Okanogan Complex PM Update for 8/29/15
Incident: Okanogan Complex Wildfire
Okanogan Complex Fire Update
August 29, 2015, 8:00 PM
Fire Information: 509-850-0083, 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Date Started: August 14, 2015, 10:25 PM
Containment: 25 percent
Estimated Cost to Date: $21.54 million
Total Personnel: 1,713
Residences Burned: assessment in progress
Committed Resources: 39 crews, 162 engines, 37 dozers, 41 water tenders, 4 helicopters
CURRENT FIRE SITUATION: Despite strong, gusty winds, fires in the Okanogan Complex remained within containment lines Saturday. An unusually strong front pushed southerly winds through the fire area. However, those winds were not quite as strong in some area of the complex as had been expected. In addition, portions of the complex received measurable amounts of rain and cloud cover helped to moderate fire behavior. The red flag warning for high winds expired at 7 p.m. Meteorologists predict a chance of wetting rains on portions of the fire early Sunday morning. Cooler temperatures and higher humidity are also expected to aid the firefighting effort.
Tunk Block Fire (161,440 acres, 10 percent contained): Fire crews and dozers made good progress in securing containment lines on the northeastern end of the fire. Structure protection crews continued efforts to protect homes within the fire perimeter near Crawfish Lake. On the southern end, fire managers from the Okanogan Complex and the North Star Fire were coordinating efforts, with the expectation that the two fires would grow together.
Lime Belt/Blue Lake/Beaver Lake Fire (126,791 acres, 15 percent contained): Crews continued work on the northwestern corner of the fire, where they are securing containment line in the Sinlahekin Valley. This effort is a high priority for fire managers, who want to keep the fire from spreading to Loomis on the north end of the valley. Firefighters managed to keep the fire from moving, with the help of bucket work by helicopters. Firefighters also worked to secure containment line on the western edge of the fire. On the southwestern corner, dozer crews worked to build containment line in an effort to steer the fire toward the Tripod Fire scar.
Twisp River (11,831 acres, 98 percent contained): Crews have completed construction of containment line around the fire perimeter. Mop up and monitoring continue.
Nine Mile Fire (4,720 acres, 98 percent contained): The fire is largely contained and in patrol and monitor status.
Information on evacuations is available from the Okanogan County Emergency Operations Center at
509-472-7348 and on its Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Okanogan.County.Emergency.Management
Information on road closures is available from the Okanogan County Emergency Operations Center at 509-472-7348 and on its Facebook page (link above). Additional information about closures is available from the Washington State Department of Transportation at www.wsdot.com/traffic/trafficalerts