The White River and Irving Peak Fires began after a lightning storm passed through the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest on August 11, 2022. The Minnow Ridge Fire cause is currently undetermined. These fires are burning on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. The Irving Peak and White River fires are located approximately 15 miles northwest of Plain, WA. The Minnow Ridge fire is located near Chikamin Ridge, approximately 14 miles north of Plain, WA.
Local resources and a Type 4 Incident Commander have taken over to finish out the remaining fire suppression activities on the White River, Irving Peak, Meander, and now Minnow Ridge fires. Due to rugged and steep terrain, fire managers implemented a long-term strategy to manage these fires, including the use of primary and contingency perimeter lines for containment. Tactics included completion and reinforcement of fire lines utilizing forest roads and constructed hand line. Firelines have successfully held, keeping the fire in the current footprint.
High-visibility smoke continues to linger in the area as weather and fuel conditions contribute to interior smoldering. This will continue until a season ending event with multiple days of heavy rainfall or snow.
Updates will be limited unless new significant activity occurs. NOTE: The acreage reported on Inciweb reflects the total combined acreage of all four fires.
|Current as of||Wed, 10/26/2022 - 16:19|
|Date of Origin|
|Location||15 miles Northwest of Plain, WA|
|Incident Commander||Local Type 4 Incident Commander|
47° 53' 6'' Latitude
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||10%|
|Estimated Containment Date||2022-10-30 00:00:00|
Primary fuels on slopes and ridges are mixed conifer timber litter, and timber with an understory component. There are heavy dead and down fuel loadings from previous disturbances (insects, disease, and blow down). Timber fuels include dense stands of large trees as well as younger managed stands. Abundant snags are throughout the fire area. Live fuel moistures are fairly high.
Moderate fire activity including backing, smoldering, creeping, flanking, and isolated torching.
There are no more level 3 evacuations in the fire area.