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Red Apple

Unit Information

Southeast Region-Department of Natural Resources
Ellensburg , WA 98926

This incident is no longer being updated.

The Red Apple Fire was first reported to RIVERCOM at 6:55 p.m. on 7/13/21. Crews from Chelan County, DNR and BLM engaged in initial attack using ground and air assets. CA Interagency Incident Team 1 (McGowan) assumed command of the Red Apple Fire, July 16, 2021 at 1800. 

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseUndetermined/under Investigation
Date of OriginTuesday July 13th, 2021 approx. 07:00 PM
LocationIn the towns of Wenatchee and Monitor, WA. Within city limits.
Incident CommanderJerry McGowan, CIIMT 1
Coordinates47.508 latitude, -120.426 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel208
Size12,288 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained90%
Fuels Involved

Timber, litter and understory in the higher elevation northern portion of the fire with lighter fine flashy fuels lower and near the US97 corridor.

Significant Events

Continued smoldering and creeping Interior smoldering continued today as mop up continued along northern portion of the fire east of Eagle Rock


Planned Actions

Implement fire suppression repair where indicated. Mop up and tactical patrol.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours:

No night shift planned.

24 hours:

Continued mop-up and patrol. Continue Fireline Suppression Repair.

48 hours:

Continued mop-up and patrol. Continue Fireline Suppression Repair.

Anticipated after 72 hours:

Continued mop-up and patrol


Planning has begun to transition the Red Apple Fire to a Type 4 organization with a potential change of command Tuesday, July 20 at 1800.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Hot, dry and sunny conditions were observed across the fire today. Temperatures climbed into the upper-80s and 90s, and afternoon humidity dropped below 20%. Winds were generally light, but gusty northwest winds are expected to begin this evening. Cooler and slightly more humid conditions are forecast on Tuesday and Wednesday, but gusty northwest winds will persist each afternoon and overnight.