State Fire Mobilization Authorized for Nahahum Canyon Fire

July 30, 2010

State fire assistance has been mobilized to support local firefighters working to contain the Nahahum

Canyon Fire near Cashmere, in Chelan County. Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste authorized the

mobilization of state firefighting resources on July 30, 2010 at 5:15 p.m. at the request of Chelan County Fire

District # 6. The fire started at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday July 29th, the cause of the fire is unknown. The fire has

grown to an estimated 500 acres. There are approximately 50 residences threatened by the fire with advisory

evacuations put into place. Mobilization specialists from the Office of the State Fire Marshal have ordered one

strike teams of wildland engines (5 engines) to supplement the resources already fighting the fire from the

Department of Natural Resources and National Park Service. The State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at Camp

Murray has been activated to Phase II, to coordinate state assistance for the Nahahum Canyon Fire. Personnel from

the Office of the State Fire Marshal will be on scene to coordinate dispatch of resources, and other personnel

will staff the State EOC. Under the mobilization plan, the Fire Protection Bureau will be coordinating the initial

dispatch of firefighters, engines, water tenders, and helicopters. The State Fire Services Mobilization Plan is

implemented to provide personnel, equipment and other resources from around the state when wildfires exceed the

firefighting capacity of local jurisdictions.


**The Apple Valley Chapter of the American Red

Cross has opened a shelter at the Cashmere High for people evacuating from the Nahahum Canyon Fire. Residents

should make their way immediately to the shelter and will be welcomed by Red Cross volunteers. Inquiries for Red

Cross shelter can direct their questions to the Red Cross at (509) 663-3907.