North Star Fire: Fire crews have been focusing their activities on suppression repair. The suppression repair is in full swing and good progress has been made over the last several days. Approximately 283 miles of suppression repair have been completed on the North Star Fire. Most of the suppression repair should be completed by Sunday.
Weather: The weather is predicted to remain cool and dry today. There is a chance of gusty winds in the afternoon ahead of a cold front that may pass through the fire area on Friday morning.
Closures: The Okanogan-Wenatchee and Colville National Forests have closures encompassing the entire fire areas and adjacent forested areas. Other areas outside of the burned areas remain open to recreation, hunting and woodcutting. Colville Indian Reservation forest and recreational areas within the fires are closed. See the maps at http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprd3854418.pdf and http://tinyurl.com/OkaWen-Closure-Map for more specific information.
Donation Information: The Long Term Recovery Group is accepting donations to benefit anyone affected by the Eastern Washington fires. They are located at 41 Apple Way in Okanogan (the formal Tribal Bingo Hall) http://www.cfncw.org/fire/. The Red Cross also accepts donations (1-800-Red-Cross).Friday will be the last day this update is mailed out. California Interagency Incident Management Team 1 is anticipating turning the fires back to the local agencies Saturday evening.
|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Thursday August 13th, 2015 approx. 03:30 PM|
|Location||25 miles North of Coulee Dam, Washington|
|Incident Commander||Jerry McGowan -CIIMT #1|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||96%|
Timber (Litter and Understory)
Timber (Grass and Understory)
Brush (2 feet)
- Continue with suppression repair
- Patrol and hold containment lines
- Backhaul equipment
|Projected Incident Activity|
12 hours: Minimal fire activity anticipated.
24 hours: Minimal fire activity anticipated.
48 hours: Minimal fire activity anticipated.
72 hours: Minimal fire activity anticipated.
-283 miles of suppression repair has been completed as of 1700 on 9/23/2015.
-Conditions have been favorable to hold the fire within the existing containment lines while allowing suppression repair to continue
- 9 excavators with 16 personnel and 1 pumper cat with 2 personnel are included with Dozer on the Resource Commitment Summary
- Last 209 unless significant activity occurs
Sunny skies under high pressure
Observed at IRAWS 13-Northstar 9/23
Winds- South 7 mph
WARM TEMPERATURES AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY IS EXPECTED ON
THURSDAY AS A DRY SOUTHWESTERLY FLOW PERSISTS OVER THE INLAND NW.
A COLD FRONT WILL MOVE OVER THE FIRE FRIDAY MORNING. SOUTHERLY WINDS WILL INCREASE AHEAD OF THIS FRONT FOR THURSDAY AFTERNOON. WINDS WILL VEER OUT OF THE SOUTHWEST ON FRIDAY AND THEN NORTHWESTERLY FRIDAY NIGHT INTO THE WEEKEND. THERE WILL BE A CHANCE OF LIGHT SHOWERS FRIDAY...BUT WETTING RAINS ARE UNLIKELY. DRIER CONDITIONS
WITH TEMPERATURES RETURNING ABOVE NORMAL EARLY NEXT WEEK.