Northeast Region-Department of Natural Resources
225 S. Silke Road
Colville, WA 99114
Oregon Smoke Helps Slow Washington Fires
Smoke from Oregon’s fires along the western slope of the Cascade Mountains is helping to slow at least one large fire on Washington’s east side.
Meteorologist Stephen Bodnar explained yesterday that winds from the south were pushing western Oregon smoke to the north, and then westerly winds in Washington were pushing it to the east. At the Pearl Hill Fire in eastern Washington, the heavy blanket of smoke shaded the fire enough that the fire crews were able to establish a defensible edge around the most aggressive front of the fire. “The thick smoke layer kept temperatures cool and humidities higher,” said Division Zulu Supervisor Jeremy Delack, “allowing our firefighters time to complete critical containment lines.”
Burnout operations on the active northwest corner of the Pearl Hill Fire (Division Zulu) were completed on Saturday. The east side of the fire is in patrol status. Crews will be mopping up hot spots closest to the lines today to increase defensive depth while watching for rolling rocks in steep areas set free by burned roots. Some crews are being reassigned to other fires.
Expected Weather and Fire Activity
Both the Pearl Hill and Apple Acres Fires were covered by a thick blanket of smoke, according to Meteorologist Bodnar. Temperatures on Sunday can be expected to be 10 degrees lower than previously forecast, and relative humidity will be higher than on previous days. Firefighters will have the day Sunday to secure firelines before a weak cold front passes through the region Sunday evening into Monday, bringing breezy winds from the west up to 20 mph.
Changes in Evacuation Levels
The Level 3 Evacuation Order for the northwestern portion of the Pearl Hill Fire has been reduced to a Level 2 Evacuation Order. Also, all evacuation orders for areas south of Highway 2 are now rescinded.
For specific information regarding closures and evacuation levels, 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).
Fires at a Glance
Pearl Hill Fire – 223,730 acres
Apple Acres Fire – 5,753acres
Pearl Hill Fire - 80%
Apple Acres Fire – 95%
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: 456
Dozers – 10
Type 2 Crews – 17
Engines – 60
Water Tenders - 17
Type 1 Helicopter 1
Type 2 Helicopter – 1
Type 3 Helicopter 1
Staffed 8:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
RED CROSS SERVICES:
Staffed 24 hours
Fire Info via InciWeb:
for Pearl Hill Fire.
for Apple Acres Fire.
Facebook: Northeast Washington Fire Information