Here’s an update on the largest and most hazardous fires burning in Washington state today:
Okanogan Complex Fire: This 1,494-acre complex of fires grew minimally yesterday. The Leecher fire, which is the largest in the complex, increased by about 100 acres. However, there was significant progress yesterday establishing a dozer line around the southern portion of this fire. Another fire–the 475-acre Buckhorn Fire–has produced a Level 3 evacuation (leave the area) for residents in Gold Creek.
Wenatchee Complex Fire: This complex north and west of the City of Wenatchee consists of dozens of wildfires. As of this morning the fire was 8 percent contained with about 25,000 acres burned. The increase in acreage is due to a combination of fire growth and better mapping of the fires in the complex. Last night (September 12), firefighters responded to a new fire burning in grass and timber between Burch Mountain and Eagle Rock, approximately 5 miles north of Wenatchee. In addition to 903 personnel, there are 140 fire engines, 7 helicopters and 3 airplanes working on this fire.
A public fire briefing will be held tonight in Entiat at 6 p.m., in the Grange Hall, 14108 Kinzel Street, Entiat.
Barker Complex Fire: As of last night, this complex of fires had burned a combined 91,883 acres and was 20 percent contained. State Route 174 from the junction with State Route 17 to Grand Coulee has been reopened.
Yakima Fire Complex: As of this morning about 602 acres had burned and overall containment was at 15 percent. Twenty of the 95 lightning-caused fires in the complex are fully contained and most of the 631 personnel will focus on approximately 30 fires in the Blewett Pass area. The largest fire, the Wild Rose Fire near Rimrock, grew to 480 acres yesterday and will have 110 personnel assigned to it today. Additional fires were detected this morning. The 377 personnel on this fire include crews from DNR, US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and several Kittitas County Fire Districts. See the Yakima Fire Complex web page on www.inciweb.org for more information.
Cascade Creek Fire: This fire in the Mount Adams Wilderness Area–now at 2,150 acres–is zero percent contained. Unfavorable fire weather conditions yesterday allowed the fire to grow and it remains active on all fronts, especially on the northeast and northwest corners where the fire crossed Crofton Ridge. The highest priority for the 485 personnel assigned is to keep the fire from moving east onto the Yakama Nation, state and private lands. So far, those efforts have been successful. Portions of the fire are being plumbed with fire hose systems to deliver water to support firefighter efforts. More information on the Cascade Creek Fire web page on www.inciweb.org
Highway 141 Fire: After burning about 1,644 acres, east of Highway 141 and north of White Salmon, this fire’s status has been downgraded and crews are demobilizing to monitoring status. The cause is under investigation.
Manilla Creek Fire Complex: Consisting of several fires burning on the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, this lightning-caused complex of wildfires has burned about 1,641 acres and was 80 percent contained as of this morning. The 270 personnel from DNR and other agencies assigned to this fire have nearly completed their work and expect to return control to the local jursidiction soon.
- Visit InciWeb (updates about major wildfires)
- Get updates about DNR’s fire program: twitter.com/waDNR_fire
- See latest weather for eastern Washington from the National Weather Service office in Spokane
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