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White River (& Irving Peak)

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215 Melody Lane 
Wenatchee, 
98801 
215 Melody Lane 
Wenatchee, 
98801 

Incident Contacts

Fire Information Line
Phone: 509-557-0973
Hours: M-F 8am-5pm

Highlighted Activity

White River, Irving Peak, and Minnow Ridge FiresOctober 19, 2022 ·    Total acres:  15,908 ·    Personnel: 37 ·    Location: 15 miles northwest of Plain, WA ·    Start Date:  August 11, 2022  ·    Estimated Completion: November 15, 2022Unseasonably warm and dry conditions, with temperatures about 5 degrees above average, have contributed to a slight increase in fire activity over the past week.… Read more
News - 2022-10-19

The White River and Irving Peak Fires began after a lightning storm passed through the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest on August 11, 2022. The Minnow Ridge Fire cause is currently undetermined. These fires are burning on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. The Irving Peak and White River fires are located approximately 15 miles northwest of Plain, WA. The Minnow Ridge fire is located near Chikamin Ridge, approximately 14 miles north of Plain, WA. 

Local resources and a Type 4 Incident Commander have taken over to finish out the remaining fire suppression activities on the White River, Irving Peak, Meander, and now Minnow Ridge fires. Due to rugged and steep terrain, fire managers implemented a long-term strategy to manage these fires, including the use of primary and contingency perimeter lines for containment. Tactics included completion and reinforcement of fire lines utilizing forest roads and constructed hand line. Firelines have successfully held, keeping the fire in the current footprint. 

High-visibility smoke continues to linger in the area as weather and fuel conditions contribute to interior smoldering. This will continue until a season ending event with multiple days of heavy rainfall or snow.

Updates will be limited unless new significant activity occurs. NOTE: The acreage reported on Inciweb reflects the total combined acreage of all four fires.

 

Basic Information
Current as of Wed, 10/26/2022 - 16:19
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning
Date of Origin
Location 15 miles Northwest of Plain, WA
Incident Commander Local Type 4 Incident Commander
Coordinates 47° 53' 6'' Latitude
-120° 55'
0
'' Longitude
Current Situation
Total Personnel: 60
Size 14,412 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 10%
Estimated Containment Date 2022-10-30 00:00:00
Fuels Involved

Primary fuels on slopes and ridges are mixed conifer timber litter, and timber with an understory component. There are heavy dead and down fuel loadings from previous disturbances (insects, disease, and blow down). Timber fuels include dense stands of large trees as well as younger managed stands. Abundant snags are throughout the fire area. Live fuel moistures are fairly high.

Significant Events

Moderate fire activity including backing, smoldering, creeping, flanking, and isolated torching.

Outlook
Remarks

There are no more level 3 evacuations in the fire area.