Wenatchee-Some fires in the Wenatchee Complex could grow today, 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.
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