Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Fuels are expected to continue to dry today, but fire behavior should remain at a minimum with the cooler temperatures. The incident management team is also coordinating initial attack response for the Methow Valley Ranger District should any holdover fires from last week’s lightening pop up.

The Little Bridge Creek Fire, located 10 miles west of Winthrop, WA between Canyon Creek and Little Bridge Creek, is 64% contained. The fire burn area is still at 4,958 acres. There is minimal fire activity. Crews continue to mop-up and construct direct lines. Information is at inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4051.

The Upper Falls Fire, located 17 miles north of Winthrop, remains at 8,120 acres of burned area. The fire is now 44% contained. There is some smoldering and creeping in the heavy dead and down fuels along Bud Creek and 8 Mile Creek. Crews continue to mop-up and construct direct lines around the perimeter of the fire. Information is at inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4060.

The Carlton Complex is located five miles SW of Okanogan. The complex is 256,108 acres and 97% contained. Crews are continuing with suppression repair in conjunction with the Washington Department of Natural Resources and forest resource advisors. Information is at inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3967.

There are no evacuation notices in the fire area. 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.

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 Fire but will reduce the number of bulletin boards and stops. Call 509-997-0880 for the location of your neighborhood board or for more fire information.

Total personnel–1,378

Hot shot crews–11

Type 2 crews–18

Type 1 helicopters–1

Type 2 helicopters–1

Type 3 helicopters–2

Engines–75

Water tenders–20

Dozers–5

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