Wenatchee Complex Wildfire–CANYONS FIRE
Fire crews are nearing full containment of the Canyons and Byrd Canyon Fires. Smoke still will be an issue for the valley. Other fires are not contained and continue to burn and will create smoke for the Valley. The Town of Liberty is still on Level 3 notice.
Evacuation Levels are being reduced for many residents of Number One and Number Two Canyons due to the successful completion of burnout operations that reduced the risk of wildfire in the area.
Effective at 6:00 PM, Evacuation Levels for Number One Canyon Road will be reduced from Level 3 to Level 2. Evacuation Levels for Number Two Canyon Road between Castle Heights and the Gun Club will be reduced from Level 3 to Level 1. Number Two Canyon Road west of the Gun Club and Stiss Canyon
Road will remain under Evacuation Level 3. The road block on Number Two Canyon Road will be located at the Gun Club, which will remain closed.
Evacuation Levels 1, 2, and 3 are akin to a “Ready, Set, Go” level of preparedness with Level 1 asking residents to be ready to evacuate if conditions change, Level 2 meaning residents should be set to go at a moment’s notice, and Level 3 meaning authorities are advising residents to evacuate because their homes are in imminent danger.
The Wenatchee Complex is the result of an extensive, severe lightning storm which occurred the evening of Saturday, September 9,, 2012 in eastern Washington along the Cascades. Lightning strikes were reported to have started close to 100 individual fires to which local resources responded. Priority response was given to those areas which posed the greatest threat to life and communities. Responders from the United States Forest Service (USFS), Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Spokane District BLM, Wenatchee Fire Districts 1 and 7, Chelan Fire Districts 1, 3, 4, 6, 8 and Chelan County Sheriff’s office continue suppression efforts. These organizations and the firefighters were instrumental in minimizing loss and instituting structure protection. The complexity to manage and safely staff the numerous incidents grew beyond the local capabilities. The decision to order a Type 1 fire management team was placed on Sunday, September 10, 2012. The Wenatchee Complex includes over 50 lightning-caused fires burning in Chelan County.
Pacific Northwest Incident Management Team 3, a National Type 1 Management Team, headed by Incident Commander Jeff Pendleton, assumed command of the Wenatchee Complex on Tuesday, September 12, 2012 and continues to manage this complex. The incident command post (ICP) is located at Confluence State Park in Wenatchee, WA. An additional basecamp is set up at Entiat City Park in Entiat, WA.
Visitors and recreationalist can still visit Lake Chelan, Wenatchee and other communities in the area to enjoy the many amenities they have to offer. Current fire information is available throughout the community and available through local media outlets.