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Daily Update 9-20-12 (Okanogan Complex Wildfire)

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Daily Update 9-20-12 (Okanogan Complex Wildfire)

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September 20, 2012

The unseasonably hot and dry weather in Central Washington continues to spur extreme fire behavior. South facing slopes are particularly volatile as fuels dry through the day and relative humidity continues to be low. Yesterday the Goat Fire advanced to the south and west. Air operations were active all day with retardant and bucket drops. Wednesday afternoon Level 1 evacuations were issued to 16 homes on Antoine Creek Road and six homes on Quiet Valley Road in the Alta Lake area. One home at the end of Quiet Valley Road was issued a Level 2 notice. Additionally, the south end of Alta Lake will be issued a Level 2 today. During today’s operations, firefighters will be scouting for new containment lines on the west and south. Protection of infra-structure of the communication towers on the ridgelines will be ongoing. Crews will initiate structure protection of residences and buildings. Mid-morning, fire activity is expected to increase when the diurnal winds shift from the north to…

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