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Chiwaukum Complex

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INCIDENT UPDATED 8/29/2014

Approximate Location

47.708 latitude, -120.823 longitude

Incident Overview

Chiwaukum Closure Area Map 8-28-14

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The Chiwaukum Complex includes the Chiwaukum, Shoofly, Mills Canyon, Kelly Mountain, and Alpine Fires.

The Pacific Northwest Incident Management Team is also managing the Duncan Fire (north of Wenatchee) and the Hansel Creek Fire (south of Leavenworth).


Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning
Date of OriginTuesday July 15th, 2014 approx. 07:00 AM
LocationLake Wenatchee and Leavenworth, WA
Incident CommanderPNW Team 2
Incident DescriptionWildland Fires

Current Situation

Total Personnel275
Size14,201 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained70%
Fuels Involved

Timber (Litter and Understory)

Ponderosa pine, grand fir, silver fir, mountain hemlock, sub-alpine fir. Across the 3 fire areas, several fuel models are represented, including 10, 9, 8, 11, 12, 13, and 5. Slash fuel models occur along the north flank of the Chiwaukum Creek fire.

Significant Events

Gradual cooling continues, slight chance of afternoon thunderstorms and showers over night. Limited fire activity with isolated interior creeping and smoldering on all fires today with no perimeter movement.

Outlook

Planned Actions

Provide resources ready to initiate initial attack on new starts from lightning. Continue patrol and monitoring operations. Continue identifying and cataloging rehab needs. Transition to the Type 3 Team occurred at 0600.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours: Slight chance of afternoon thunderstorms and overnight precipitation. Limited fire activity with isolated interior creeping and smoldering on all fires with no movement or fire spread.

24 hours: 50% chance of precipitation with a Flash Flood Watch in affect through tomorrow evening. Remaining hot spots are interior with creeping and smoldering. No fire spread expected.

Remarks

Complex breakdown by fire: Alpine, 19 acres, 100% contained. Chiwaukum Creek, 13,895 acres, 70% contained. Kelly Mountain, 124 acres, 100% contained. Shoofly, 163 acres, 0% contained at a cost of $513,000.

PNW Team 2 is also managing the Hansel Creek and Duncan Fires.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Yesterday highs were in the mid 70s with humiditys down to 28%. West southwest winds were 10 gusty to 20 mph. Today will see highs in the mid 70s with humidity down to 35%. Winds will be upslope/up valley to 5-10 mph with gust to 20 mph. Scattered showers and thunderstorm with heavy rainfall. A flash flood watch is in effect for Friday.

Unit Information

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Okanogan - Wenatchee National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
215 Melody Lane
Wenatchee, WA 98801

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