Wednesday, August 20, 2014

As interior portions of unburned fuels continue to smolder and occasionally torch, smoke is anticipated.  A weather front will continue to pass through the area, bringing continued cooler temperatures through Thursday, along with an increased chance of rain showers over the area.  None of the fires are anticipated to increase in acreage. The incident management team will continue to coordinate initial attack response for the Methow Valley Ranger District as needed.  The team is downsizing resources this week as appropriate.

The Little Bridge Creek Fire, located 10 miles west of Winthrop, WA between Canyon Creek and Little Bridge Creek, is 79% contained. The fire burn area remains at 4,958 acres. There is minimal fire behavior and 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 59% contained. Smoldering and creeping will continue 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 98% contained. Suppression repair continues by crews in the fire perimeter and is anticipated to take a week. Information is at inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3967.

Total personnel–995

Hot shot crews–7

Type 2 crews–11

Type 1 helicopters–1

Type 2 helicopters–1

Type 3 helicopters–2

Engines–46

Water tenders–21

Dozers–8

There are no evacuation notices in the fire area. Many of the area Forest closures associated with the Little Bridge Creek Fire are being lifted today.  For the most current information visit  www.fs.usda.gov/okawen.

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 continue to reduce the number of bulletin boards and stops as appropriate. Call 509-997-0880 for the location of your neighborhood board or for more fire information.

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