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Saturday, September 12, 2015

9/12/2015 Wolverine and First Creek Fire Updates

With hot, dry and unstable weather forecast for today, recreationists, hunters and firewood cutters are asked to exercise extreme caution and to observe national forest and road closures as they go about their weekends. Fire managers are also asking the public to not be alarmed about the occasional sighting of smoke. Fire staff are aware of possible increased fire activity today and are taking all necessary precautions. Active fire areas will be staffed today by ground crews, engines, dozers, water tenders and five helicopters. Aerial support includes 3 heavy, 2 light and 1 Type 2 helicopters that will be directed as needed.
Wolverine: The Wolverine Fire grew a modest 185 acres yesterday, as measured by overnight infrared technology. Most of that growth occurred in the Three Creek and Shetipo Creek drainage areas, but within existing fire perimeters. No infrared heat was detected on the north boundary. Firefighters will be watching for afternoon shifting winds that could intensify the heat in upper drainages with possible spotting up to one-half mile. Crews will be on the lookout for fire moving into areas of unburned fuel.
First Creek: The repair of fire lines to minimize future erosion risk will take center stage today. The fire is largely smoldering, but could become more active today given forecast weather conditions. Operators will continue their work of the last couple days of using two hand-held infrared detectors around local structures to seek out remaining hot spots and to extinguish them. Residents of the First Creek area are asked to be aware of the possibility of mudslides following any rain. Visit: http://www.centralwashingtonfirerecovery.info/floodwatch or contact the Emergency Management offices listed below for more information.
Blankenship: Currently on patrol status, this 212-acre spot fire will continue to be monitored today for the presence of hot spots. The Pacific Crest Trail remains open.
Weather: Yesterday’s forecast for warmer and drier weather proved accurate and similar conditions are expected for today. The Haines Index for today is 6, with 6 being the highest risk rating, indicating very unstable atmospheric conditions. An unstable atmosphere promotes fire growth. A heat trough is expected to be moving in. According to the incident meteorologist, today’s winds may be followed tomorrow by a cold front and a drop in temperatures by as much as ten degrees. Smoke may become more visible to members of the public as fire behavior increases.
Evacuation/Aid Information: LEVEL 1 areas: Entiat River Road starting at approximately mile post 21.5 (Brief) up to the end of Entiat River Road; First Creek Road and South Shore from Morning Sun Drive to Shady Pass.

Road Closures and Evacuations:
· Douglas County Emergency Management: 509-888-6841 http://tinyurl.com/DouglasCtyEM
· Chelan County Emergency Management: 509-667-6863, http:www.co.chelan.wa.us
· Road & Hwy Info: wsdot.com Twitter: @wsdot
· Washington State Patrol: 509-682-8090
Note: Forest closures are still in place, but have been modified. Check the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest webpage for details. Fire restrictions remain in effect so please remain vigilant and prevent human caused wildfires.
National Forest area closures: http://goo.gl/aTr8bU
National Park Service closures: www.nps.gov/noca/index.htm

· Methow Ranger District:
· Wenatchee River District:
· Chelan Ranger District:
· Entiat Ranger District:
509-784-4700

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