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Sunday, September 13, 2015

9/13/2015 Chelan Complex Fire Update

Chelan Complex Fire Update

Fire Information: 206-276-9126, 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM

There is a Red Flag Warning today for high winds and low relative humidity. We could see cooler temperatures by 5-10 degrees, but there can be ridgetop wind gusts of 30-35 mph this morning dropping down to 20 mph gusts this afternoon. Firefighters are expecting increased fire behavior today with those increased winds.

You may see helicopters dipping water out of the river near the Gold Creek area. Please exercise caution when driving Highway 153 in that area. Increased smoke was observed in the Method Valley yesterday. The smoke from this fire was coming from islands of unburned fuels slowly burning out in the interior near Saint Luise Creek.

Due to steep and rugged terrain, the northwest side of the fire is proving difficult to access and establish anchor points. The fire will continue to be monitored in the Saint Luise Creek area off the southern portion of headwaters of the South Fork of Gold Creek. Crews will continue to patrol on the south and southeast side of the fire today. Crews will also hold and improve control lines on the north and northeast side of the fire. The objective is to hold the fire north of Sawtooth ridge.

  • The Okanogan Wenatchee National Forest issued an area closure, effective September 4, 2015, for federal lands in the fire area: or
  • Okanogan County Emergency Operations Center provides information on evacuations and road closures:509-422-7348, 

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