August 01, 2010
Good progress was made yesterday on the Wenatchee River Complex of fires,
aided by the rain from the weather system that passed over the area.
Firefighters will take advantage of the weather conditions and work today
to continue to establish, strengthen, and hold fire lines. Initial attack
occurred on three new fire reports yesterday; all were contained.
The Nahahum (pronounced Na-hom) Fire, just over a mile northeast of
Cashmere, is now estimated at over 1500 acres; change in acreage reflects
more detailed information. Following the rainfall yesterday, a firefighting
vehicle slid off the road; there were no injuries in that accident.
Evacuations and Closures:
Chelan County Sheriff Mike Harum, in conjunction with Incident Management
Team #1, has lowered the Level 3 evacuation to a Level 2. As of 9 AM,
local residents may return to their homes; the roadblock will remain in
effect for non-residents. Residents are urged to use caution when
returning to the area; the significant rainfall yesterday left debris on
the road in areas. Fire has changed the environment and returning
homeowners are encouraged to assess their property for possible new
hazards. Birch Mountain Road remains closed to the public.
Firefighting personnel from across the state continue to assist in the
suppression efforts. Structure protection resources mobilized under the
State Fire Marshal continue to provide structure protection on the Nahahum
Fire. Five helicopters are assigned to the fire; 2 retardant planes, 1
Single Engine Air Tanker (SEAT), and additional helicopters are available
The Wenatchee River Complex includes the Nahahum Fire (~1500 acres),
Devil’s Gulch Fire (37 acres), the Tripp Fire (72 acres), and 8 other fires
in the area each of which is less than 2 acres. Recreationists are asked
to avoid these areas for their safety. Public and firefighter safety is
the top priority on all the incidents.
Expected Fire Activity Today:
There is less chance of precipitation today; fine fuels, such as grasses,
can dry out quickly. Winds are forecast to be calm today. Helicopters,
air tankers, engines, dozers, and hand crews will all be utilized where
needed based on fire activity.
Cooperating Agencies: This complex of fires includes land protected by the
US Forest Service, WA Department of Natural Resources, Chelan County Fire
District #6, and Bureau of Land Management; these agencies have together
delegated fire management responsibilities to Washington’s Interagency
Incident Management Team 1 and will be working closely together to ensure
all objectives are addressed. In addition, Team 1 is working closely with
Chelan County Sheriff’s Office, Washington State Patrol, and WA State Fire