Chelan Complex Fire Update 9-15-2015
Incident: Chelan Complex Wildfire
“I’m proud of the positive attitudes our crews are showing despite the colder mornings and long work hours. I have been encouraging them to keep up the good work and their great attitudes”, said Incident Commander Bob Allbee. “The fire season is long from being over, so they need to take care of yourselves and each other. We want them to stay healthy and alert as fall is upon us here on the Chelan Complex.”
A low pressure system will linger over the region through the week. Several disturbances will more through the low pressure system resulting in rain at times as well. The best chance for wetting rain will be Wednesday afternoon and Wednesday night. A couple inches of very wet snow will be possible above 5000-5500 feet Thursday morning. The cool weather will continue into the weekend.
Suppression repair will continue to be the focus in the McFarland Creek area as crews wrap up their work in the Squaw Creek area. Suppression repair includes damage repair to roads and fire lines. Crews will continue to monitor the fire as needed. A transition plan is being worked on daily to change management to a Type 3 Team as well. 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.
EVACUATIONS AND ROAD CLOSURES
· The Okanogan Wenatchee National Forest issued an area closure, effective September 4, 2015, for federal lands in the fire area: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/4534/29367/ or http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/okawen/alerts-notices
· Okanogan County Emergency Operations Center provides information on evacuations and road closures:509-422-7348, Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Okanogan.County.Emergency.Management