From the Incident Command Post

Monday, August 18, 2014


After last week’s substantial rainfall, firefighters took advantage of the opportunities to build direct line on the two active fires and made substantial progress in their containment efforts over the weekend. Although a warming and drying trend is expected to continue through today, fire behavior is expected to remain at a minimum. Information officers will continue to visit the communities of Twisp, Winthrop, and Mazama to provide information to the public on the Little Bridge Creek, Upper Falls, and Carlton Complex Fires.

The Little Bridge Creek Fire, located 10 miles west of Winthrop, WA between Canyon Creek and Little Bridge Creek, is 37% contained. The fire burn area is still at 4,958 acres which is no increase from yesterday’s report. Fire behavior is minimal at this time. Crews made good progress with direct line on the north and south sides of the fire. Resources will continue to mop-up and construct direct lines around the perimeter of the fire. Information is at

The Upper Falls Fire, located 17 miles north of Winthrop, remains at 8,120 acres of burned area. The fire is now 35% contained. Dense timber stands with heavy dead fuels continue to smolder and creep within the interior of the burn area. Fire behavior remains minimal because of the recent rainfall from last week. Fire resources are continuing with direct line and mop-up activities.  Information is at

The Carlton Complex, located five miles SW of Okanogan, is 95% contained and burned 256,108 acres. There remains some smoldering on the interior of the burn area. Crews are continuing with suppression repair in conjunction with Washington DNR and forest resource advisors. Information is at


All Level 1 evacuations have been lifted. The 8-Mile, Falls Creek, Little Bridge Creek, and Twisp River drainages are still closed to entry on National Forest lands because of the Forest closure order. Finley Road (#4100300) and Pole Pick Mountain Road (#4100500 and #4100535) remain closed and are impassable.

The incident management team is also coordinating initial attack response for the Methow Valley Ranger District.


Total personnel–1,436 Hot shot crews–10 Type 2 crews–25
Type 1 helicopters–2 Type 2 helicopters–2 Type 3 helicopters–2
Engines–103 Water tenders–25 Dozers–10


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