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BIG Entiat Fire!!! UPDATED!!!
« on: August 07, 2018, 03:59:50 PM »
 :shocked: :shocked:  The Chawawa Unit is on Fire!!!

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Cougar Creek Fire Updates: Level 3 Evacuations in Place
by LakeChelanNow, Feature photo by Air Attack taken around 5:00 PM, 8/2/2018.

This story will be updated as new information is received.
Fire Update from Incident Management Team: 12:00 p.m., 8/7/18
Chelan County Emergency Management has raised the Evacuation Level to 3 as of noon today, Tuesday, August 7, 2018. This means “Leave Now.” The area is described as Potato Creek to the end of the Entiat River Road. Mad River to Potato Creek remains at a Level 2 for now.

The Cougar Creek fire advanced to the head of Grandma Creek. The fire is established near the Tyee ridge and is visible from the Entiat Valley bottom. A new video of the fire is available on the Cougar Creek Fire Facebook page.

Structure protection groups are in place along the Entiat River Road within the level 3 evacuation zone.

For specific questions regarding evacuations please call the Chelan County Emergency Management at 509-667-6863. Red Cross can be contacted at 509-663-3907 for evacuation shelter information. For trailer Parking and Primitive Camping call Stucco by Alex, Inc. at 509-421-7999.

Fire Update from Incident Management Team: 9:30 a.m., 8/6/18
Fast Facts:

Size: 4154 acres
Personnel: 677
Location: 20 miles northwest of Entiat
Start Date: July 28, 2018
Cause: Lightning
Current Activity:
A community meeting was held last night at the Entiat fire station. Approximately 100 people were in attendance with another 108 streaming live on Facebook. Personnel from California Interagency Incident Management Team 5, Chelan County fire district no. 8, Department of Natural Resources, and the US Forest Service reported on the fire’s progress and answered questions.
The Cougar Creek fire is active in thick dead and down timber. It is creeping and backing down steep rugged terrain. Although there was very little fire growth yesterday, the vegetation in the fire’s interior continues to burn. The north and west sides of the fire are relatively stable. The east side is holding west of Tyee Ridge. The spot fires on the east and south side are being worked so that existing roads and trails can be used to establish a continuous perimeter around the fire.
Firefighters yesterday were able to take advantage of the calmer weather to attack the fire more directly, resulting in a number of accomplishments. These included:
Installing sprinklers and portable pumps in the Entiat Valley to protect residences.
Reducing the fuel load by removing brush and dead timber using hand crews and heavy equipment, such as masticators, near residences in the Entiat Valley and Plain.
Connecting containment lines using hand crews and dozers and old forest roads, keeping spot fires on the east and southeast section of the fire in check, (including putting a line around one).
Using fire to burn vegetation along the south and southeast sections of the fire perimeter. Firing operations are an important tool in fire suppression because the main fire burns into the black, reducing its intensity. Although firing operations can generate additional smoke, it’s usually for a short duration.
A new fire—called the Lost Fire—was reported yesterday afternoon four miles northwest of Maverick Peak and nine miles north of Plain. It is less than 50 acres and most likely started from lightening several days ago. Yesterday, firefighters conducted initial attack and air tankers dropped retardant around it. Today, sixteen smokejumpers will assess the fire, take suppression action if safe to do so, and provide intelligence to fire managers to develop a strategy.
Firefighters and air operations will again take advantage of today’s weather to continue the progress made yesterday through a more aggressive attack on the fire. This is important because hot, dry and possible windy conditions are expected by the end of the week.
Fire Update from Incident Management Team: 10:00 a.m., 8/5/18
Fast Facts:

Size: 3837 acres
Personnel: 664
Location: 20 miles northwest of Entiat
Start Date: July 28, 2018
Cause: Lightning
There will be a public meeting Sunday at 6:00 p.m. at Entiat’s main fire station (2200 Entiat Way). Personnel from California Interagency Incident Management Team 5, the local fire department, and the US Forest Service will report on the fire’s progress and be available to answer questions.

Last night engine crews patrolled the Entiat River Valley and monitored spot fires that got established west of Tyee Ridge on the fire’s eastern perimeter. Moderate growth occurred yesterday. Crews used heavy equipment to reopen the Tyee Lookout Road (Forest Road 5700) to gain better access to the spot fires on the eastern perimeter. Air operations dropped water on the spot fires near Tyee Lookout and in Young Creek. Pockets of unburned vegetation in the fire’s interior continue to burn, closing the gap in the fire’s perimeter.

Today firefighters and air operations will attempt to suppress the spot fires south of the Tyee Lookout. Crews will continue to improve old fireline constructed during previous fires and connect them to existing roads and trails.

On the southwest side, crews are identifying opportunities to increase defensible space around structures northeast of Plain. Structure-protection crews are also installing sprinklers systems around key locations.

Fire Update from Incident Management Team: 11:30 a.m., 8/4/18
Fast Facts:

Acres: 4224
Containment: 0%
Location: 20 miles northwest of Entiat
Start Date: July 28, 2018 at 7:21 pm
Cause: Lightning
The California Interagency Incident Management Team 5 (Team 5) assumed command of the Cougar Creek Fire at 6:00 am, today.

Fire behavior and spread was moderate Friday. Most of the growth was on the fire’s east side; however, it remains west of Tyee Ridge. A one-acre spot fire was detected on the east side of Tyee Lookout Road (FR 5700). Crews will attempt to access the spot fire and directly suppress it today. Unburned vegetation was consumed within the fire boundary and a large amount of dead and down timber from previous fires is the primary carrier. A night shift of engines patrolled the Entiat River Valley last night to watch for spot fires.

The management priorities include protecting the Entiat River Valley, the community of Plain to the southwest, and the transmission power lines to the south. Isolated and group torching of snags and tree crowns should be expected today, particularly to the north and northeast side of the fire. Fire activity will spread primarily through the dead and down fuels. Thunderstorms are possible this afternoon, potentially bringing gusty, erratic winds. This type of weather can cause fire to quickly transition from the dead and down logs to the tree crowns.

Team 5, Chelan County Fire Districts, mutual-aid departments, and the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office are working together to provide structure protection, including reducing fuel loads around structures. Structure-protection groups are in place along the Entiat River Road.

Fire Update from Incident Management Team: 9:30 a.m., 8/3/1
High winds caused additional eastern fire growth yesterday. The fire reached a pre-identified management action point to initiate Level 3 evacuations. Evacuations were implemented in the the Upper Entiat River Valley from Potato Creek (~Miles Post 14) north. Over 43,000 gallons of fire retardant was dropped on the fire to slow progression along the southwest corner of the fire near the Mad River. Northwest Interagency Incident Management Team 11 (NWT11), Chelan County Fire Districts and mutual aid departments, and the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office are working together to provide structure protection. Structure protection groups are in place along the Entiat River Road within the Level 3 evacuation zone.

Today begins the transition from NWT11 to a Type 1 team. California Interagency Incident Management Team 5 will assume command beginning tomorrow, 8/4/2018, at 6:00 am.

Fire Update from Incident Management Team: 8:30 p.m., 8/2/18
Chelan County Emergency Management has raised the Evacuation Level to 3 as of 5:00pm. This means “Leave Now.” The area is described as Potato Creek to the end of the Entiat River Road. Mad River to Potato Creek remains at a Level 2 for now.

Current Activity: The Cougar Creek fire had several spotfires that advanced ahead of the fire. Air attack flew over the fire to gather information. Due to heavy smoke, crews are having a hard time getting an accurate size and location of the fire. Northwest Interagency Incident Management Team 11 (NWT11), Chelan County Fire Districts and mutual aid departments, and the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office are working together to provide structure protection. Structure protection groups are in place along the Entiat River Road within the level 3 evacuation zone. Winds are expected to continue tomorrow with gusts up to 30 mph.

The Red Cross has an evacuation shelter located at the Warehouse Community Church, 14916 Hwy 97A, Entiat, WA. For trailer Parking and Primitive Camping call Stucco by Alex, Inc. at 509-421-7999.

A temporary flight restriction (TFR) remains in place over the Cougar Creek fire area restricting public access for aircrafts including drones. The TFR was expanded due to heavy fire activity on the Cougar Creek fire. The public is reminded that when a drone is sighted within the TFR all air operations are grounded. Grounded air operations inhibits ability to conduct critical fire suppression efforts. Flying within the TFR is prohibited and against the law.

Smoke: The Cougar Creek fire has a large visible smoke column that can be seen for miles. Smoke is filtering into surrounding communities, particularly Chelan. N95 masks are available at local fire stations provided by the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office For more information on smoke and public health, please visit: wasmoke.blogspot.com.

Fire Information:
Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6053/
Facebook: facebook.com/CougarCreekFire
Fire Information Center: 303-921-5818
#WaWildfire #CougarCreekFire

Fire Update: 5:00 p.m., 8/2/18
Residents between Potato Creek to Mile Post 25 up the Entiat Valley have been elevated from Level 2 Evacuation (Get Ready) to Level 3 Evacuation (Leave NOW). Smoke continues to be a factor hindering firefighter operations.


Photo submitted by Kendal McAlvey from 14 miles up the Entiat Valley

Fire Update: 1:30 p.m., 8/2/18
The Cougar Creek wildfire, located up the Entiat Valley, continued to grow over the past 24 hours. It is currently at 1,559 acres with 0% containment.

NW Incident Command Public Information Office (PIO), Norma Brock, reports that the lightening-caused fire is moving in a south-eastern direction into the Billy Creek area at a rate of about 2 miles per day. She reported that firefighting efforts have been hampered because dense smoke prevents clear mapping as well as air support at this time. “There is no clear view of the fire and it’s not safe to fly,” she said.

A community meeting was held last night at the Entiat Fire Station with approximately 100 people in attendance.  NW Team 11 Incident Command, Entiat Fire Chief, Forest Service District Ranger, and NW Team 11 Fire Behavior Analyst each addressed attendees with updates, concerns and how best to prepare for the expected increase in fire behavior.

During the meeting, Entiat Fire Chief Asher spoke to his friends and neighbors with “compassion” as he explained the current situation and the potential for this fire to continue to grow significantly.

Evacuation notices increased from Level 1 to Level 2 at 2:00 PM yesterday based on increased fire activity and forecasted wind information for the incident. This Level 2 evacuation is for both sides of the Entiat River Road from Mad River Road to the end of the Entiat River Road, to include Mud Creek Road. Ardenvoir is currently not affected. Level 2 means to “Get Set”; be packed and prepared to evacuate in case a higher level of evacuation is issued.

A Type 1 Incident Management Team is en-route and expected to arrive today to begin transition. The Type 1 Team will assume management of the incident in the next day or two.

Cougar Creek Fire: 8:45 a.m., 8/1/18
Fire Officials report the Cougar Creek wildfire located 20 miles northwest of Entiat has doubled in size to 803 acres. There is currently 0% containment according to PIO Norma Brock. Officials have scheduled a community information meeting on Wednesday (8/1/18) at 6 p.m. at the Entiat Fire Station #8.

The fire, which started on July 28th, has produced a smoke column that is visible for miles. It is burning in heavy timber, snags, and logs in steep inaccessible terrain. Brock indicated the fire is moving toward the footprint of the 1994 Tyee Fire Complext, which will actually benefit fire fighting efforts. “Crews can use old access points and control lines from the Tyee Fire rather than having to develop fresh ones,” she said. (see map below)

Brock also reported that a Type 1 Team will be moving into the area, possibly by the end of the week. “These teams have more people and more resources,” said Brock. She indicated the Type 1 Team has been requested because of the complexity of this fire as well as the number of other fires in the area. “Type 1 teams can handle larger, more complex fires and multiple events.”

As of Tuesday, there was a level 1 Fire Advisory for both sides of the Entiat River Road from Mad River Road to the end of the Entiat River Road, to include Mud Creek Road. Ardenvoir is not affected. A temporary flight restriction (TFR) remains in place over the Cougar Creek fire area restricting public access for aircrafts including drones. The public is reminded that all air operations are grounded any time a drone is sighted with the TFR, which inhibits their ability to do critical fire suppression efforts. Flying with the TFR is prohibited and against the law.

Current Road & Trail Closures (this list will be upated as conditions change)

Forest Service Road #6101 is closed from Deer Camp to Maverick Saddle
Forest Service Road #5200 is closed from French Corral To Maverick Saddle
Alder Ridge Trail #1523 is closed above the Faultline Road #6104 (where the seasonal closure begins)
Chikamin Tie Trail #1561.1 is closed above Forest Service Road #6210
Closures on the Entiat Ranger District:
Upper Mad River Trail System
Tommy Creek Trail
Smoke: A large smoke column from the Cougar Creek fire is visible from several communities in the area. Smoke may filter into surrounding communities. For more information on smoke and public health, please visit: wasmoke.blogspot.com.
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Re: BIG Entiat Fire!!!
« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2018, 02:00:32 PM »
Congratulations, Terry!

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Re: BIG Entiat Fire!!! Updated
« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2018, 03:17:31 PM »
Update, 12:05 a.m. Saturday: ENTIAT — The community of Ardenvoir is on Level 3 evacuations (get out now) due to fire activity on the Cougar Creek Fire. Entiat River Road from Crum Canyon to Ardenvoir in on Level 2 (be ready to leave) and Entiat River Road from Highway 97/A to Crum Canyon is on Level 1 (be aware).


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Re: BIG Entiat Fire!!! UPDATED!!!
« Reply #4 on: August 13, 2018, 09:20:37 AM »
More Bad News!!!  :shocked:   https://www.ncwlife.com/cougar-creek-fire-update/

Monday Aug. 13 AM Update:

The winds have subsided but the firefight continues in the Upper Entiat valley on the Cougar Creek Fire. The fire escaped containment lines during Saturday’s windstorm crossing over the Entiat River and threatening homes in the Potato Creek and Ardenvoir areas.

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Re: BIG Entiat Fire!!! UPDATED!!!
« Reply #5 on: August 14, 2018, 11:05:19 AM »
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/6053/45772/
Cougar Creek Fire Wildfire
News – 1:56 hrs. ago
Acreage: 31,062
Containment: 5 percent Personnel: 1,205

Community Meeting:
Tuesday, August 14: Chelan Performing Arts Center, 215 Webster Ave., 6:00 p.m.

Cougar Creek Fire:

Firefighters continued a direct attack Monday on the Cougar Creek Fire. With 300 residential and commercial structures threatened, a structure-protection team stayed on scene along the fire’s eastern edge in Entiat River Valley. No structures have been damaged or destroyed in this fire. “Our crews accomplished a lot Monday and our priority is to hold and secure these areas and keep the fire away from Ardenvoir,” says Deputy Incident Commander Carlton Joseph.

Through Monday night, additional crews conducted firing operations to secure line along the southeastern to southwestern perimeter to protect the community of Ardenvoir. No new growth was reported along the northern section of the fire. A firefighter was treated for a rattlesnake bite Monday and is expected to be back on duty Wednesday.

Light winds forecast for Tuesday bring another window of opportunity for firefighters to aggressively attack the fire. Tuesday’s priorities include reinforcing fireline at the Tyee Creek ridge, continuing structure protection, and completing fireline around the Entiat River Valley. Along the southern perimeter, crews will proceed with firing operations between Sugarloaf Peak and the Ardenvoir area along the fire’s southern perimeter. This will strengthen containment lines prior to Wednesday’s anticipated winds.

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Re: BIG Entiat Fire!!! UPDATED!!!
« Reply #6 on: August 14, 2018, 02:11:18 PM »
 :shocked: :shocked: :shocked:

https://www.wenatcheeworld.com/news/2018/aug/13/wildfire-smoke-pushes-air-quality-hazardous-range/

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The state Department of Ecology posted air quality readings for a Wenatchee Valley College monitor on Fifth Street in Wenatchee.

NCW — Wildfire smoke pushed air quality into the “very unhealthy” and “hazardous” range across North Central Washington Monday.

Air quality was in the very unhealthy range about 8 p.m. Monday in Wenatchee, according to a state department of Ecology monitor at Wenatchee Valley College on Fifth Street.

Ecology recommends everyone stay indoors, do only light activities and keep windows closed during hazardous air quality conditions.

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Re: BIG Entiat Fire!!! UPDATED!!!
« Reply #7 on: August 16, 2018, 04:27:32 PM »
https://www.wenatcheeworld.com/news/2018/aug/15/cougar-creek-fire-containment-up/
Cougar Creek Fire | Evacuation levels lowered, containment up
by Pete O'Cain Aug. 16, 2018, 4:05 p.m.
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Update, 10:35 a.m. Thursday: ENTIAT — All evacuation levels at the Cougar Creek Fire were downgraded by one level at 10 a.m. Thursday and containment has increased.

The areas on the highest levels of alert are Mad River Road and Ardenvoir, which are under Level 2 evacuation notices (be read to leave). A Level 1 advisory notice is in effect for Entiat River Road from Mad River Road to Crum Canyon.

After a string of days with favorable weather conditions, crews have reached 35 percent containment of the 32,000-acre fire north of Entiat. Though residents could see some new plumes of smoke Thursday.

Winds of 20 mph in the Entiat River Valley, and high on ridgetops, are expected Thursday, which could increase fire activity.

“This is a look up, look down, and look around day,” said Fire Behavior Analyst Jeff Shelton in a news release from the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. “What flames were creeping yesterday will be chewing today.”

There’s a potential for fire spotting Thursday; residents can expect to see smoke plumes, the release says.

Crews suppressed a two-acre spot fire Wednesday along the the southern perimeter and hope to have it contained today.

Also on Wednesday, helicopters dropped water in the areas of Grandma Creek on the northeastern perimeter, and Potato Creek, inside the perimeter.

The incident command post is moving Thursday from Entiat High School to the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery. Management of fire operations will transition Friday from California Interagency Incident Management Team 5 to Pacific Northwest Team 3.

“We had zero loss of homes. We would have lost structures without your firefighters and your leadership,” said Mike Asher, chief of Chelan County Fire District 8. “On behalf of our residents, I thank you.”

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Re: BIG Entiat Fire!!! UPDATED!!!
« Reply #8 on: August 16, 2018, 04:29:39 PM »
https://www.wenatcheeworld.com/news/2018/aug/15/poor-air-quality-to-continue-for-some-time/WENATCHEE

It doesn’t look like the smoke is going away anytime soon.

The National Weather Service reported Wednesday that Washington had the worst air quality in the country. According to the Washington Department of Ecology, Wenatchee had the worst air quality in the state.

“In Western Washington, we were expecting to see some clearing (Wednesday), but that got pushed back to (Thursday),” said Ecology spokesman Andrew Wineke. “In Eastern Washington, it’s a dicier picture because of those local fires. We’re really expecting to see, at least locally, continued poor air quality for some time to come.”

The smoke could last into September, Wineke said.

“Short-term, it’s going to depend on how close you are to the fires,” he said. “Certainly in the Okanogan, there’s going to be a lot of poor air quality in the days ahead. Longer term, you can’t predict, but there’s enough going on that there’s reason to be concerned about air quality at least for the next few weeks.”

As of 2 p.m. Wednesday, Ecology’s air quality index reading for Wenatchee was 318, meaning hazardous. Visibility was 6 miles, and wind speeds were a little over 3 mph.

Here were other local readings:

Chelan — hazardous (310)
Leavenworth — very unhealthy (209)
Quincy — unhealthy (192)
Plain — unhealthy (191)
Wineke said wildfires in British Columbia were adding to the problem.

“We’re seeing smoke on both sides of the state from that, but in Eastern Washington, the local fires are really pushing it over the top,” he said.

Wildfire smoke can cause burning eyes, sore throats, headaches, coughing and shortness of breath.

Ecology advises everyone to limit time outdoors, set their air-conditioning to recirculation and keep pets inside if possible. Certain groups are especially vulnerable, including those with heart or lung disease, asthma or diabetes; people who have had a stroke; children; people over 65; and pregnant women.

In areas with hazardous air quality, Wineke said residents should consider wearing a mask if they must go outside.

“It won’t get everything, but it’ll help,” he said.

For current conditions, the latest forecast and other wildfire smoke information, visit wasmoke.blogspot.com.

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Re: BIG Entiat Fire!!! UPDATED!!!
« Reply #9 on: September 04, 2018, 08:17:45 PM »
The Latest update shows it is 64% contained and still 43,000 Acres!!!

 https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6053

 


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