Northeast Region-Department of Natural Resources
225 S. Silke Road
Colville, WA 99114
Apple Acres and Pearl Hill Fire Update for Friday, September 11, 2020
There will be a virtual public meeting today at 5:00 p.m. for the Pearl Fire and at 6:00 p.m. for the Apple Acres Fire. To participate please go to: Northeast Washington Fire Information Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/newfireinfo.
Pearl Hill Fire
The significant increase in today’s reported acreage is due to smoke clearing and new terrain becoming observable in the northwest portion of the fire. Very little additional acreage was burned yesterday.
A two-day push begins today with hand crews trying to tie off the backing and flanking flames in the northwestern corner of the Pearl Hill Fire across steep slopes and challenging terrain. Suppression activity will be complicated by the change in wind direction as described in the weather section below.
Flare-ups continue along the western edge of the Pearl Hill Fire while power poles and fence posts hold fire deep in the ground throughout the burned area. Fuel indices indicate that fuels such as grass, brush, and tree are at their maximum volatility and are receptive to fire spread.
Apple Acres Fire
Firefighters continue to make excellent progress suppressing the fire. Today patrol of the fire and mopping up hot spots will continue.
Expected Weather and Fire Activity
Today’s weather is forecast to be two to five degrees warmer than Thursday. Winds will begin light from the north, and start shifting in the early afternoon to 15-20 mph from the southeast. Relative humidity will remain at a very dry 15-20%. The Fire Danger Index is very high for this time of year due to the dry weather and warm temperatures according to Fire Behavior Analyst Brett Smith, and fire volatility may be high with possible ignition of spot fires.
Evacuation Level Reduced
In response to improved conditions at the southern portion of the Pearl Hill Fire, the Douglas County Sheriff has reduced the evacuation level in the area south of Hwy 172 (Road 14NE) from a Level 3 to a Level 2. The Rimrock Meadows Estates area remains at Level 2. SR 173 remains closed with pilot car for locals. All areas related to Apple Acres Fire are at Level 1.
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
Public Meetings (Virtual) Tonight Fir!
On Facebook Live:
Pearl Hill, 5:00 p.m.
Apple Acres, 6:00 p.m.
Pearl Hill Fire – 219,956 acres Apple Acres Fire – 5,880acres
Pearl Hill Fire - 50%
Apple Acres Fire – 50%
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: 684
Dozers – 12
Type 2 Crews – 18
Engines – 74
Water Tenders - 19
Type 1 Helicopters – 3
Type 2 Helicopters – 2
Type 3 Helicopters - 1
Staffed 8:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
RED CROSS SERVICES:
Staffed 24 hours
Fire Info via InciWeb:
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7169/for Pearl Hill Fire.
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7181/for Apple Acres Fire.