Okanogan Complex and Chelan Complex PM Update for 8-31-15
Incident: Okanogan Complex Wildfire
Okanogan Complex and Chelan Complex Fire Update
August 31, 2015, 9:00 AM
Fire Information: 877-568-0458 or 877-574-5148, 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Chelan ComplexSize: 144,179 acres Size: 92,516 acres Containment: 30 percent Containment: 50 percent Estimated Cost to Date: $12.54 million Estimated Cost to Date: $10.9 million Injuries: 6 Residences Burned: 44 Residences Burned: assessment in progress Total Personnel: 927 Total Personnel: 1,658 Committed Resources: 20 crews, 56 engines, 8 helicopters Committed Resources: 34 crews, 154 engines, 30 dozers, 47 water tenders, 4 helicopters CURRENT FIRE SITUATION With the Tunk Block and North Star fires growing together, California Interagency Incident Management Team 5 has transferred management of the Tunk Block portion of the Okanogan Complex to the Pacific Northwest Incident Management Team 3. The Pacific Northwest Team will manage both the North Star and Tunk Block Fires. In addition, California Team 5 assumed command of the Chelan Complex, to the south, at 6:00 this morning. California Team 5 will participate in a public meeting about the Chelan Fire at the Brewster High School at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1. Fire managers have been coordinating their efforts in recent days to make a seamless transition in managing these fires. Many of the firefighting crews will remain in place. These management changes have resulted in changes in the acreage, containment, and cost figures above. OKANOGAN COMPLEX Lime Belt Fire (128,237 acres, 15 percent contained): Crews on the Lime Belt continued to make progress, despite the return of strong, gusty winds yesterday. The fire has moved into heavy timber and steeper terrain where the wind has less influence on the fire’s spread. Wetting rains early yesterday also helped moderate fire behavior, but fuels remain dry and are actively burning. Preventing the fire from spreading north toward Loomis remains a priority for ground crews and aircraft. Crews are using dozers and conducting defensive firing operations, when conditions are favorable, to help secure the area. Twisp River Fire, Nine Mile Fire: Both fires are 98 percent contained and are in patrol and monitor status. CHELAN COMPLEX The northwest side of the fire is active and crews continue to construct containment lines to limit the fire’s spread northward. Firefighters are protecting structures in the Gold Creek and McFarland Creek areas. Remaining portions of the fire are largely in mop-up and patrol status. EVACUATIONS Information on evacuations is available from the Okanogan County Emergency Operations Center at 509-422-7348 and on its Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Okanogan.County.Emergency.Management. ROAD CLOSURES Many firefighters and equipment are working along the roads. Please stay alert and slow down when driving through the fire area. Information on road closures is available from the Okanogan County Emergency Operations Center at 509-422-7348 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.