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White River (& Irving Peak)

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

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    509-557-0973
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    M-F 8am-5pm

White River, Irving Peak, and Minnow Ridge Weekly Fire Update 10-19-2022

White River (& Irving Peak)
News - 10/19/2022

White River, Irving Peak, and Minnow Ridge Fires

October 19, 2022 

·    Total acres:  15,908
 ·    Personnel: 37
 ·    Location: 15 miles northwest of Plain, WA
 ·    Start Date:  August 11, 2022 
 ·    Estimated Completion: November 15, 2022

Unseasonably warm and dry conditions, with temperatures about 5 degrees above average, have contributed to a slight increase in fire activity over the past week. As a result of the natural increase in fire activity and lack of wind, the concentration of smoke has also increased.  A strong fall weather pattern with rain and possible snow is looking very probable to pass through the fire areas starting 10/21-10/23.  This pattern should help disperse smoke and moderate fire behavior along with reducing rates of spread.

White River and Irving Peak Fires (11,120 acres): The fire continued to progress toward the FS 200 road on the southern perimeter. This week, a spot fire was located across this road and was successfully contained by fire crews. All burning operations have ceased with no further burns planned unless fire behavior dictates that those actions are necessary.

A Type 4 Incident Commander and numerous fire resources including one helicopter, multiple engines, and a type 2 Initial Attack handcrew, remain engaged in the full suppression effort.

Operations on the Minnow Ridge Fire (4,662 acres):  The Minnow Ridge fire has had moderate growth with the most activity on the south-southeast perimeter in the Marble Creek and Gate Creek area. The western edge has not crossed Chickamin Creek.

Meander Fire is 126 acres, and the fire behavior is still smoldering and creeping with some flanking and backing fire effects.

Weather and Smoke Updates:  The past several days have been warm and dry, conducive to active fire conditions. Smoke from the White River, Irving Peak, and Minnow Ridge fires continues to impact local communities. A frontal weather system bringing winds out of the west/northwest is predicted to move into the area on October 21 which will help to disperse the smoke and improve air quality.

Smoke from the Minnow Ridge fire is likely to impact the local vicinity until a season-ending event such as multiple days of significant rain or snow occurs.

Individuals who are sensitive to smoke may want to take precautions and limit outdoor activities.

Closures:  Fire closure orders remain in place. Go to https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/8329/72269/ for more information.

 

Evacuation levels:  All evacuations have been reduced to a level 1.

Fire Information:

  •  Inciweb:  https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/8329/
     
  •  Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/WhiteRiverFireInfo
     
  •  Fire Information Center:  509-557-0973     #whiteriverfire

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