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+ News for the week of August 31, 2014

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Red Cross Available9/1/2014

 

The Apple Valley & North Cascades Chapters of the American Red Cross still have caseworkers on duty and ready to assist anyone who has been affected by recent disasters. Over the past few weeks, Red Cross caseworkers have been working with those who have lost their homes to the Carleton Complex Fire. More recently, Red Cross caseworkers have directly assisted those who were affected by the mudslides and floods that occurred in the Methow Valley around August 21st-22nd. There may still be people unaware of available resources after such disasters. Red Cross caseworkers can help identify what resources might be available to them and can help make referrals to other resources or organizations leading the recovery efforts in the area. The Red Cross is closely coordinating with partners that are working to support both short and long-term recovery.

 

If anyone has been affected by the disasters but has not yet talked to a Red Cross caseworker, they are encouraged to make contact. Those who have questions about their current case, or have experienced changes to their situation, should also contact the Red Cross to speak with a caseworker as soon as possible.

 

Caseworkers direct line: 571-205-3464

Red Cross Apple Valley & North Cascades Chapters: 509-663-3907

 

For any further media inquiries, please contact Nicolle LaFleur, Executive Director of the Apple Valley & North Cascades Chapters of the American Red Cross.

 

12 Orondo Avenue Wenatchee, WA 98801

(509) 663-3907 x102 (p) ¦ (509) 670-4038 (c) nicolle.lafleur@redross.org



+ News for the week of August 24, 2014

Body Found in Manson 8/29/2014

 Sheriff Brian Burnett reports on August 27, 2014 Chelan County Sheriff’s Detectives recovered the remains of an unidentified male in a remote part of Manson, Washington. Detectives responded to the scene to recover the body and collect any information leading to the cause of death for the unidentified male. Due to the condition of the body Detectives are not currently able to determine the time of death, the male’s age or his race.

Detectives are currently working to identify male, the time of death, and why the male was in the remote location.



Chelan Man Charged with Rape8/29/2014

At his arraignment yesterday, 43 year old Chelan resident Jimmie D. Allen, pled not guilty on charges of first degree incest and second degree rape. Charges were officially filed August 20th by the Chelan County Prosecutor's Office after being accused of incest and rape of an adult female relative while the woman was “incapable of consent by reason of being physically helpless or mentally incapacitated.” The prosecuting attorney on the case is Jim Hershey, who was unable to comment on the case due to the sensitive nature. Allen retained Defense Attorney Brandon Raydoll to defend him. Allen has not posted bail, and is being held in custody at this time until his court date of November 18th. If convicted, he will face ten years in prison and/or a $20,000 fine. 



Duncan Fire Update After Yesterday's Burnout8/29/2014

 Following is a brief update on conditions currently occurring in the Duncan Fire burning on the Entiat Ranger District in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest:  

·       The 400-acre burnout to secure the line along the Entiat River Road and Shady Pass area went well on Thursday.  There was residual heat in the area north of Shady Pass that was causing the fire to become more active again.  Weather conditions were right to do the burnout on Thursday; it was the right time to take this suppression action at that location so the fire wouldn’t have a chance to build up steam and possibly spread outside the containment area.

·       Although there was a lot of smoke coming from the burnout on Thursday afternoon, and some smoke had settled in valleys overnight, most of the remaining smoke should dissipate throughout the day Friday.  There is still cleanup work being done, so some smoke or haze can be expected in the burnout area for several days.

·       Now that the burnout has occurred, crews will continue mopping up and improving existing fire lines.  There is a fire line around 50 percent of the fire.  The north and west flanks are in areas that are inaccessible and too dangerous to insert firefighters.  Existing old burn scars from the 2012 Pyramid Fire are being used to help hold the fire in check on the north flank. 

·       Over four miles of sprinklers are in place along the west flank from Cottonwood Campground towards the wilderness area.  Sprinklers were put in place to wet down the area and keep the fire from crossing over to the south side of the Entiat Valley.  These sprinklers will remain until all threats have been removed. The fire is not in the wilderness area.  Extensive improvements were done on the Entiat River Trail and in the shaded fuel break to slow the spread of the fire. 

·       The burnout will also help to expedite opening that area up to public use sooner.

·       The Type 3 Team managing the fire has been demobilized; about 150 personnel are still on site and will finish out today’s shift.  The fire camp at the Entiat Fish Hatchery will be closed on Saturday.  Future suppression actions on the fire will be managed by Entiat Ranger District fire personnel.

·       The Duncan Fire is 12,695 acres.



Health Report: Labor Day Safety8/29/2014

No matter your plans for the Labor Day weekend, it's important to be safe! Click below to hear Maranda's Health Report for some safety tips.

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Methow Valley School Board Meeting8/29/2014

The Methow Valley School District held their school board meeting Wednesday, at the District Office located on Twin Lakes Road in Winthrop. Tom Venable, Superintendent for Methow Schools, said the agenda was pretty full with plenty to get ready, for the start of a new school year.

Also discussed at the meeting, was the waiving of several school fees for the upcoming school year. According to a letter that was sent out in a school newsletter from Venable, the reason was to, “support of our families, and as a part of our effort to provide all students with a free and appropriate education.”

The first official day of school for Methow School District is this Tuesday, September 2nd. The school board meetings are held every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month. 

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Pateros School Board Meeting8/29/2014

Another school board meeting that happened this week took place at Pateros School Courtyard Monday evening. Superintendent, Lois Davies was happy to announce at the meeting that the first day of school for Pateros students was finally concrete and agreed upon.

Another item on the agenda, titled “State Wide School and Organization Support of Pateros School District” was actually a topic that reflected on all the numerous area organizations and schools that reached out Pateros to provide relief and assistance.

Other items on the agenda were the approval of fall coaching staff, which included Marcus Stennes as Head Coach for Pateros Football, and Gene Dowers as Head Coach for Volleyball. Brewster High School is offering their gym space to Pateros sports until the gym is completed. Davies hopes that it will be sometime in late October. Pateros School Board meetings are held the last Monday of every month. 

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Health Report: Medical Marijuana vs. Prescription Painkillers 8/28/2014

There has been a recent study that has found the use of medical marijuana has reduced painkiller overdoses significantly. Want to learn more? Click the link below to hear the complete health report.

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AAA Travel Projections8/28/2014

Want to know how your Labor Day traveling will be? Jennifer Cook, spokesperson for AAA of Washington state, has the travel information you need, whether you're flying or driving. 

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Wolfpack in Stevens County8/28/2014

 Personnel from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife continued their effort to find and remove wolves from a pack that has killed at least 22 sheep from a flock grazing in southern Stevens County. Regional Director of the Eastern Region Department, Steve Pozzanghera, says one of the operations to reduce the numbers, that involved a marksman in a helicopter, concluded this week

 

Since Aug. 14, The Department has confirmed that wolves from the Huckleberry Pack have killed 22 sheep and injured three more in six separate incidents, despite an array of nonlethal preventive measures employed by the department and the livestock owner, Dave Dashiell of Hunters, about 50 miles northwest of Spokane. Pozzanghera stresses that the use of lethal force is only to reduce the pack, not eliminate it.

 

In 2011, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service removed gray wolves from the federal list of endangered species in the eastern third of the state, but the species is still protected under Washington state law. The state Wolf Conservation and Management Plan and state laws set the parameters for responding to wolf predation on livestock.The Huckleberry Pack is one of 13 confirmed packs in Washington state. It was confirmed as the state's seventh pack in June 2012. There is no documented evidence that the pack, named after nearby Huckleberry Mountain, has preyed on livestock until now.

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Wednesday Morning News 8/278/27/2014

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Pushing FEMA to Reconsider8/21/2014

 

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


 

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

 

The full text of the letter follows: 

The Honorable W. Craig Fugate

Administrator

Federal Emergency Management Agency

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

500 C Street Southwest

Washington, DC  20472

 

Dear Administrator Fugate:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sincerely, United States Senator PattyMurray

United States Senator Maria Cantwell

Member of Congress Doc Hastings

Member of Congress Dave Reichert


 

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

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

 



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

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FEMA Appeal Worksheet8/18/2014

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+ News for the week of August 10, 2014

Fill The Bus Event8/14/2014

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



Okanogan County Sheriff's Vehicles8/13/2014

 AM News Wednesday 081314 Okanogan Vehicles

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

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Chiwaukum Complex Update 8/138/13/2014

Chiwaukum Complex

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

All major roads including Highway 2 and Highway 97 are open.  Businesses in surrounding communities remain open and ready for business.

 

Evacuations/Closure Information:  Chelan County Emergency Services posts updated evacuations and closures at facebook.com/pages/Chelan-County-Emergency-Management/188543097925415 or follow them on twitter @ChelanCountyEM.

 

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/okawen/alerts-notices Smoke Informationhttp://wasmoke.blogspot.com/

 

 

Quick Facts

Incident Summary

Approximate Acreages based on overnight infra- red flight;

Chiwaukum  Creek:

13,895 ac

Duncan:  10,406 ac

Hansel Creek:  970 ac

Shoofly:  160 ac

Alpine: 19 ac

Fire
Containment:

Chiwaukum Creek:  40%

Duncan:  15%

Hansel Creek:  15%

Shoofly: 0%

Alpine: 0%

Mills Canyon: 100%

Kelly Mountain: 100%

Incident Commander:

Chris Schulte, Pacific Northwest National Incident Management Team 2

Resources
on the
Fires:

Crews: 16

Helicopters: 7

Engines: 65

Dozers: 12

Water Tenders: 14

Total

Personnel:

856

Structures Lost: 4

1 outbuilding and

3 seasonal cabins

Jurisdiction:

USDA- Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest

USDI-Bureau of Land Management

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

Washington State DNR

Cooperators:

WA National Guard

WA Dept. of Transportation

Chelan Co. Sheriff’s Department

 

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS

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

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

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

Twitter:  @ChiwaukumFire

Facebook: Chiwaukum Creek WAFire

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

E-mail:  chiwaukumcomplex@gmail.com

 

 

 



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

 

Fire Update

Upper Falls-Little Bridge Creek-

Carlton Complex

Twisp, WA

Fire Information: 509-997-0880

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

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

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

 

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

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

inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/9060

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

inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3967

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

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

 

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

 

Email Address: upperfallslittlebridgefire@gmail.com

Facebook: Great Basin National Incident Management Team 1

Wildfire blog: upperfallslittlebridgefire.blogspot.com

 

 



Community Meeting: Methow Valley8/12/2014

 

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

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


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

 

Chiwaukum Complex

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

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Evacuations/Closure Information:  Chelan County Emergency Services posts updated evacuations and closures at facebook.com/pages/Chelan-County-Emergency-Management/188543097925415 or follow them on twitter @ChelanCountyEM.

 

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/okawen/alerts-notices Smoke Informationhttp://wasmoke.blogspot.com/

 

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Quick Facts

Incident Summary

Approximate Acreages based on overnight infra- red flight;

Chiwaukum  Creek:

13,895 ac

Duncan:  10,406 ac

Hansel Creek:  970 ac

Shoofly:  160 ac

Alpine: 18 ac

Fire
Containment:

Chiwaukum Creek:  40%

Duncan:  15%

Hansel Creek:  15%

Shoofly: 0%

Alpine: 0%

Mills Canyon 100%

Kelly Mountain: 100%

Incident Commander:

Chris Schulte, Pacific Northwest National Incident Management Team 2

Resources
on the
Fires:

Crews: 15

Helicopters: 8

Engines: 76

Dozers: 12

Water Tenders: 14

Total

Personnel:

856

Structures Lost: 4

1 outbuilding and

3 seasonal cabins

Jurisdiction:

USDA- Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest

USDI-Bureau of Land Management

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

Washington State DNR

Cooperators:

WA National Guard

WA Dept of Transportation

Chelan Co. Sheriff’s Department

 

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS

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

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

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

Twitter:  @ChiwaukumFire

Facebook: Chiwaukum Creek WAFire

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

E-mail:  chiwaukumcompl



Air Quality Advisory-August 12th8/12/2014

 Air Quality Advisory Tuesday 9:00 am

 

Smoke levels will vary throughout the day in some communities…

 

Chelan, Leavenworth and Entiat “Unhealthy”

Wenatchee “Unhealthy for Sensitive Populations”


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


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



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




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

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

Forest Service:

http://inciweb.nwcg.gov

Chelan Douglas Public Health www.cdhd.wa.gov



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

Upper Falls Fire Update

August 11, 2014 8:00 a.m.

Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team- Pete Blume, Incident Commander

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

Email: upperfallsfire@gmail.com

Yesterday

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

Today

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

Evacuations (including all evacuations in the Methow Valley area)

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

There are no level 2 or 3 evacuations in effect.

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

Fire Statistics

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

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

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

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

Closures

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

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

Other places to get information

Twitter: #UpperFallsFire

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

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

 

 

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Carlton Complex Fire Update 8/118/11/2014

 Carlton Complex Update

 

August 11, 2014 8:00 a.m.

Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team- Pete Blume, Incident Commander

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

Email: carltoncomplexfire@gmail.com

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

Yesterday:

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

Today:

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

Evacuations (including all evacuations in the Methow Valley area)

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

No areas are in Level 2 or 3.

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

Fire Statistics Start Date: 07/14/2014

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

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

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

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

37 engines, 4 Dozers, 27 water tenders

Closures

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

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

Other places to get information

Blog: carltoncomplex.blogspot.com Twitter: #carltoncomplex

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

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

 



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