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INCIDENT UPDATED 9/24/2015

Approximate Location

48.338 latitude, -119.002 longitude

Incident Overview

Current perimeter map for both the North Star Fire, the Tunk Block Complex, and the Okanogan Complex  9-24-15

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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.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseHuman
Date of OriginThursday August 13th, 2015 approx. 03:30 PM
Location25 miles North of Coulee Dam, Washington
Incident CommanderJerry McGowan -CIIMT #1

Current Situation

Total Personnel626
Size218,138 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained96%
Fuels Involved

Timber (Litter and Understory)

Timber (Grass and Understory)

Brush (2 feet)

Significant Events

Minimal

Creeping

Smoldering

Outlook

Planned Actions

- 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.

Remarks

-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

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Sunny skies under high pressure

Observed at IRAWS 13-Northstar 9/23

Max Temp-71

Minimum RH-21%

Winds- South 7 mph

Forecast:

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.

Unit Information

Colville Indian Reservation
PO Box 150
Nespelem, WA , WA 99155

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