Eagle Fire Update for 08/24/2013
Incident: Eagle Fire Wildfire
Washington Incident Management Team 2
Incident Commander – Nathan Rabe
Deputy Incident Commander – Rex Reed
EAGLE FIRE- UPDATE
AUGUST 24, 2013 0900
FIRE INFORMATION WEBSITE: www.inciweb.org/incident/3685
INFO PHONE: 509-548-1143
Good progress continues to be made on the Eagle Fire. Containment lines have been completed along Eagle Creek Road on the south side of the fire and also along the east and west fire perimeter. Mop-up to remove threats close to the perimeter continues today; in some cases that work has been completed 150’ inside the fire line. Preparations are underway to finish the fire line between existing anchor points along the north side of the fire where very steep terrain and dry fuels continue to challenge firefighting efforts.
Currently, 810 firefighters are assigned to the fire which includes 17 hand crews, 5 helicopters, four dozers and 23 single engines.
A public meeting was held in Leavenworth last night to discuss the current fire situation, fire planning efforts, and provide resource information for local residents after fire personnel leave. Fire managers stressed public and firefighter safety as part of the risk assessment when decisions are made about firefighting tactics. Approximately 40 residents attended the meeting which was well received by the community.
The strategy for this fire remains full suppression along the north side of the fire, and mop-up along the west, south and east sides, working both day and night shifts.
The Eagle fire began on National Forest lands on Monday, August 19 and quickly grew to over 100 acres. The current acreage is now estimated at 1300 acres; the cause is still under investigation. Washington Incident Management Team #2 assumed responsibility for the fire on Wednesday.
All businesses and visitor facilities are open in the Leavenworth area. While there may be some smoke in the area and an increase in fire traffic traveling through Leavenworth, Incident Managers want to assure visitors that Leavenworth and the surrounding areas are open for business as usual.
Local resources assigned to the fire include those from the United States Forest Service (USFS), the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, (WA DNR) and Chelan County Fire District 3 with assistance from other local Chelan County fire districts. The Chelan County Sherriff’s office is providing assistance with evacuations and road closures. The US Fish and Wildlife Service is providing the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery as a Base Camp and Incident Command Post. The Chumstick Wildfire Stewardship Coalition is also assisting the efforts of the Incident Management Team.
Evacuation levels: There are currently 65 residences or structures along Eagle Creek Road under Level 2 Evacuation. Areas in Evacuation level 3 dropped to a Level 2 on Friday morning.
Level 1: This is an initial notification in person to inform the residents of the situation, and the process which may follow.
Level 2: At this point we request people consider leaving the area, or be ready to leave at a moment’s notice due to the high possibility of the fire reaching the area. Access back into the area may be limited at this point.
Level 3: The fire is in the area, people are to leave immediately. Access to the area is restricted.
Closures: Eagle Creek Road is closed to the public about 3 miles above the junction with the Chumstick Road.
The Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest has closed some National Forest lands near the fire to entry. Please refer to the closure map for order 826 available on Inciweb http://www.inciweb.org or on the Okanogan-Wenatchee NF Website: http://go.usa.gov.DqRW
For additional information on evacuation levels or road closures, please refer to the Chelan County Emergency Management Facebook page. The public is asked to stay clear of the road closure areas and minimize traffic on roads accessed by firefighting crews. Fire danger remains high across Washington State. Be sure to check with your fire agencies for local fire restrictions, forest and state closures.
Smoke can be of concern to elderly, young children, and anyone with respiratory health. Those persons may need to limit outdoor activities or take precautions by staying indoors until conditions improve. For more information on air quality: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/air/local.html
Two minor injuries have been reported on this fire.
The Washington Incident Management Team 2 appreciates your support and patience while firefighters work to manage the Eagle Fire.
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