Mile Post 10 Daily Update for August 14
Incident: Milepost 10 Wildfire
Planned Actions Today: Public and firefighter safety will be the top priority. Firefighters will continue to mop up and ensure any risk of escape is eliminated. Fire personnel will continue to be released to their home units.
Mile Post 10: The Milepost 10 Fire is located 0.5 miles south of Malaga, about 8 miles south of Wenatchee. It was burning in dry grass on steep rocky slopes, cliffs and benches above the Columbia River near the Rock Island Dam.
The fire is 5,788 acres; the change in acreage reflects more accurate mapping. Evacuation levels have been lowered to Level 1 for all residents in the area of the Mile Post 10 Fire.
Remaining resources will transfer to a local command and continue to patrol and monitor the fires on Thursday, August 15, 2013.
Colockum Tarps Fire: The fire remains at 98% contained and 80,184 acres. Crews continue to mop up the perimeter and continue to locate and extinguish pockets of heat. All evacuations levels have been reduced to Level 1, and road closures will remain in place and will be re-evaluated on Thursday.
Weather Outlook: A high pressure system has re-established over the area, with only a slight chance of thundershowers later in the week. The forecast is for drier and warmer conditions with decreased relative humidity.
Road Closures: Due to the flooding, the Malaga-Alcoa Highway was closed at Mile Post 12; all roads that were closed are now open to local traffic only.
Fire season is still ongoing and firefighters need the public’s help. We’re asking people to please be cautious, alert and to report any fires to 800-562-6010. With the thunderstorms that have occurred throughout Washington, we need people to be extremely careful, as it could be a long fire season.
Homeowners are encouraged to help firefighters by creating a 30-foot zone of fire-resistant space around your home will help prevent fires from starting near or spreading to your home. In addition, consider using fire resistant plants and landscaping that may help to protect your house from a wildfire. For more tips on how to better protect your home, visit www.firewise.org or www.smokeybear.com.
Acres Burned: 5,788 acres
Structures Destroyed: None
Closures: Malaga-Alcoa Highway open to residents only at MP12
Evacuations: Level 1
Containment: 100%RESOURCES (for both MP10 and Colockum Tarps)
Water Tenders: 2
Total personnel: Approx. 222
Cooperating Agencies: Washington State Department of Natural Resources, Bureau of Land Management, Chelan County Fire District #1, Washington State Patrol