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Chelan Complex Update 9-17-2015

Incident: Chelan Complex Wildfire
Released: 9/17/2015

With rain showers coming in today, fire behavior will be at a minimum. Crews will be able to continue with the suppression repair work between the light rains today.

The strongest weather system of this group is came through last night but should be out of the area by afternoon today. There should be wetting rain over the area. Temperatures should be cool enough for a dusting of snow down to 5000 feet elevation. Today through Saturday the flow will turn westerly and will result in a break from the very cool and unsettled weather.

The suppression repair work will continue to be the focused in the McFarland Creek and Gold Creek areas. Suppression repair includes damage repair to roads and fire lines. Crews will continue to monitor the fire as needed. 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.

Forest Closures are still in place, but have been modified. Check the Okanogan ‐Wenatchee National Forest Webpage for details. Fire Restrictions remain in effect so please remain vigilant and prevent human caused wildfires.

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

Unit Information

Southeast Region-Department of Natural Resources
Washington
Ellensburg , WA 98926
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