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Saturday, September 19, 2015

9/19/2015 North Star and Tunk Block Fire Update


Tunk Block Fire: Suppression repair is the primary focus of activities that are occurring on the Tunk Block Fire. These efforts seek to mitigate resource concerns caused by fireline construction and the use of roads to access the fire. As much as possible, fire and land managers want to restore the roads and areas where firelines were constructed to pre-fire conditions. This work is specifically designed to minimize sediment delivery into streams and rivers and minimize gully and surface erosion. Approximately 130 miles of suppression repair have been completed on the Tunk Block Fire. Firefighters are responding to smokes of concern as needed.

North Star Fire: Like the Tunk Block Fire, crews are focusing their activities on suppression repair. Chipping of cut material along roads is occurring. approximately 145 miles of suppression repair have been completed on the North Star Fire. Firefighters are responding to smokes of concern as needed. Most of the smoke still visible is from interior islands burning out.

Weather:
The weather is predicted to be warm and dry through Sunday afternoon. Beginning Sunday afternoon or Monday morning, a cold front is predicted to pass through the area.

Evacuations
: All evacuations have been lifted. There are no evacuations.

Closures:
The Okanogan-Wenatchee and Colville National Forests have closures encompassing the entire fire areas and adjacent forested areas. Other areas outside of the burned areas remain open to recreation, hunting and woodcutting. Colville Indian Reservation forest and recreational areas within the fires are closed. See the maps at http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprd3854418.pdf and http://tinyurl.com/OkaWen-Closure-Map for more specific information.
Donation Information: The Long Term Recovery Group is accepting donations to benefit anyone affected by the Eastern Washington fires. They are located at 41 Apple Way in Okanogan (the formal Tribal Bingo Hall) http://www.cfncw.org/fire/. The Red Cross also accepts donations (1-800-Red-Cross).

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