UPPER FALLS FIRE UPDATE (Aug. 8, 2014) from the Incident Command Post

August 8, 2014 8:00 a.m.
Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team- Pete Blume, Incident Commander
Information Center: 509-996-9971
Hours of operation: 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Email: upperfallsfire@gmail.com

Yesterday
The fire continued to burn actively. Crews established an anchor point and a safety zone along Falls Creek Road and began hand line construction. Dozers also constructed line. Helicopters dropped
water to check and delay movement to the west and south and to keep the fire on the ground (prevent crowning).

Today
Dozer and hand line will continue between Falls Creek Road and the Farewell Fire burn scar. Dozer and hand line will be constructed up to Eight Mile Ridge and west into Eight Mile Creek. Some firing operations may occur to defend and control as necessary. Helicopters will continue to drop water to check and delay movement to the west and south.

Air resources are playing a vital role in the successful containment of this fire and are supporting other fires and initial attack on new fires.

Anyone who believes they have a new start is encouraged to call 911. Local fire departments continue to respond to 911 calls reporting new starts.

Evacuations (including all evacuations in the Methow Valley area)
Level 1: Pine Forest, Sun Mountain Resort, East Chewuch Road to Boulder Creek, Pearrygin Lake State Park and the Twisp River from Elbow Coulee to the Forest Boundary.

No areas are in Level 2 or 3.

Weather: Sunny, Highs low 70s; wind from the southwest at 7mph with gusts to 15

Fire Statistics
Start Date: 08/03/2014 Size: 4,426 acres
Location: 17 miles north of Winthrop, WA; 37 miles northwest of Omak, WA
Resources Assigned: 1 Type 1 hand crews, 1 Type 2 Initial Attack crew, 11 engines, 2 dozers
Total Personnel: 82 Percent Contained: 0%

Closures
Forest closures: call the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest (509) 996-4000 or go to http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/okawen/alerts-notices
Highway closures: Washington Department of Transportation at http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/
Other places to get information
Twitter: #UpperFallsFire
Inciweb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4060/
Firefighter thank-yous: https://www.facebook.com/RockyMtn.Type1.IMT.PIOs