Upper Falls Fire

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Upper Falls Fire

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Approximate Location

48.767 latitude, -120.263 longitude

Incident Overview

Upper Falls Fire closure map 8/21/14

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The lightning-caused Upper Falls Fire is now in the mop-up and suppression repair stages. The burn area is located 17 miles north of Winthrop, WA, southwest of Mt. Barney; between Falls Creek and Farewell Creek. The fire is burned in steep rugged terrain in a dense Subalpine/Douglas Fir stands with a high percentage of bug-killed trees.

Great Basin Incident Management Team 1 assumed command of the Upper Falls Fire on Aug. 11.

Recent heavy rainfall aided firefighting efforts tremendously and now a large scale demob of resources is in progress.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginTuesday August 05th, 2014 approx. 04:45 PM
Location17 Miles North of Winthrop WA, 37 miles Northwest of Omak, WA
Incident CommanderAaron Thompson
Incident DescriptionWildfire

Current Situation

Total Personnel17
Size8,120 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Fuels Involved

Timber(litter and understory)2,10,and 11, dense timber stands with heavy dead ground fuels.

Significant Events

Fire activity limited to smoldering in the heavy and down fuels. Resources continue to complete suppression repair.


Planned Actions

Complete suppression repair work and backhaul excess equipment.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours: Fire activity limited to smoldering and heavy dead and down fuels.

24 hours: Minimal fire activity.

48 hours: Minimal fire activity.

72 hours: Minimal fire activity.


Many of the areas that have been closed due to fire activity have reopened. Closures remain in place in the 8-mile and Falls Creek drainages.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

High pressure is leading to a warming and drying trend. Above normal temperatures through Thursday. Windier but cooler conditions expected on Friday. Chance of rain showers this weekend.

Unit Information

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Okanogan/Wenatchee National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Wenatchee, WA 98801

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