Eagle Fire Update for 08/26/2012
Incident: Eagle Fire Wildfire
EAGLE FIRE - UPDATE
AUGUST 26, 2013 1300
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. 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.
The burnout that was cancelled on Sunday will happen this afternoon, weather permitting. Aircraft will be supporting the operation along with ground crews. If the burnout does not occur today, additional attempts will occur later in the week.
Currently, 571 firefighters are assigned to the fire which includes 11 hand crews, 5 helicopters, 3 dozers and 32 single engines.
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.
Firefighters from British Columbia have arrived to assist in fighting fire. These firefighters come from several different locations in BC and include two Type 1 crews and two rappel crews, along with a medium type 2 helicopter.
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/3685 or on the Okanogan-Wenatchee NF Website: http://go.usa.gov.DqRW
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
Three 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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