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Okanogan Complex News Release

Aug 18 Update

Incident: Okanogan Complex Wildfire
Released: 8/18/2015

Okanogan Complex Fire Update

August 18, 2015 – 11 am

Fire Information: (509) 723-0813 Email: okanogancomplexfire@gmail.com

Website: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4534/

Washington Incident Management Team 2, Nathan Rabe, IC, assumed command of the Okanogan Complex on Monday, August 17, 2015. The Okanogan Complex consists of five fires listed below, all lightning caused except for Nine Mile fire. An additional four fires, all very small and all contained are part of the complex.

Lime Belt fire is 3,823 acres, located 3 miles northeast of Conconully. This fire is burning in grass and scattered timber. It is of concern due to the proximity to Conconully. The fire grew on the east side on Monday, and today firefighters will be working to contain that growth. There are 127 firefighters on the fire. Even though the fire grew, additional fire line has been completed around a portion of the fire.

Blue Lake fire is 843 acres, located 6 miles northeast of Conconully. This fire is burning in steep rugged terrain in timber and grass. The fire stayed south of Pine Creek Road but did grow in size. Yesterday, some additional fire line was built. Approximately 43 firefighters are on this fire.

Tunk Block fire is 2,744 acres, located 4 miles northeast of Riverside. Burning in timber with grass understory, it has also grown. There are 68 firefighters on the fire.

The three fires above will have help from engines that are due to arrive today. In addition, firefighting efforts will be assisted by helicopters that have been assigned to the fires.

Beaver Lake fire is 723 acres, located 15 miles west of Omak. There is a small group of firefighters that are looking at access points, clearing indirect fire line and containing spot fires.

Nine Mile fire is 4,704 acres, human caused and under investigation, located 5 miles east of Oroville and is 80 percent contained. It is staffed with minimal resources, and with assistance from Okanogan Fire District 11, they will patrol the area and continue to check on the fire. Fire webpage: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4517/

These fires are all minimally staffed, however progress was made on all the fires, despite the lack of firefighting resources. Work will continue to establish fire lines along fire flanks and to support indirect fire line construction. The emphasis will continue to be to protect life, communities and infrastructure.

Closure and Evacuation Information. The Sinlahekin road is closed from the Upper Conconully reservoir to Fish Lake. The Tunk Creek road is closed from the Keystone road to the Chewiliken road. Forest Service Road 42 is closed from outside Conconully to Loup Loup Pass.

Weather. Today will be warmer and slightly drier, a trend that will continue through Wednesday.

Washington Interagency Incident Management Team 2 (WA IMT2) would like to thank the public for their support during these fires. Fire danger remains extremely high across the state. Be sure to check your fire agencies for local restrictions, forest and state closures.

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