Okanogan Complex and Chelan Complex Fire Update 9/2/15, 9 a.m.

Current fires in the Okanogan and Chelan Complexes
Current fires in the Okanogan and Chelan Complexes

Fire Information: 877-568-0458 or 877-574-5148, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.


Okanogan Complex

Chelan Complex

Current Size:147,979 acres

Current Size: 93,694 acres

Containment: 45 percent

Containment: 55 percent

Estimated Cost to Date: $16.4million

Estimated Cost to Date: $12.9 million

Injuries: 6

Injuries: 8

Residences Burned: 123

Residences Burned: 21

Total Personnel: 1,253

Total Personnel: 688

Committed Resources: 20 crews, 103 engines,

16 dozers, 27 water tenders, 4 helicopters

Committed Resources:10 crews, 50 engines, 6 dozers, 23 water tenders, 8 helicopters


LimeBelt Fire (132,037 acres, 35 percent contained): West of the Sinlahekin Valley on the northwest corner of the fire,firefighters have constructed fire line and continue to improve and strengthen it. Firefighters are scouting for areas of concern along the Loup LouCanyon Roadand will construct direct line when fire and weather conditions permit.South ofPeacock Mountainfirefighers continue building fire line and mopping up from previous defensive firing operations. The southwest corner of the fire west of the 42 road, firefighters will look for opportunities to conduct defensive firing operations to limit fire spread to Mineral Hill and Granite Mountain.

Twisp River Fire (11,222 acres, 98 percent contained): About 50 firefighters are still performing direct suppression activities and mopping up. Heavy equipment—including road graders, excavators, water tenders,and dozers—will be returning to the fire area today to assist with suppression-repair efforts.

Nine Mile Fire (4,720 acres, 98 percent contained): The fire will continue to be monitored by air. Suppression-repair crews will remove about 2,000 feet of hose from the fire line.


The southern half of thefire is being patrolled byair and crews will be assessing suppression-repair needs.The fire grew slightlyto the north yesterday near Hungry Mountain. Crews are protecting structures in the GoldCreek area.Air operations, which are benefiting from clear skies, are able to assist firefighters with the challenging northwest corner of the fire. The fire remains south of Rainy Creek.


Warmer drier airis expected to move into the area today, and the relative humidity will be around 25 percent. Southwest winds will be weaker than yesterday,with gusts up to 20 miles per hour. The chance of rain today is very slight.


Information on evacuations is available fromthe Okanogan County Emergency Operations Center at 509-422-7348 and on its Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Okanogan.County.Emergency.Management.


Many firefighters and equipment are working along the roads. Please stay alert and slow down when driving through the fire area. Information on road closures is available from the Okanogan County Emergency Operations Center at 509-422-7348 and on its Facebook page (link above). Additional information about closures is available from the Washington State Department of Transportation at www.wsdot.com/traffic/trafficalerts