#ChiwaukumComplex Fire – Near Leavenworth, #WA – Update 7/29/14

Near community of Leavenworth, Washington State a fire burns thousands of acres.

Photo Credit:  Daniel O'Connor via Inciweb

Photo Credit: Daniel O’Connor via Inciweb

Mother Nature Strikes, Causing Fire to Near Iconic Town

Lightning caused a very stubborn fire, refusing to be tapped. It has been a very dangerous, HOT and frustrating fire for Firefighters. The fire started on July 15, 2014, when it was reported around 1300 hours.

Containment Status

It is currently at a 25% containment status.

More Than One Fire Makes This A Super Fire

The Complex Fire is made up of several fires:  Duncan, Kelly, Mills Canyon and Chiwaukum Creek Fires, located in the Okanogan-Wentachee National Forest.  Together, it has burned 12,377 acres with over 1200 Fire Personnel on the ground including 100 National Guardsmen joining in on the firefight.

The location of the fire is near the communities of Leavenworth, Duncan and North of Klone Peak.

  • Chiwaukum Creek Fire

Fire is moving slowly down the slope just North of Thomson Creek towards Route 2.  Creeping and individual torching is being done eliminating unburned fuels in a controlled fashion.  A handline has been built on McCue Ridge using Minimum Impact Suppression Tactics, along North line into the Alpine Lakes Wilderness.  Crews remain confident catching all spot fires along Route 2.  Helos are dropping water as needed.

Photo Credit: Daniel O'Connor via inciweb

Photo Credit: Daniel O’Connor via Inciweb

  • Kelly Mountain Fire

The Entiat and LaGrange Hotshots have mopped up remaining heat and have since been flown off the incident.  It is currently being unstaffed and monitored by aerial resources.

  • Duncan Fire

Heavy equipment and timber harvesters with masticators along with handcrews are currently thinning out trees and brush along Shady Pass Road [Forest Service Rd 5900] and Entiat Road.  There has been some fire activity on the North end on Monday.

  • Mills Canyon Fire

Firefighters have successfully gained a 95% containment perimeter, which has been reduced down to three Engine crews monitoring the current situation for any flareups or issues.  Past infra-red flights indicate there has been little nor heat detected.

Evacuations & Closures

  • Portions of Route 2

From Coles Corner to Mile Post 99, West of Leavenworth.  This is due to increased fire activity and to protect the Public and Firefighters.

InterAgency Cooperators

Many Agencies have come together to form one major Team helping protect Life and Property.

CC3 by Daniel O'Connor

Photo Credit: Daniel O’Connor via Inciweb

We’d like to recognize these Agencies for their tireless efforts, dedication, commitment and compassion for others.

  • Chelan County Fire Districts 1, 3, 4, 8 & 9
  • Washington Department of Natural Resources
  • Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest Personnel
  • Bureau of Land Management Personnel
  • Washington State National Guardsmen
  • American Red Cross
  • Chelan County Emergency Operations Center
  • Chelan County Emergency Services Personnel
  • Chelan County Sheriff’s Office

We know they say they are just doing their jobs, but this is really difficult, HOT and hard work and we’d like to say “Thank You” for the many residents, business owners and those who may not be able to express their gratitude – so we’ll take care of it just for them.

Leavenworth is the Best Place to Visit: Rain, Snow or Fire 

Leavenworth businesses are currently open and getting there will be a fun, memorable adventure in addition to the many activities, shops, restaurants and lodging that are so much to explore and visit.

Directions into and out of beautiful Leavenworth, Washington [Announcement via inciweb]


Weather in Leavenworth

Leavenworth is currently reporting 96-degrees with clear skies and will remain in the 60’s this evening with a slight breeze from 10-15 mph.

However, for firefighters – the current temps and wind speed favor Fire Activity.  Firefighters are beginning to see some relief but could use rain in the forecast to help stop the spread and dampen the dry conditions they continue to face.

Community Meeting Announcement

A Community Meeting will be held on Thursday, July 31, 2014, at 1900 hours at Fire District #8.  The Public is invited to attend this meeting located at 2200 Entiat Way, Entiat, Washington.  It is being hosted by the Southern Area Incident Management Red Team.

The Agenda will include:

  1. Updates on Duncan, Kelly, Mills Canyon and Chiwaukum Fires.
  2. Correcting damage on private or other lands:  DNR, BLM and USFS.
  3. Rehab Status:  Mills Canyon.

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