#WenatcheeComplex #WAFire Tuesday October 2, 2012, Morning Update

Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012

INCIDENT QUICK FACTS

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

Total acres: 55,234

Containment:  55 percent

Start Date: 09/09/2012

Cause: Lightning

Resources:   14 Crews    29 Engines   6 Helicopters       4 Dozers     764 Personnel

 

Today’s Summary:

Firefighters on the Wenatchee Complex remain under a Red Flag Warning for strong winds and low humidity until 5 p.m. today, as a cold front continues to move through the area.

By this morning, relative humidities on ridgetops had fallen as low as 21 percent, with wind gusts up to 40 mph. Even dryer conditions are expected, with relative humidities dropping as low as 15 percent and staying low all day. Winds will remain gusty and erratic.

The Peavine Fire, southwest of Wenatchee, is now 19,307 acres and 60 percent contained. Crews were on hand on the east flank overnight to catch fires that spotted across the control line. Two-thirds of a planned 1.5-mile burnout along a difficult section of the 9712 Road has been completed. The operation will continue when the winds subside, either late today or tomorrow. Crews will also build indirect line where possible on the northwest side and continue mop up along U.S. Highway 97.

Rehabilitation continues on many fires in the complex, with crews placing waterbars to divert run-off, spreading out dirt berms and taking other measures to reduce the impact of fire suppression.

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

 

Fire Name

Acres

Percent Contained

Current Status

Canyon

7,557

100

Patrol by air. Rehabilitation completed.

Byrd

14,119

100

Patrol by air. Rehabilitation in progress.

Poison Canyon

5,909

100

Patrol by ground. Rehabilitation in progress. Chipping of brush likely to be completed today.

Peavine Canyon

19,307

60

Mop up and hold on west side. Patrol on north. Continue carrying out firing operations along the 9712 Road, when conditions permit.

First Creek

1,402

100

Patrol by air. Rehabilitation in progress.

Pyramid

1,463

0

Patrol by air.

Klone

1,389

15

Patrol by ground. Most chipping completed.

Cashmere Mountain

2,163

20

Structure-protection plan completed. Rehabilitation along 8-Mile Road started.

Basalt Peak

1,009

0

Patrol by air. Fire is backing on south flank.

Sears Creek

477

40

Patrol by ground. Continue structure protection. Current control lines holding.

Maverick Peak

21

100

Patrol by air. Possible line rehabilitation.

Ingalls  Creek

3

100

No fire activity. May need rehabilitation.

Mule

      0.3

0

Air attack monitored. No significant change.

FOR ADDITIONAL AND UPDATED INFORMATION, PLEASE VISIT:

www.inciweb.org/incident/3258/

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#WenatchComplex #WAFire Air Quality Update October 2, 2012

For Immediate Release: October 2, 2012
Contact: Mary Small, Public Information Officer (509) 886-6410
Air Quality Improved – Tuesday 10/02 8 am
Wenatchee “Good”
Leavenworth “Good”
Chelan “Good”
Cashmere “Good”
Entiat “Good”
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For more information please visit www.cdhd.wa.gov
Ecology: https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/enviwa/ or http://www.wrcc.dri.edu/cgi-bin/smoke.pl

#66 Cle Elum # 67 Cashmere #68 Wenatchee Confluence Park #69 Entiat
Forest Service: http://www.inciweb.org/
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#WenatcheeComplex #WAFire Air Quality Advisory October 1, 2012

For Immediate Release:  October 1, 2012

Contact:         Mary Small,     Public Information Officer                 (509) 886-6410

 Air Quality Advisory – Monday 10/01   8 am

Wenatchee      “Very Unhealthy”

Leavenworth   “Good”

Chelan               “Moderate”

Cashmere         “Very Unhealthy”

Entiat                 “Unhealthy For Sensitive Populations”

 

Unhealthy, Very Unhealthy, or Hazardous

Please Keep Children Indoors and Move Outdoor Activities Out of the Area

 

Smoke Prediction:  Monday we may see some clearing – while smoke will remain, it might be less for us than experienced last week, over the next few days…

 

Some people may be sensitive to air pollution at the “Moderate” level, like people with heart or lung disease, or a current respiratory infection. They should limit outdoor activity.

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When air quality is in this range “Unhealthy for Sensitive Populations” there is an increasing likelihood of adverse health effects for those with pre-existing heart and lung diseases.  People with pre-existing heart and lung diseases, the elderly, and children should limit prolonged outdoor exertion

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When the air quality is in the “Very Unhealthy” range there may be increased aggravation of pre-existing heart and lung diseases and premature mortality among sensitive populations.  Increasing adverse respiratory effects may also be seen in the general population.  People with pre-existing health conditions, the elderly, and children should avoid any prolonged exertion.  Everyone else should limit prolonged exertion and time spent outdoors.

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For more smoke information please visit www.cdhd.wa.gov.

Information about current air quality conditions and forest fires is located at:

Ecology:            https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/enviwa/ or http://www.wrcc.dri.edu/cgi-bin/smoke.pl

#66 Cle Elum  # 67 Cashmere #68 Wenatchee Confluence Park #69 Entiat

Forest Service:   http://www.inciweb.org/

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#WanatcheeComplex #WAFire October 1, 2012 Briefing Map

"Briefing Map"

October 1, 2012 Briefing Map

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#WentacheeComplex #WAFire October 1 2012 Morning Update

 INCIDENT QUICK FACTS

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

Total acres: 55,234

Containment: 55 percent

Start Date: 09/09/2012

Cause: Lightning

Resources: 14 Crews 30 Engines 7 Helicopters 3 Dozers 813 Personnel

Today’s Summary:

Some fires in the Wenatchee Complex could grow overnight, as a strong cold front moves through the area, accompanied by ridge-top winds of 15 to 20 mph, with gusts up to 40 mph.

A Red Flag warning for high winds, low relative humidity and dry fuels has been issued from 6 p.m. today until noon tomorrow, with the strongest winds expected between 2 a.m. and 9 a.m. High temperatures tomorrow will be 10 degrees cooler.

The burn period, normally confined to afternoon hours, may extend into the night, with the potential for extreme fire behavior. The Sept. 9 lightning storm that ignited the many fires in the complex included about 4,000 strikes, so winds could fan the growth of small, previously undetected fires.

Rehabilitation continues on many fires in the complex, with crews placing waterbars to divert run-off, spreading out dirt berms and taking other measures to reduce the impact of fire suppression.

Fire Name

Acres

Percent

Contained

Current Status

Canyon

7,557

100

Patrol by air. Rehabilitation completed.

Byrd

14,119

100

Patrol by air. Rehabilitation in progress.

Poison Canyon

5,909

100

Patrol by ground. Rehabilitation in progress.

Peavine Canyon

19,307

60

Mop up and hold on west side. Patrol on north. Working on completing indirect line on east. Continue prepping the 9712 Road and carrying out firing operations, if conditions permit.

First Creek

1,402

100

Patrol by air. Rehabilitation in progress.

Pyramid

1,463

0

Patrol by air.

Klone

1,389

15

Patrol by ground. Continue chipping of brush and rehabilitation. Control lines in place to minimize threats to private land.

Cashmere Mountain

2,163

20

Control lines secure on south flank. Fine-tune structure protection plan.

Basalt Peak

1,009

0

Patrol by air. Fire is backing on south flank.

Sears Creek

477

40

Patrol by ground. Continue structure protection. Current control lines holding.

Maverick Peak

21

100

Patrol by air. Possible line rehabilitation.

Ingalls  Creek

3

100

No fire activity. May need rehabilitation.

Mule

      0.3

0

Air attack monitored. No significant change.
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Briefing Map for Wenatchee Complex September 30, 2012

Briefmap

September 30, 2012 Briefing Map for Wenatchee Complex. Credit SWIMT

 

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Sunday September 30, 2012 Morning Update

Sunday, September 30, 2012

 

INCIDENT QUICK FACTS

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

Total acres: 54,875

Containment:  45 percent

Start Date: 09/09/2012

Cause: Lightning

Resources:   14 Crews    32 Engines   7 Helicopters       3 Dozers     887 Personnel

 

Today’s Summary:

 

The relative humidity will be lower today with increased fire activity which will begin earlier in the day.  Fire managers have planned for this event and will take the necessary actions.

 

The air quality was much better yesterday allowing helicopters to be used for bucket drops and reconnaissance.   These activities are also planned for today.  

 

Ridgetop winds are anticipated to be between 15-25 mph, with gusts up to 40 mph. With large fuels already exceptionally dry, winds will speed the drying of fine fuels, increasing the risk of fire spread.

 

A new fire (Mule fire approximately 0.1 acre) was detected yesterday, northeast of the White Fire.   It is backing and creeping in the lower 1/3 of the slope in duff under mixed conifers.  

 

An infra-red flight last night reported a decrease of 210 acres, due to more accurate mapping, bringing the total acreage for the complex to 54,875.

 

Highway 97 is open at this time, but conditions may change.  Please visit the Washington Department of Transportation www.wsdot.com/traffic/trafficalerts for the latest information on U.S. 97.

 

As each fire in the complex reaches containment, local resource advisors are focusing more efforts on rehabilitating the fire area.  Fire fighters are implementing these measures. 

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

 

Misc. fires are: Sears Creek (516 ac), Maverick (21 ac), White Pine (58 ac), Cuitin Lake (216 ac), Upper White (0.2 ac), John (2 ac), and Mule (0.1 ac).

 

                                                             

Canyon                     7,559 acres   96%                   Rehabilitation completed. Will be patrolled today.

Byrd                           14,163 acres                             95%              Rehabilitation continues.

Poison Canyon      5,911 acres   80%                   Mop up continues. Backhauled surplus supplies and equipment by helicopter.

Peavine Canyon   19,093 acres                             45%              The fire continues to produce smoke from from interior islands of unburned fuel.   Helicopters were able to utilize water drops in several of the divisions.

First Creek              1,361 acres   90%                   Rehabilitation continues.

Pyramid                   1,427 acres   0%                      Under aerial monitoring.

Klone                        1,385 acres   15%                   Chipping of brush will continue along Shady Pass and Tommy Creek Roads for approximately a week. Pockets of unburned fuel continue to burn up to the dozer containment line.

Cashmere Mountain                    2,161 acres     20%              Crews continue to patrol, mop up and hold the fire along 7601 road.

Basalt                        981 acres       0%                      Under aerial monitoring.

 

 

FOR ADDITIONAL AND UPDATED INFORMATION, PLEASE VISIT:

www.inciweb.org/incident/3258/

 

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