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Monday, October 1, 2012 Morning Update (Wenatchee Complex Wildfire)

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Monday, October 1, 2012 Morning Update (Wenatchee Complex Wildfire)

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October 1, 2012

Monday, October 1, 2012 Morning Update

Incident: Wenatchee Complex Wildfire
Released: 2 hrs. ago

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.

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 Summary

Canyon 7,557 acres 100% Patrol by air. Rehabilitation completed.

Byrd 14,119 acres 100% Patrol by air. Rehabilitation in progress.

Poison Canyon 5,909 acres 100% Patrol by ground. Rehabilitation in progress.

Peavine Canyon 19,307 acres 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 acres 100% Patrol by air. Rehabilitation in progress.

Pyramid 1,463 acres 0% Patrol by air.

Klone 1,389 acres 15% Patrol by ground. Continue chipping of brush and rehabilitation. Control lines in place to minimize threats to public land.

Cashmere

Mountain 2,163 acres 20% Control lines secure on south flank. Fine-tune structure protection plan.

Basalt Creek 1,009 acres 0% Patrol by air. Fire is backing on south flank.

Sears Creek 477 acres 40% Patrol by ground. Continue structure protection. Current control lines holding.

Maverick 21 acres 100% Patrol by air. Possible line rehabilitation.

Ingalls Creek 3 acres 100% No fire activity. May need rehabilitation.

Mule 0.3 acres 0% Air attack monitored. No significant change.

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