Mills Canyon Evening Update ^NH

Basic Information

Current as of 7/22/2014, 10:21:39 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 57
Size 22,571 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 90%
Percent of Perimeter To Be Contained 100%
Fuels Involved Timber, brush and grass
Significant Events Fire activity continues to be minimal, with creeping and smoldering.

Outlook

Planned Actions Continue to implement fire suppression repair work in all approved areas of the fire. Provide for initial attack operations within the IA boundary as described in the Delegation of Authority letter, and 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, night shift hours, incident activity is expected to be minimal

24 Hours:

Incident movement is not expected at this time.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns Rain showers and overcast skies hindered afternoon temperatures, and caused a notable increase in relative humidity. Southwesterly winds are expected to gradually increase tonight as a deep low pressure system approaches from the west with light-to-moderate rain anticipated through much of tomorrow. Possible rainfall amounts up to 0.20″ on the Mills Canyon fire area. A slight chance of thunderstorms remains in the forecast for tomorrow afternoon and evening. Thunderstorms pose the threat of brief heavy rain, which could cause flash flooding and a heightened threat of debris flows or mudslides on wildfire burn scars. The National Weather Service in Spokane has issued a Flash Flood Watch for Wednesday (8 am PDT-11 pm PDT) for this concern on the Mills Canyon fire. Winds will increase substantially as well, initially moderate southwesterly then shifting northwesterly tomorrow evening.

Light rain showers will continue through early Thursday, then dissipate by noon. Temperatures will be slow to rebound and are forecast to peak in the 60s, with the primary weather concern being the moderate northwesterly winds of 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 35 mph. More seasonable weather is expected Friday with expected highs of 72-82 degrees and relative humidity in the 30s.

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