Chelan Complex

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Chelan Complex

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Approximate Location

47.814 latitude, -120.039 longitude

Incident Overview

Map showing Chelan Complex fire

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On Saturday September 19, 2015, the Chelan Complex will be managed by the Washington Interagency Incident Management Team 5, under the command of Incident Commander Dave Leitch. The incident command post is located at the Stampede Grounds in Omak.

The Chelan Complex phone numbers are: 877-568-0458 or 877-574-5148. The email address for the Chelan Complex is

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginFriday August 14th, 2015 approx. 05:00 AM
Location1 mile south of Chelan, WA
Incident CommanderDave Leitch, Washington Incident Management Team 5
Incident DescriptionWildfire

Current Situation

Total Personnel254
Size88,985 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained98%
Estimated Containment DateThursday October 01st, 2015 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber (Litter and Understory)

Significant Events

Moderate backing, creeping, and single tree torching


Planned Actions

Continue patrol on the south and southeast side of the fire. Hold and

improve control lines on the north and northeast sides of the fire. Hold the fire north of Sawtooth ridge.Extensive fire suppression repair to be done over whole fire.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours:Fire behavior was minimal today as moisture moved through the region bringing with it cooler temperatures, higher humidity, and light winds.

24 hours: Minimal fire behavior with a warming drying trend as the next lower pressure comes in from the gulf of Alaska.

48 hours:Moderate fire behavior as the lower pressure moves on shore bringing very gusty winds to the region for a few days.

72 hours: The fire activity could increase as the low pressure pushes interior bringing more gusty winds to the area.


This complex includes the Reach fire, Black Canyon fire, McFarland Creek fire, Cagle fire and Antoine fire. Chelan Complex will be run under WA-NES-001203 which is the same as Okanogan Complex due to database issues.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

A weak high pressure is expected to build into the region Friday and Saturday. This will result in a warming and drying trend. Winds will be light and mainly diurnally driven.

Unit Information

Southeast Region-Department of Natural Resources
Ellensburg , WA 98926

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