August 23 PM Update
Incident: Okanogan Complex Wildfire
Okanogan Complex Fire Update
Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team - Todd Pechota, Incident Commander
Information Center: 509-850-0083
Hours of operation: 7 am – 9 pm
Aug. 23, 2015 PM Update
Current Situation: As expected the fire was fairly active today. As conditions allowed firefighters were able to continue to move forward with indirect and direct line construction. The persistent smoke layer grounded the fixed wing aircraft and helicopters.
Three Hotshot crews, along with smokejumpers, worked on the northwest corner of the Twisp River fire. This area, as well as other areas with structures, remains high priority. Smoke from the North Star fire blew south today, then circled back north through the valley.
Community Meetings: Approximately 100 people attended a community meeting in Omak.
Evacuations and Closures: The public is encouraged to contact the Okanogan Emergency Operations Center to learn how to register for automated phone messages in the event of evacuation notices being issued for particular neighborhoods. Contact emergency staff at 509-422-7348 or Colville Tribal Emergency Management at 507-634-2105.
Media Briefings: Media briefings will be held at 11 am daily at Okanogan County Fairgrounds.
Fire Statistics as of Sunday:
Location: Eleven miles northwest of Omak, WA Start Date: August 14, 2015
Complex Size: 244,570 acres Percent Contained: 10
Twisp River: 10,053 acres Total Personnel: 1,250
Lime Belt/Blue Lake: 75,787 acres
Tunk Block: 128,054 acres
Beaver Lake: 25,956 acres
Nine Mile: 4,720 acres
Places to get additional information:
The Rocky Mountain IMT has a Facebook page dedicated to “Thank You’s to the firefighters working on the fire line. Visit the page at https://www.facebook.com/RockyMtn.Type1.IMT.PIOs
Spanish Language Information (509) 422-2422