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Apple Acres Fire

Unit Information

Northeast Region-Department of Natural Resources
225 S. Silke Road
Colville, WA 99114

This incident is no longer being updated.

Foreground - a very black, charred drainage. Middle ground - homes and out buildings surrounded by a charred landscape. Background - a steep, rocky mountain rises and is very black with little unburned  vegetation. Green conifers are scattered throughout.Image options: [ Full Size ]

The Apple Acres Fire started September 7, 2020 at 11:33 AM four miles north of Chelan, WA.  The fire spread quickly due to strong winds and low relative humidity.  Local fire crews responded and provided point protection. No injuries have been reported.  Level 3 evacuations and numerous road closures were in effect. Evacuations were reduced to Level at 8:00 AM on Thursday, September 10, 2020. Residents can call (509) 670-5331 for Red Cross assistance. 

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseUnder Investigation
Date of OriginMonday September 07th, 2020 approx. 11:30 AM
Location4 miles north of Chelan, WA
Incident CommanderShawn Sheldon, Northwest IMT #6
Coordinates47.909 latitude, -119.963 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel10
Size5,500 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained99%
Fuels Involved

Short grass (1 foot), timber (grass and understory), and brush (2 feet)

Significant Events

Fire behavior will be limited to interior smoldering or remaining large fuels. Any remaining areas of heat may show if smoke shading effects are reduced.


Planned Actions

Mop up and patrol

Projected Incident Activity

Reduced fire behavior with primarily interior smoldering. No anticipated spread.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Light showers early Tuesday morning helped thin our canvas of thick smoke. This allowed more sunshine to penetrate the smoke resulting in warmer temperatures compared to Monday. Humidity levels varied based on elevation with the Plateau experiencing the lowest humidity of the day. High temp:78-83 RH: 25-28% Plateau. 34-36% Columbia Breaks Winds: Unslope 1 to 4 mph. On the Plateau, southeast 5 to 9 mph. High pressure will be over the region Wednesday bring stable weather conditions and light winds. Areas of smoke will remain present but should be thin enough to allow temperatures to warm back into the 70's and lower 80's. High Temps: 79-84. RH: 24-27%Plateau. 32-35% Columbia Breaks. Winds: Upslope 1 to 4 mph. On the Plateau, southeast 6 to 10 mph.