Latest fire update from the Fire Information Officer: The Okanogan Complex, which burned 123 homes, is listed as 45 percent contained and the Chelan Complex, which burned 21 homes, is listed as 55 percent contained.
Yesterday’s Activities: The continuation of cooler, wetter weather allowed crews to take advantage of opportunities to build line closer to the fires edge where it was safe and effective to do so. Cooler temperatures across the fires, combined with relative humidity values of 40-50 percent subdued fire behavior. Fire continues to smolder and creep in forest debris such as needles, small twigs and branches.
OKANOGAN – Power has been restored to all but 55 customers affected by the Okanogan Complex Fires. The Okanogan County PUD and mutual aid crews continue to work long hours to restore power and our goal is to have power to customers that can have power by this Friday. We have confirmed that 785 poles and 216 miles of distribution line have been burned by the Okanogan Complex Fire. We believe those numbers will increase as we finalize our assessment.
TONASKET – The evacuation shelter set up at the Community Cultural Center in Tonasket is still housing evacuees and feeding the masses three meals a day.
Tonasket School District Press Release August 27, 2015 Key Communication Points Concerning the Start of School for Tonasket SD. Communication The district will use the following means to communicate with staff, students, parents, and the community: Reader Board, Press Release, Facebook, email, Robo Calls, District Webpage [...]
OKANOGAN COUNTY – The Okanogan Complex Fire has grown to be the largest wildfire in Washington State History, even surpassing last year’s devastating record breaking fires in the Methow and Pateros areas known as the Carlton Complex.
Community members as well as concerned citizens far and wide have stepped up to offer assistance to those affected by the Okanogan Complex wildfires and the firefighters working hard to prevent further losses. Rhonda Hinkley has been named General Public Liaison, as there are so many grassroots efforts springing forward it’s hard for people seeking [...]
An evacuation shelter and soup kitchen has been established at the Community Cultural Center (CCC) in Tonasket, 411 Western Ave. The shelter has cots for sleeping, hygiene items and some clothing. The soup’s on for a hot meal anytime, as well three meals a day being served around 8 a.m., noon and 6 p.m. This [...]
OKANOGAN – Approximately 500 Okanogan County PUD customers are without power. Mutual Aid crews were scheduled to arrive Monday and Tuesday from PUDs to assist local crews replace over 500 poles that have been destroyed in the fire.
A small grass fire was quickly extinguished by the Tonasket Fire Department next to Bonaparte Creek on Mill Drive in Tonasket Saturday, Aug. 22, around 10 a.m. According to Fire Chief Andy Gasho, a 10′ x 10′ spot was burned. “It looks like someone was hanging out at Bonaparte Creek,” said fire fighter Isaac Kresek. [...]