or special projects.

This will be the last cycle of the traditional RIG program as it is changing. The new program no longer has a funding cap in response to the nonprofit community’s request to help make a bigger impact in the areas they serve. Applications for the current RIG are now open and are due September 1st

The foundation will also launch a crowd-funding campaign, Give NCW, that will complement the Regional Impact Program and invite the public to help support their grant request.

“We are very excited about the changes to the Regional Impact Grant program” said Denise Sorom, Director of Community Philanthropy for the foundation. “For years our grantees have been asking us if we can make more of an impact with our grant offerings. By publishing our grants to an online giving platform and inviting public to give to projects they care about, we are able to leverage our dollars and help build awareness and support in the process.”

The following is a list of the recent RIG recipients and their awarded programs/projects:

Arts & Humanities

  • Icicle Creek Center for the Arts – $5,000 to support a new film-making education program, which is being added to the existing lineup of summer programs for youth and year-round adult education programs.

  • Okanogan Valley Orchestra and Chorus – $4,400 to support OVOC’s 2016 February Family Concert.

  • Wenatchee Maker Faire – $5,000 toward the hosting of the Wenatchee Mini Maker Faire. A Maker Faire is an event where tinkerers, inventors, techies, enthusiasts, and other creative minds are given the opportunity to show off their own innovations and creations to the community.

  • Write on the River – $5,000 to support the quarter-time Executive Director salary while the organization works to diversify its funding base and grow its membership.

Education

  • Page Ahead Children’s Literacy Program – $5,000 toward the Book Up Summer Program. The program gives students from low-income families the resources and incentive they need to keep up their reading over the summer in an effort to avoid summer reading setback.

Environmental & Animal Protection

  • Chelan-Douglas Land Trust – $5,000 to support the new “Kids & Nature Connections” program, a series of community-based events designed to get kids outside to explore and learn about nature, encourage a love of learning, and build a culture of conservation in future generations.

  • Columbia Breaks Fire Interpretive Center – $3,750 toward the creation of an ultra high-definition disk that summarizes John Marshall’s photography of the effects of wildfire on forest ecology. The disk will be distributed to the educational community and further enhance the educational mission of Columbia Breaks.

  • HawkWatch International – $2,500 to support the Chelan Ridge Raptor Migration Festival and Education Program, which provides community members with the opportunity to visit an active hawk watch site to view wildlife and education programs designed to each about raptor identification, migration ecology, and local flora and fauna.

  • Northwest Youth Corps – $3,500 to ensure the safety of corps members and crew leaders in the field throughout the summer by providing epi-pens and a freezer to store food to sustain the crew on arduous projects.

Health & Human Services

  • Alatheia Riding Center – $5,000 toward the Financial Aid Fund to assist riders in meeting the cost of fees for therapeutic riding at the Alatheia Riding Center.

  • Boys & Girls Club of Brewster – $5,000 to provide enrichment programs that align with the three organizational outcomes: Academic Success; Good Character & Citizenship; and Healthy Lifestyles. The programs run through after-school and out-of-school programs during the school year and through summer camps.

  • Cascade Medical Foundation – $5,000 toward the purchase of a new ambulance, allowing Cascade Medical to more efficiently serve the surrounding community.

  • Cashmere United Methodist Church – $3,000 to support air conditioner installation for the free community meal program every Thursday night.

  • Douglas County Fire District #5 – $5,000 to provide all of the district’s Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) with Basic Life Support (BLS) trauma bags for their personal vehicles. The aid bags will contain all the necessary equipment an EMT needs to provide aid to a patient prior to an ambulance arriving to the scene.

  • Honorable Welcome Home – $2,500 to support a four day retreat for Veterans and their spouses to connect with other vets.

  • Lake Chelan Community Hospital Foundation – $4,401 toward the purchase of equipment and materials for use in the pediatric occupational therapy program, which serves an increasing number of young patients with developmental delays, physical disabilities, and emotional or behavioral problems.

  • Lighthouse Christian Ministries – $5,000 toward the Lighthouse Soup Kitchen’s fixed operating expenses to help meet current demand for services.

  • Mountain Meadows Senior Living – $5,000 toward construction of a perimeter wall around their new outdoor patio. The wall will ensure both safety and privacy for residents.

  • Small Miracles – $5,000 to support their Summer Food Program, which feeds a nutritious lunch throughout the week to children who are on free or reduced lunch during the school year.

  • St. Vincent de Paul Society – $4,580 to support the operation of a weekly food bank that serves hundreds of individuals and families every week.

  • Upper Valley MEND – $5,000 to support Community Harvest, a new project for MEND, which uniquely addresses hunger and nutrition by establishing partnerships to facilitate the donation of fresh produce to food banks through a modern adaptation of the age-old practice of gleaning, or collecting leftover crops from agricultural fields.

  • Wenatchee Bretheren Baptist Homes – $2,000 to purchase new tableware and food service delivery cart for Garden Terrace.

  • Wenatchee Family Counseling Services – $1,000 to support counselor attendance at the national conference of the American Association for Christian Counselors, which will provide guidance on best practices and current needs in the field of counseling services.

  • Wenatchee Valley YMCA – $4,531 to purchase four mobile, convertible bench cafeteria tables and six lightweight folding tables to help meet healthy eating and risk management standards for increasing participation in the YMCA After School Program.

Public & Social Benefit

  • 9/11 Spirit of America Memorial – $5,000 to purchase stainless steel for fabrication of the curving trellises that will be located above the four concrete sitting benches of the site. The memorial will be dedicated in Cashmere, WA on September 11th, 2015.

  • Chelan County Historical Society – $5,000 toward replacement of the roof of the Cashmere Museum.

  • Malaga Community Council – $2,500 toward the development of a community park along the Malaga Alcoa Highway. The park’s 3.65 acre site will include a soccer and baseball field, parking lot, picnic area, and playground.

  • Pateros Brewster Community Resource Center – $5,000 to form a community-based resource organization that can provide a location and sustainable infrastructure for other agencies to offer services to the Pateros and Brewster communities.

  • Wenatchee Downtown Association – $5,000 toward the replacement of the city street lights in downtown Wenatchee with energy efficient LED lights that will provide better illumination.



Happy Birthday to Social Security8/10/2015

 This week is the birthday of Social Security...

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Wolverine Fire: 28,725 - 20% Contained8/10/2015
Wolverine Fire: Firefighters continue to hold the fire at the southern and northern edges. Firefightingefforts continue to secure protection for Holden and Stehekin, two communities in close proximity to the fire. The fire remains 20% contained, with the active fire controlled along a portion of Lake Chelan, and crews working to expand containment on the northern and southern ends of the fire.
On the north end, the fire remains at around a mile and a half across the lake from Stehekin. Firefighters are successfully holding the fire to the north at Castle Creek. Firefighters are continuing to secure a four-mile contingency fuel break and move in hose lay along the Stehekin River Trail from Weaver Point to the airstrip. This break is a contingency intended to prevent the fire from spreading into Stehekin from the west should the fire move past the break created at Castle Creek drainage. All businesses and travel to and from Stehekin remain open.
The southern edge of the fire remains at the Graham Harbor and Pyramid Creek ridge. There has been little movement of the fire at the south end, largely due to natural geological features and limited or patchy fuels. Efforts to prevent the fire from spreading farther south are ongoing. The fire is currently 12 miles uplake from 25-Mile Campground and 30 miles from Chelan. Fire crews, bulldozers, and other heavy equipment are nearing completion of a contingency line along Shady Pass Road (Forest Road 5900) west of 25-Mile Campground.
The fire is currently about two miles from Holden and fire managers expect continued expansion of the fire up the Railroad Creek drainage towards the village. Firefighters observed significant spotting in the drainage yesterday, with additional spotting expected today. Steep slopes with some heavy fuels, combined with a high risk of spotting, make holding the fire in the drainage unlikely. In response, firefighters continue to offensively fight the fire in the Railroad Creek area with strategic firing operations to control fire spread up the drainage. Crews are also planning proactively for a controlled low-intensity burn around the village that protects homes and other infrastructure. As visibility allows, helicopters will continue dropping aerial ignition devices to burn out fuels. Expect to see smoke from the Holden area due to ongoing firing operations.
Expected Fire Behavior: Reversal to northwesterly winds will increase potential spotting threat at the south end of the fire between Graham Depot and Pyramid Creek.
The fire will continue to steadily move to the west in Railroad Creek towards Holden. Fire spread will increase as the smoke clears due to increasing temperatures and lower humidity. Intense flare-ups in heavy concentrations of fuels will increase spotting. Spotting distances up to one half mile are possible in this area. Spotting is also the main contributor to fire spread distance and direction.
Northwest winds in Castle Creek at the northern end will be favorable for holding and mop-up.
Blankenship Fire: Fire management personnel monitored Blankenship by air yesterday and are evaluating how to proceed. They will continue to look for opportunities to contain the portion of the fire threatening the Pacific Crest Trail in order to facilitate its reopening in that area. The fire has shown minimal growth due to high rocky ridges and surrounding avalanche chutes serving as good natural barriers.
Goode Fire: Firefighters are using direct and indirect tactics with burnout operations to confine the fire at the southern end and prevent movement down the drainage. Fire lines on the north, east, and west sides have been tied into rocky ridgetops and a glacier. Not much change in fire behavior is expected today, however, northwest winds will increase the potential for the fire to move down Parks Creek. Firefighters will monitor for spot fires if flair-ups occur.
Weather: An upper level trough setting up along the coast will bring mid-level moisture up along the Cascade Mountains from the south and the threat for isolated showers and thunderstorm to the area each afternoon and evening through midweek. Onshore flow into western Washington will keep the general winds northwesterly. Temperatures and relative humidities will moderate somewhat Sunday and Monday before a warming and drying trend starts up Tuesday and Wednesday.
Closure Information: Shady Pass Road (5900) remains closed due to heavy fire equipment traffic. The closure begins at the junction with Slide Ridge Road (8410) and continues over Shady Pass to the Entiat River Road. Slide Ridge Road and Snowberry Campground are open. The Big Hill Road is closed from Shady Pass to the Big Hill Trailhead. Domke Lake, Lucerne and Refrigerator Harbor campgrounds are closed until further notice.
Quick Facts
Incident Summary
Approximate Acreages*
Wolverine Fire: 28,725 ac.
Blankenship Fire: 111 ac.
Goode Fire:: 605 ac.
Fire Containment:
20%
Incident Commander:
Chris Schulte, Pacific Northwest National Incident Management Team 2
Resources on the Fires:
Crews: 14
Engines: 19
Water Tenders: 10
Bulldozers: 4
Helicopters: 8
Total
Personnel:
594
Structures Lost: 4
1 Residence
3 other structures
Jurisdiction:
Chelan Co. Fire Districts #7 and #10
Chelan Co Sheriff
Washington State DNR
USDA-Forest Service
National Park Service
Evacuations
Level 3 evacuations remain in effect for Holden Village, Lucerne, Domke Lake, Riddle, and Lightning Creek.
*All acreages are approximate and will vary throughout the day as new information becomes available
SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4354/
Twitter: @WolverineFire
Facebook: Wolverine Fire
Highway Information: Twitter: @wsdot http://www.wsdot.com/traffic/trafficalerts/
Smoke Information: http://wasmoke.blogspot.com/
For further information, visit Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest: http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/okawen/alerts-notices


Blues Concert To Benefit Carlton Complex8/10/2015

 Blues For the Burn 2015: Too Slim and the Taildraggers to play

benefit concert for Carlton Complex Recovery

Saturday, September 12, 6:00 – 11:00 p.m. at The Virginian Resort

Pateros, WA— Come out to the big tent on the riverbank for “Blues for the Burn 2015,” as national recording artist Too Slim and the Taildraggers play a benefit concert for the Carlton Complex Long Term Recovery Group on Saturday, September 12, at The Virginian Resort in Winthrop. Aaron Studen’s crew from Methow Brewery and the Twisp River Pub will be pouring beer and grilling grub. Musician songwriter Terry Lee Hardesty, who has performed with Merle Haggard and Johnny Paycheck, will open both sets. The gates open at 6:00 p.m.; the music starts at 7:00 and lasts until 11:00.

“Too Slim is one of the Methow’s favorite artists and we’re delighted to present him on behalf of Carlton Complex recovery,” says Jimmy Smith, manager of The Virginian Resort and co-founder of the Winthrop Blues Festival.

“Too Slim,” otherwise known as Tim Langford, is respected among blues aficionados as a master of the slide guitar, “a spectacular songwriter,” and “a supremely talented performer and composer who ranks with the best that blues/rock has to offer,” according to blues critic Graham Clarke. A frequent headliner at the Winthrop Rhythm and Blues Festival, Too Slim and his band are famous for getting the sunburnt crowds up on their feet and dancing. With 18 albums to his credit, Too Slim can be counted upon to deliver a high-energy performance.

Tickets are by donation: $15 is suggested; food and beverages are extra. The event will proceed “rain or shine” under the big tent on the river.

The Carlton Complex Long Term Recovery Group is the grassroots organization working to provide coordination and recovery services to those individuals, families, businesses and communities that were adversely impacted by the 2014 wildfires and mudslides across Okanogan County. To learn more, or to contribute, visit www.CarltonComplexRecovery.com. All donations are fully tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law through the fiscal sponsorship of the Community Foundation of North Central Washington.

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EDITOR’s NOTE: A photograph of Tim Langford, aka Too Slim, is attached. Photo credit Dean Davis.

 

BACKGROUND: In July 2014, the largest wildfire in Washington’s history roared through Okanogan County in the north central part of the state, consuming hundreds of homes, barns, and outbuildings in a place where agriculture is the backbone of the economy, supported by tourism and recreation. The wildfires also destroyed forests, habitat, hundreds of miles of fencing, and hundreds of head of livestock. In all, over 400 square miles – an area four times the size of Seattle – burned for weeks, blackening a region that produces apples, cherries, timber, beef, wines, and other goods that all of Washington—and the world—enjoys.

 

Of the hundreds of homes that burned, almost half were uninsured—a common occurrence in remote rural locations, where insurance is often unavailable, or prohibitively expensive. Many homes were beyond fire district boundaries; still others were uninsurable because they were built before modern building codes.

 

In addition to losing their homes, many survivors also lost tools, farm equipment, orchards, pastures, vehicles, and personal possessions. In a matter of hours, lifetimes of work were reduced to rubble. Following the fire, a heavy rain created massive mudslides that demolished still more homes and cut off access to small businesses along the highway. The mudslides also destroyed roads, irrigation systems, electric infrastructure, and other property.

 

Nevertheless, and despite a lack of individual aid from FEMA, the people of Okanogan County—assisted by a remarkable network of faith-based and other community-minded NGOs—are rebuilding their communities, while simultaneously working to be better prepared for future disasters.

 

Led by a grassroots organization, the Carlton Complex Long Term Recovery Group (CCLTRG), operating under the fiscal sponsorship of the Community Foundation of North Central Washington, the communities created a county-wide network of Disaster Case Managers to assess individual needs and help survivors create individual plans for recovery. An Unmet Needs Committee began meeting weekly to review and approve requests for financial and other types of assistance, funneling donations to those without other means of replacing everything from dentures and hearing aids to home furnishings and tools. When spring arrived, so did crews of volunteers from churches, colleges, and AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps to help cut and clear burned trees, remove “ash and trash,” replace burned fencing, and plant hundreds of trees. In May, work got under way to rebuild the first 11 homes in the long-term recovery effort.



Airway Heights Fire at 270 Acres8/10/2015

 State fire assistance has been mobilized under the Washington State Fire Services Resource Mobilization Plan in support of local firefighters working to contain the Coulee Hite Fire located 6 miles west of Spokane, near the city of Airway Heights, in Spokane County.  Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste authorized the mobilization of state firefighting resources on August 8, 2015 at 19:30 pm at the request of Spokane County Fire District 10.

 

The fire started at approximately 16:30 pm on August 8, 2015.  The cause of the fire is under investigation.  The fire has grown to an estimated 270 acres and with 80 structures threatened and no evacuations in place.

 

Mobilization specialists from the Fire Protection Bureau have ordered 5 Type 6 Strike Teams to supplement the resources already fighting the fire. The public information officer on scene is Guy Gifford at (509) 596-3926.

 

The State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at Camp Murray has been activated to Phase II  to coordinate state assistance for the Coulee Hite 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:  www.wsp.wa.gov/fire/mobilization.htm.

 



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