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CORRECTED Okanogan Complex Update 9-19-2015

Incident: Okanogan Complex Wildfire
Released: 9/19/2015

Okanogan Complex Fire Update
September 19, 2015, 9:00 AM
Fire Information: 877-568-0458 or 877-574-5148, 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM

Size: 133,142 acres

Estimated Cost to Date: $44.5 million

Containment: 95 percent

Injuries: 7

Total Personnel: 442

Residences Damaged or Destroyed: 120

Committed Resources: 8 crews, 23 engines, 1 helicopter, 7 dozers, 15 water tenders, 8 masticators


Firefighters have completed all suppression work on this fire. Smoke will continue to be visible near the fire perimeter and in the interior, as fuels ignite and burn until significant rain or snow falls. Parts of the fire area remain in patrol and mop up status, and most suppression repair work is finished. Effective 6:00 AM today, this team (Washington Interagency Incident Management Team 5) assumed command of the Chelan Complex. All fire suppression is complete on the Chelan Complex. Effective 6:00 AM Monday, September 21, management of both the Okanogan Complex and the Chelan Complex will be assumed by the California Interagency Incident Management Team 1. CORRECTION: Effective 6AM Monday, management of the Chelan Complex will return to local units while CIIMT1 will assume management of the Okanogan Complex.


Mostly cloudy sky throughout the day is predicted. Temperatures will be 70 to 77 degrees in the valleys, and 53 to 63 degrees above 4,000 feet over the fire. Minimum relative humidity is expected to be 28% to 38% in valleys, and 50% to 60% above 4,000 feet. Winds over the fire will be upslope at 1 to 4 mph this morning, switching to south/southwest 2 to 5 mph in the afternoon. Ridge top wind will be south to southwest at 8 to 12 mph in the afternoon, gusting to 15 mph.


Forest Service roads on the west side of the fire within the area closure (see below) are closed to the public. Law-enforcement personnel are enforcing road closures, which are identified with a sign or barricade. Although not every closed road is staffed, fire managers ask the public to respect the closures for firefighter and public safety.


This is the final update for this complex from the Washington Interagency Incident Management Team 5. For additional information about this fire, see: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4534/

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