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White River (& Irving Peak)

Unit Information

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

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Highlighted Activity

09/26/2022 Smoke Update
 Smoke from the White River, Irving Peak, and Minnow Ridge fires will continue to impact local communities. Smoke dispersal is heavily influenced by weather and winds. The next few days will...
News - 09/26/2022
Overview Fire Area Map Sept 22Image options: [ Full Size ]

The White River and Irving Peak Fires began after a lightning storm passed through the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest on August 11, 2022. The Minnow Ridge Fire cause is currently undetermined. These fires are burning on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. The Irving Peak and White River fires are located approximately 15 miles northwest of Plain, WA. The Minnow Ridge fire is located near Chikamin Ridge, approximately 14 miles north of Plain, WA. 

A local Type 3 Incident Management Team is now managing fire suppression actions on the White River, Irving Peak, Meander, and now Minnow Ridge fires. Due to rugged and steep terrain, fire managers continue to implement a long-term strategy to manage these fires, including the use of primary and contingency perimeter lines for containment. Tactics include completion and reinforcement of fire lines utilizing forest roads and constructed hand line.

High-visibility smoke continues to linger in the area as weather and fuel conditions contribute to isolated flare ups and smoldering. 

Updates will be sent out weekly starting September 14, 2022 unless new significant activity occurs. NOTE: The acreage reported on Inciweb reflects the total combined acreage of all four fires.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning
Date of OriginThursday August 11th, 2022 approx. 12:00 AM
Location15 miles Northwest of Plain, WA
Incident CommanderLocal Type 3 IMT
Coordinates47.885 latitude, -120.917 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel97
Size9,998 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained10%
Estimated Containment DateSunday October 30th, 2022 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Primary fuels on slopes and ridges are mixed conifer timber litter, and timber with an understory component. There are heavy dead and down fuel loadings from previous disturbances (insects, disease, and blow down). Timber fuels include dense stands of large trees as well as younger managed stands. Abundant snags are throughout the fire area. Live fuel moistures are fairly high.

Significant Events

Minimal to moderate fire activity including backing, smoldering, creeping, flanking, and isolated torching.

Outlook

Remarks

There are no more level 3 evacuations in the fire area.