Mills Canyon Fire Info is Now Available Under the “Chiwaukum Complex” Name

The Chiwaukum Complex includes the Chiwaukum, Shoofly, Mills Canyon, Kelly Mountain, and Alpine fires near Wenatchee and Leavenworth, WA.

Click here for information about the Duncan (north of Entiat, WA) and Hansel Creek (South of Leavenworth, WA) fires, also being managed by the PNW2 team.

Information for the Chiwaukum Complex can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.

Twitter: @ChiwaukumFire
Facebook: facebook.com/ChiwaukumCreekFire

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Chiwaukum Complex Fire Update – 7/25/14 ^NH

Basic Information

Current as of 7/24/2014 10:07:27 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning
Date of Origin Tuesday July 15th, 2014 approx. 01:00 PM
Location Chiwaukum is near the community of Leavenworth. Duncan and Kelly Mountain Fires are north of Klone Peak.
Incident Commander Ed Lewis, Incident Commander Pnw Team 3
Incident Description Wildland Fires

Current Situation

Total Personnel 1,000
Size 12,255 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 25%
Fuels Involved Ponderosa pine, grand fir, silver fir, mountain hemlock, sub-alpine fir. Across the 3 fire areas, several fuel models are represented, including 10, 9, 8, 11, 12, 13, and 5. Slash fuel models occur along the north flank of the Chiwaukum Creek fire.
Significant Events Fire behavior observed includes creeping and smoldering with minimal perimeter growth.

Outlook

Planned Actions Chiwaukum Creek: continue to hold fire west of highway; and continue to identify and implement containment options in the northern and southeastern areas of the fire. Continue to provide structure protection where needed.

Kelly fire: Resources will be inserted into the fire and continue implementing direct line construction.

Duncan: Continue to develop indirect containment lines and shaded fuel breaks along roads and dozers lines.

Projected Incident Activity 12 Hours:

Fire spread during the overnight hours is expected to minimal with no perimeter growth. Heavy fuels will continue to consume in the interior, with creeping and smoldering fire behavior.

24 Hours:

Creeping and smoldering fire behavior is expected. No perimeter growth expected.

48 Hours:

Creeping and smoldering fire behavior. Some minor perimeter growth should be anticipated.

72 Hours:

Minor perimeter growth is expected. Continued consumption of interior fuels and smoldering and creeping fire behavior.

After 72 Hours:

Hot and dry conditions are expected, leading to more active fire behavior including torching, spotting.

Remarks Personnel will continue to support local initial attack as needed. National Guard troops (100) are active and engaged in fire management activities in the eastern edge of the fire area. More favorable weather has allowed resources to return to the fire area and resume implementation of fire suppression activities in most fire areas.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns The wet weather pattern has exited the fire area. Total precipitation at Hatchery ICP was 0.41″.

The primary weather concern continues to be the moderate northwesterly winds expected across the area; 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 35 mph. A significant warming and drying trend will begin Friday and continue through the upcoming weekend as high pressure builds over the Pacific Northwest. Temperatures will rebound quickly, reaching upper 80s to low 90s by Saturday, while relative humidity is expected to be in the low 20s. Hot and dry conditions are expected to persist through early next week. The potential for triple-digit valley temperatures returns by the middle of next week.

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Mills Canyon Fire Update – 7/25/14 ^NH

Basic Information

Current as of 7/25/2014 10:25:25 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Under Investigation
Date of Origin Tuesday July 08th, 2014 approx. 12:30 PM
Location Directly adjacent to Entiat, WA – zero miles from city proper.
Incident Commander Ed Lewis, Incident Commander Pnw3
Incident Description Wildlfire

Current Situation

Total Personnel 30
Size 22,571 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 95%
Fuels Involved Timber, brush and grass
Significant Events Fire activity continues to be minimal; with smoldering and a few interior smokes

Outlook

Planned Actions Continue to implement fire suppression repair work in all approved areas of the fire. Provide for initial attack operations within the initial attack boundary as described in the Delegation of Authority letter. Continue to support local unit with initial attack capacity as requested. Continue to hold and patrol all areas of the fire.
Projected Incident Activity 12 Hours:

During the next 12 hour period, incident movement is not expected.

24 Hours:

Incident movement is not expected.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns A significant warming and drying trend started today, and is expected to continue through the upcoming week. Temperatures will rise into the 90s by Monday, with lower elevations potentially reaching triple-digits by mid-week. Relative humidity levels will plummet into the teens and 20s by Saturday afternoon, then remain low through much of next week.
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Closure Map for Chiwaukum Complex Fire 7/25/14 ^NH

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Chiwaukum Creek Wildfire Closure Area PDF

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Chiwukum Complex, Duncan, Kelly Mountain Fire Maps 7/25/14 ^NH

20140725ChiwaukumCreek - Copy 20140725KellyMountainDuncan Kelly Mountain Duncan PDF

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Chiwaukum Complex & Mills Canyon Fire Update 7/25/2014 ^NH

Suppression of these fires is an interagency effort, including Chelan County Fire Districts 1, 3, 8 and 9; Washington DNR; Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, and the Bureau of Land Management.

The Pacific Northwest Team 3 will be transitioning with the Southern Area Incident Management Team (Dueitt). The Southern team will be briefed this afternoon and will shadow Pacific Northwest Team 3 on Saturday as they prepare to take over management of the Chiwaukum Complex.

Chiwaukum Creek Fire:  Firefighters will continue to hold and secure containment lines on the north and east perimeter, including along Highway 2.  Firefighters are also evaluating conditions for resuming the burnout operations on the northeast edge of the fire, above Thompson Creek. Suppression options are being evaluated on the southern and western perimeters which are partially within the Alpine Lakes Wilderness area.

Kelly Mountain:  There was aerial reconnaissance over the fire yesterday. Ground resources, including Hotshot crews will be flown back in to the fire today to complete fire lines and suppression efforts.

Duncan:  Crews made progress on opening roads and reducing fuel below the fire and along Shady Pass Road.  Protection measures are completed on the cabins and campgrounds along the upper Entiat River road.

Mills Canyon:  Fire rehabilitation, finishing mop-up, patrolling lines continues today. Firefighters anticipate the fire will be in patrol status this weekend.

Weather:  A warming and drying trend is expected over the weekend. Temperatures will be in the low 80s today, with relative humidity in the 20s.  By Sunday expect temperatures to reach the 90s, with relative humidity in the teens.  Winds will be light from the west.

Evacuations/Closure Information: Evacuations remain unchanged today.  Chelan County Emergency Services posts updated evacuations and closures on their Facebook and Twitter sites at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Chelan-County-Emergency-Management/188543097925415 or follow them on twitter @ChelanCountyEM.

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/okawen/alerts-notices

Smoke Informationhttp://wasmoke.blogspot.com/ and Leavenworth  webcam at:   http://www.leavenworth.org/news-weather

Highway Information: http://www.wsdot.com/traffic/trafficalerts/ or follow twitter: @wsdot

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Closure Map for National Forest Lands around the Duncan and Kelly Mountain Fires; part of the Chiwaukum Complex – 7/24/2014 ^NH

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