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Chelan Complex Fire Update 9-14-2015

Incident: Chelan Complex Wildfire
Released: 9/14/2015

“Yesterday was a good day for our firefighters. Even though we had higher wind gusts along the ridgetops, the fire held in place and continues to slowly burn down to Saint Luise Creek,” said Incident Commander Bob Allbee. “The high winds predicted with our Red Flag Warning for yesterday were felt along the ridgetops but they did not get down into our deeper canyons.”

A deeper low pressure system is expected to move across the Cascades this afternoon. This could reinforce the cooler temperatures and could bring some very light rain to the fire late in the afternoon or early evening. Temperatures should be down another 5-10 degrees.

You may see helicopters dipping water out of the river near the Gold Creek area again today. These helicopters are being used to help slow the fire as it backs down into Saint Luise Creek. Please exercise caution when driving Highway 153 in that area. Smoke coming off the fire yesterday, was transported up and out of the area. The smoke from this fire was coming mostly from islands of unburned fuels slowly burning out in the interior of the fire near Saint Luise Creek.

Crews are continuing to patrol and monitor the fire area. Fire suppression repair work on dozer and handlines continue to be completed around the fire. This work will be continue through the week.


· The Okanogan Wenatchee National Forest issued an area closure, effective September 4, 2015, for federal lands in the fire area: or

· Okanogan County Emergency Operations Center provides information on evacuations and road closures:

509-422-7348, Facebook

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Southeast Region-Department of Natural Resources
Ellensburg , WA 98926

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