#WenatcheeComplex #WAFire September 28, 2012 Morning Update

Friday, September 28, 2012

 

INCIDENT QUICK FACTS

Location:   North, west and southwest of Wenatchee, Wash.

Total acres: 54,428

Containment:  36 percent

Start Date: 09/09/2012

Cause:   Lightning

Resources:   19 Crews    38 Engines   10 Helicopters     4 Dozers     976 Personnel

 

Today’s Summary:

 

While rehabilitation continues on many fires in the Wenatchee Complex, firefighters will remain vigilant today, as a change in the weather pattern brings a risk of increased fire activity.

 

 A cold front is expected to move through the area from the west, bringing warmer and drier conditions, with stronger winds developing by late afternoon, when fires are naturally most active. On ridgetops, winds will reach 6 to 10 mph, with gusts to 20 mph. The winds could also temporarily lift the smoke, allowing additional drying of fine fuels. The large fuels are still exceptionally dry.

 

Because of heavy smoke, Blewett Pass on U.S. Highway 97 is closed from Milepost 177, eight miles south of the intersection of U.S. Highway 2, to Milepost 150, at the junction of State Route 970. The highway is expected to re-open later this morning, with a pilot car to guide traffic through the affected area throughout the day. Please visit www.wsdot.com/traffic/trafficalerts for the latest information.

 

Until the area receives significant rain or snow, residents and visitors can expect to continue to see smoke from fires in the complex, as interior islands of fuel continue to burn.

 

As each fire reaches containment, local resource advisors are examining areas for the possibility of erosion, and are working with firefighters to put emergency stabilization measures into effect.

 

 

 

 

Fire Name

Acres

Percent

Contained

Summary

Canyon

7,559

96

Rehabilitation almost complete.

Byrd

14,163

95

Rehabilitation continues.

Poison Canyon

5,911

75

Mop up continues.

Peavine Canyon

18,953

42

The fire has merged with the Table Mountain Fire.  Firefighters are patrolling for spot fires.

First Creek

1,361

90

Rehabilitation continues.

Pyramid

1,317

0

Under aerial monitoring.

Klone

1,364

10

Chipping of brush continues along Shady Pass and Tommy Creek Roads.

Cashmere Mountain

2,087

10

Crews continue to hold the fire at the 8-mile Road with support from aerial resources.  No danger to structures.

Basalt

931

0

Under aerial monitoring.

Sears Creek

477

40

Firefighters are installing sprinkler systems around vulnerable homes.

Maverick

21

100

Under aerial monitoring.

 

 

FOR ADDITIONAL AND UPDATED INFORMATION, PLEASE VISIT:

www.inciweb.org/incident/3258/

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