Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
215 Melody Lane
Wenatchee, WA 98801
The Left Hand Fire is a lightning caused wildfire discovered at approximately 8:00 am on July 23, 2019, on the Okanogan Wenatchee National Forest approximately 32 miles northwest of Yakima, Washington. Firefighters were promptly dispatched to the fire located on the side of a steep, rocky drainage without interior roads. After hiking to the location, firefighters had some initial success, until burning material rolled down the steep slope crossing containment lines and spreading the fire. Efforts continued over the ensuing 48 hours; however, the fire became established in larger dry fuels on the ground and progressively spread to adjacent grass, brush and individual standing trees. Subsequent warmer, drier conditions and strong winds produced more rapid growth over the next several days.
Evacuations: All evacuation levels associated with the Left Hand Fire have been rescinded effective 8:00 am August 5.
Closures: Forest Roads 1702 and 1701 are closed to all public traffic. While Highway 410 remains open, public are asked to avoid the fire area if possible to minimize unnecessary traffic. There is also an area closure in place around the fire area (see the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest webpage for details).
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|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Tuesday July 23rd, 2019 approx. 12:00 AM|
|Location||17 miles northwest of Naches, WA|
|Coordinates||46.933 latitude, -120.993 longitude|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||92%|
|Estimated Containment Date||Friday August 09th, 2019 approx. 12:00 AM|
Hardwood litter, timber
Continue mop up and patrol in all divisions, and back haul all equipment. Complete repair work on identified repair objectives.
|Projected Incident Activity|
12 hrs: Continued isolated smoldering and consumption of heavy fuels. Minimal smoke production
24 hrs: Continued isolated smoldering and consumption of heavy fuels. Minimal smoke production.
48 hrs: Minimal interior smoldering. Minimal smoke production.
72 hrs: Minimal interior smoldering. Minimal smoke production.
Estimated cost to date is $8,009,697
The current pattern of warm, dry conditions with light, terrain-dominated wind is expected to last several days.