Wolverine Fire

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Wolverine Fire

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Approximate Location

48.226 latitude, -120.664 longitude

Incident Overview

Aerial photo over the Wolverine fire showing fire and smoke hot spots.

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Chelan, WA Management of the Wolverine, First and Chelan Complex fires returned to local Forest Service Ranger Districts and the Southeast Washington Department of Natural Resources last week. Fire crews and equipment are focused on suppression repair efforts, fixing damage caused during fire suppression activities. Fire crews and heavy equipment are utilized on disturbed areas to speed up recovery and revegetation. Dozer and hand lines are filled in and covered with natural materials, and water bars and drain dips are installed on slopes to slow surface runoff and erosion.Smoke will be visible in the interior areas of the fires until they receive significant precipitation. Although smoke will be visible, the fires are not expected to grow.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginWednesday July 29th, 2015 approx. 07:30 AM
Location3 miles NW of Lucerne, WA
Incident CommanderNate Rabe IC WAIMT2 Al Lawson IC-T WAIMT2

Current Situation

Total Personnel455
Size65,512 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained80%
Estimated Containment DateThursday October 15th, 2015 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber (Grass and Understory)

Timber (Litter and Understory)

Significant Events





Planned Actions

Continue construction of contingency line in Division O and western portion of Division L. Continue repair strategy on eastern portion of Division L and begin repairs on portions of Division O. Continue implementing repair strategy for the 16 mile Shady Pass/25 Mile contingency line with hand crews, and heavy equipment where appropriate. Coordinate with READs to identify and implement repair and maintenance strategies. Continue backhaul operations.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours: minimal fire behavior and no movement.

24 hours: minimal fire behavior and no movement.

48 hours: Smoldering and creeping and very isolated single tree torching. No movement anticipated.

72 hours: Smoldering and creeping. No movement anticipated.

Anticipated after 72 hours: Minimal fire behavior.


BAER team in place.

2656 acres on North Cascades National Park (WA-NCP)

62,659 acres on Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest (WA-OWF)

197 acres on Private (WA-PRI)

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Moist westerly flow aloft will bring high clouds across the fires on Saturday with an isolated shower possible but most activity will weaken as it moves off the Cascade Crest. Temperatures will continue to warm with humidity minimums approaching 30 percent. Westerly ridgetop winds will increase on Saturday and increase even more on Sunday ahead of a cold front which moves through the area late Sunday afternoon and evening. It will be warm ahead of the front but the flow pattern is moist which will keep humidity minimums around 25 to 30%. Isolated showers may accompany the front producing little moisture. Humidity will fall dramatically behind the front overnight Sunday with Monday breezy and dry but cooler day. Winds could gust to 35 mph at the ridgetops with northwest winds dominating the valleys Sunday night and Monday.

Unit Information

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

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