Northeast Region-Department of Natural Resources
225 S. Silke Road
Colville, WA 99114
Apple Acres and Pearl Fire Update for Thursday, September 10, 2020
Northwest Incident Management Team 6 led by Incident Commander Shawn Sheldon assumed command of the Pearl Hill Fire on 9/8 at 6:00 p.m. and the Apple Acres Fire at 6:00 a.m. on 9/9.
Favorable weather conditions are expected today. Light easterly winds are predicted with today’s temperatures expected to be about five degrees warmer than yesterday. However, dry relative humidity conducive to fire spread is expected to register at 15-20%.
Apple Acres Fire
Yesterday, firefighters made excellent progress in suppressing the Apple Acres Fire, continuing line construction, mop up and burn-out operations. Today crews will continue mopping up hot spots along the perimeter of the fire and around structures within the perimeter of the fire. Crews continue to be supported by helicopters with buckets of water where needed.
Pearl Hill Fire
The fire is most active at the northwest portion of the fire between Bridgeport and the Columbia River. Continuous fuels and rugged terrain are the primary challenges which firefighters face near the Columbia River at this active area of the fire. Firefighters intend to limit the fire’s spread toward the south by constructing fire line from Dyer Hill west to the Columbia River. Firefighters will continue to patrol and mop up hot spots along the fire’s perimeter and near structures. Fire managers intend to minimize the amount of acres burned in order to protect land owners’ cultivated crops and forage.
Road Closures & Evacuations
As of 8:00 this morning, Chelan County Emergency Management has reduced evacuation levels related to the Apple Acres Fire. Evacuation levels that were Level 2 have been reduced to Level 1, and all Level 1 evacuation notifications have been removed. The Douglas County Sheriff has reduced the evacuation notice for McNeil Canyon from a Level 3 to a Level 2. For more specific information please check with the Chelan County Emergency Management Facebook page for Apple Acres Fire (https://www.facebook.com/CCSOEM/ )and the Douglas County Sherriff’s Facebook page for the Pearl Hill Fire (https://www.facebook.com/DouglasCountySheriffsOfficeWA).
Fire Statistics Summary
Size: Pearl Hill Fire – 177,605 acres, Apple Acres Fire – 5,880acres
Containment·: Pearl Hill Fire - 41%, Apple Acres Fire – 45%
Location: Pearl Hill Fire is located at Bridgeport, WA. Apple Acres Fire is located four miles north of Chelan, WA.
Cause: Both are under investigation
Total Assigned Personnel: 269
Dozers – 12
Type 2 Crews – 5
Engines – 27
Water Tenders - 8
Type 1 Helicopters – 3
Type 2 Helicopters – 2
Type 3 Helicopters - 1
Staffed 8:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7169/for Pearl Hill Fire.
Apple Acres Fire will be established on https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ later today, just search by the fire name.