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Navarre Coulee Fire Update – July 10th

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Navarre Coulee Fire Update – July 10th

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July 10, 2012

Navarre Fire:

The Navarre Fire is estimated to be 800 acres and is 95% percent contained.

Today, fire crews will continue to strengthen existing firelines and focus on mop-up. Crews will work to ensure there are no burning fuels within 300 feet of the containment lines and within 500 feet of any structures. Two infrared cameras were ordered yesterday; they will be used to patrol the fire perimeter and around structures to locate hidden pockets of heat not visible to the eye. Pockets of unburned fuels will continue to be consumed in the interior of the fire.

Hot weather, steep terrain, rolling rocks and other rolling debris are major concerns for firefighter safety.

Temperatures are expected to be slightly lower today, however the humidity will be lower as well. Despite difficult terrain and high temperatures, fire fighter morale remains high and performance is excellent. There were two injuries yesterday; a fire fighter was treated for heat related illness and went home. The other was a reaction to an insect bite or sting and the firefighter returned to the line today.

Two aircraft are assigned to the incident and available if needed. Restrictions on boat access near the helicopter dipping site on the Columbia River remain in effect.

The incident command post is providing logistical support for fire fighters working on two other incidents, the Chelan Butte and the Decker fires; this support includes meals, sleeping areas, and facilities. Support will also be provided for personnel responding to any new incidents in the area.

Resources continue to be evaluated; fire managers are coordinating with other agency partners to ensure that resource needs are met for this incident and making personnel and equipment available for emerging incidents.

Other fires supported by this incident:

The Chelan Butte fire remains unchnged at 110 acres and 75% contained. The Decker Fire is forty acres.

NEW: At 1:45 p.m. today, the Chelan Butte Fire was declared 100 percent contained; crews will remain on scene to complete mop-up operations.

Today, firefighters took a moment of silence at morning briefing to remember the four firefighters that died July 10, 2001, while fighting the Thirtymile Fire in Okanogan County. Incident Commander, Tony Gilmer, reminded everyone that firefighting is dangerous and safety is the number one priority. Crews were encouraged to discuss the lessons learned from Thirtymile and other tragedy fires in their daily safety briefing.

Fire season is just beginning in Washington. Firefighters count on the public to help reduce risk. When residents of a fire prone community clear brush, trees and other flammable materials away from their homes, it helps keep residents and firefighters safe. More information on what can be done around homes in fire prone communities can be found at www.firewise.org.

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