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Chikamin Fire

Unit Information

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
215 Melody Lane
Wenatchee, WA 98801

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A hazy, smoky sky over Chikamin Fire on 9-17-20.Image options: [ Full Size ]

The Chikamin Fire is located in the Chikamin Ridge area 22 miles north of Leavenworth, Washington. This fire is burning in heavy timber in steep inaccessible terrain. Ranger district personnel are utilizing natural features, existing roads and trails, and the footprints of past fire areas to contain the spread of the fire. The fire is still within the confines of the old Wolverine Fire burn scar.

The closure of roads and trails, to provide for public safety and firefighter safety on the Chikamin Fire, has been lifted.

Anyone entering the fire area should be cautious as areas may still have smoke and smoldering fire. Fire can smolder below the ground in root channels and in stump holes, watch where you step. Limit your use to just travelling through burned areas to reach recreation sites or destinations outside of the burns. Snags are dead trees that can fall at any time. Snags can be blackened, killed trees, or even green trees burned through at the bottom. It's best not to travel through recently burned areas during windy conditions. Steep slopes and loss of vegetation may cause rolling rocks and debris flows off hillsides at any time. The likelihood of these events increases with rain and freeze-thaw events. Always let someone know your itinerary and where you will be.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginFriday July 31st, 2020 approx. 10:00 AM
Location11 Miles NE of Lake Wenatchee
Incident CommanderMike Barajas
Coordinates47.991 latitude, -120.7 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel5
Size1,685 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Fuels Involved

timber, brush

Significant Events

The trail and road closures have been lifted.

Fire behavior is minimal, mostly smoldering and creeping activity.


Planned Actions

Operations include continuing to hold fire progression to the south along the southern flank, to protect values at risk, and suppression repair as conditions allow. Patrol direct line, monitor west flank, start suppression repair where possible.

Projected Incident Activity

Containment Objective: Secure and hold the southern flank to protect values at risk and communities.

Confinement Objective: North and northeast allow fire to spread to natural barriers and old fire scars.

Overhead hazards and steep terrain are limiting access for firefighters.

Monitor Objective: Limiting responses in the area to mitigate risk for fire personnel. Added a camera in

Shady Pass to monitor fire progression to the east.


Public is asked to avoid the 6210 Road and 6 flagged trails within the fire area due to fire traffic and activity.

COVID mitigations and contingency plans are in place.

A mixture of direct and indirect strategy is in place to mitigate steep terrain and snags.