Incident: Yakima Complex Wildfire
THIS WILL BE THE FINAL UPDATE
FOR THE YAKIMA COMPLEX
Incident Commander Bob Johnson and all the members of Washington Interagency Incident Management Team #1 would like to express their thanks to the communities of Kittitas and Yakima Counties for their support during the suppression of the Yakima Complex.
Transition: Today will be the final operational shift for many of the Yakima Complex personnel. Initial attack responsibilities will shift back to local resources. A smaller type 3 incident management organization will be in place for the Wild Rose Fire. Smoke may be visible on Wild Rose and some of the more remote wilderness fires until snow and rain arrive to fully extinguish them. Fire personnel will continue to patrol and monitor fires in the Yakima Complex.
Fire Information: The Joint Fire Information Center will be available to provide current fire information on all fires in Central Washington. They can be reached at 509-664-9374.
Current Situation: The Wild Rose fire has not grown in the past five days. All control lines are holding. Today crews continue mopping up to assure no heat is detected that would jeopardize control lines. Pockets of unburned fuel within the interior of the fire are expected to produce smoke until extinguished by rain and snow. The remaining fires on the Complex are contained and are being mopped up or are in patrol status (extinguished, but monitored) with the exception of Gold Hill and Kettle Creek fires. These fires are in the Norse Peak and William O. Douglas Wilderness areas and may be seen from Highway 410. The fires are being monitored and managers are assessing continued resource needs.
Fire Prevention: With continued dry conditions, fire season is still not over in Washington. Firefighters count on the public to help reduce risk. When residents of a fire prone community clear brush, trees and other flammable materials away from their homes, it helps keep residents and firefighters safe. More information on what can be done around homes in fire prone communities can be found at www.firewise.org.
For road and trail closure information contact: Cle Elum Ranger District: 509.852.1100, Naches Ranger District: 509.653.1401 DNR Southeast Region office: 509.925.8522
Cooperating Agencies: Department of Natural Resources, Kittitas Valley Fire Rescue, Kittitas County Fire Districts 1 and 7, Kittitas and Yakima County Sheriff Departments, United States Forest Service, and the Bureau of Land Management