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Complex Fire Update Including Near Chelan 9/13/2012
The high pressure weather system sitting on top of the Wenatchee Valley
will bring inversions in the morning and cause winds to be terrain driven.
This weather pattern is expected to continue for the next 10 days, bringing
unstable conditions to the fire area. With the inversions, smoke from the
numerous fires will not likely be able to lift to the 5,000 elevation level
where it could mix and disperse.
Quick Facts
Incident Summary
North and West of
the City of
Containment: 8%
Start Date: 09/09/2012
Cause: Lightning
Commander: Jeff Pendleton
on the
30 Crews
140 Engines
7 helicopters
3 airplanes
Personnel: 903
Jurisdiction: USFS, WA DNR,
Containment 8%
Canyon Fire, directly west of Wenatchee, is burning in shrub and grass and is approximately 7,900 acres.
Structure protection is in place for residences directly affected by this fire. Crews are working today to construct
a fire line between #1 and #2 Canyons to direct the fire away from residences and into the high country. The
Chelan County Sheriff’s department is assessing the need for evacuations and is re-assessing on a regular
basis for public safety. 
Byrd Canyon Fire, just north of Entiat Washington, is burning in grass and shrub. It is approximately 9,300
acres. The fire was staffed overnight and a successful burnout operation was 80% complete at shift change this
morning. The remaining percent will be completed today as condition allow. This fire is considered 35%
contained Evacuations and road closures are in place, please refer to for
locations and levels of evacuations.
The Pevine Canyon Fire, southwest of Wenatchee in upper Mission Creek/Devils Gulch, is burning in shrub
and pine and is approximately 1,000 acres. Rappelers conducted a burnout operation last night to reinforce a
handline on Pitcher Ridge. Evacuations and road closures are also in place for areas around these fires; please
refer to for locations and levels of evacuations.
The Poison Canyon Fire, due south of Cashmere, is burning in shrub and pine. It is approximately 7,300
acres. Today crews will work to keep the fire out of Boise Creek on the west and Tripp Creek to the north of the
current fire perimeter. Structure protection remains is in place. For evacuations and road closures refer to
The First Creek Fire, 10 miles west of Lake Chelan is approximately 140 acres. It is burning in very difficult,
remote and steep terrain. Crews have a 1 ½ hour hike to the fire and will continue to construct fireline as they
arrive. A retardant drop yesterday was placed to help slow the fire’s growth.
The Pyramid Fire, due north of Entiat is approximately 100 acres. This fire is burning in timber that was
impacted severely by disease and insects. This fire is currently not staffed and is being monitored.
Crews detected five hold-over fires and took action to suppress them. Initial attack crews will continue working
to locate, size them up and take appropriate actions. The management team also has equipment in staging as
The Incident Management Team would like to express appreciation to the community for your support and help
in our efforts to fight these fires. It is vital that the community cooperates with evacuations, road closures, and
avoiding areas of high traffic for fire suppression.

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