Eagle Fire Update August 28, 1300 Hours
Incident: Eagle Fire Wildfire
EAGLE FIRE - UPDATE
AUGUST 28, 2013 1300
FIRE INFORMATION WEBSITE: www.inciweb.org/incident/3685
INFO PHONE: 509-548-2550 NEW!
Good progress continues to be made on the Eagle Fire. The burnout was completed on the north side of the fire, helping secure the line in Bjork Canyon. The small increase in acreage is due to this burnout.
Mop-up and rehabilitation of fire lines is now occurring in all divisions, in some cases that work has been completed 150’ inside the fire line. The strategy for this fire remains full suppression.
Residents will continue to see smoke in the area for several days, as fuels inside the fireline are consumed.
Currently, 367 firefighters are assigned to the fire including 4 hand crews, 2 helicopters, and 8 engines.
The Chelan Sheriff’s office has reduced the evacuation level of the Eagle Creek road to level 1. However, motorists are encouraged to avoid roads in the area, as there is still fire traffic in the area. In addition, school busses are now running their regular routes in the fire area, so all traffic should be aware of congestion.
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
Over the next few days the management of the fire will transition to a local management team and they will manage the firefighting resources that remain on the fire. PLEASE NOTE THE NEW PHONE NUMBER AT THE TOP OF THE PAGE. Washington Incident Management Team 2 appreciates your support and patience while they managed the Eagle Fire.
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. Assistance is also being provided by the British Columbia Forest Service. 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.
Three minor injuries have been reported on this fire.
The Eagle fire began on National Forest lands on Monday, August 19 and quickly grew to over 100 acres. Washington Incident Management Team #2 assumed responsibility for the fire on Wednesday, August 21st
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