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NW Pasayten Complex

Unit Information

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

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Incident Contact

NW Pasayten Fire Information
Phone: 509-557-0973
Hours: M-F 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Highlighted Activity

09/27/2022 NW Pasayten Wilderness Fires Closure Order superseding CO 06-17-04-22-17
NW Pasayten Wilderness Fires ClosureClosure Order: 06-17-04-22-17 Pursuant to 16 USC § 551 and 36 CFR § 261.50(a) and (b), and to provide for public safety, the following acts are prohibited...
Closure - 09/27/2022
Monument 83 still standing after the Park Fire burned around it thanks to firefighters protecting the structures.Image options: [ Full Size ]

Brief update on September 28, 2022: 

An infrared (IR) flight last night showed that the complex as a whole grew around 600 acres.  It also showed that the Kid Fire has merged with the Parks Fire just north of the Pasayten Airstrip cabin. This was where most of the growth was on the complex of fires in the Pasayten Wilderness Area. Three  firefighters remain at the cabin running water pumps for the system of hoses and sprinklers as needed for structure protection; plans are to fly them out tomorrow. We will also be doing some back haul of equipment.   The current weather forecast is for a cold front passing through today with rain showers in the Cascades followed by a brief day of wetting rain, followed by a slight warm up.   

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning
Date of OriginTuesday September 06th, 2022 approx. 06:00 AM
LocationNW Pasayten Wilderness, east of Ross Lake
Incident CommanderNIMO Team 2 (Watts)
Coordinates48.913 latitude, -120.818 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel6
Size17,998 Acres
Fuels Involved

Timber (Litter and Understory)

Significant Events

Minimal fire activity on all fires in the complex, smoldering with little open flame and creeping.

Parks (12,163 acres): Minimal activity.

Kid (3,797 acres): Minimal activity.

Skagit (445 acres): Minimal activity. Module resources have completed a structure assessment plan on structures in the Hozomeen area and were brought out Friday via the Ross Mule National Park Service boat.

Three Fools (1,112 acres): Minimal activity.

Shull Creek (426 acres): Minimal activity.

Outlook

Planned Actions

Monitor fire progression to provide up-to-date location of fire progression and proximity to Management Action Points to inform the timing to implement point protection mitigation actions to protect identified critical values at risk.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours: Minimal fire activity expected.

24 hours: Smoldering and creeping especially areas under direct sunlight.

48 hours: Continued drying and warming may result in areas of active fire behavior.

72 hours: Continued drying and warming may result in areas of active fire behavior.

Remarks

A Long-Term Strategic Implementation Plan was presented to the Okanogan-Wenatchee NF on Sept 17.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Morning fog was followed by afternoon sunshine which filtered through high clouds over the complex today. Light winds were observed with relative humidity dropped into the 40-50 percent range. Skies will clear overnight as north winds funnel across the region. Gusty winds are possible especially on the ridges. Sunday will feature the first of several days through next week with mainly sunny skies, breezy afternoon winds, along with a slow warming and drying trend under west to north winds. Winds and humidity may bring elevated fire weather concerns towards mid-week, but no rain or critical fire weather is expected at this time. A strong low-pressure system moving into California is expected to mainly impact areas south of Washington State with heavy rainfall this weekend into next week.