Evacuation Update September 22, 2012 10:00 AM
Incident: Wenatchee Complex Wildfire
- BYRD CANYON AND FIRST CREEK FIRES
Suppression efforts have progressed sufficiently on these two incidents to allow lowering evacuation levels to Level 1for First Creek Road, Granite Falls Road, the southern segment of SR 971 (Navarre Coulee) and Johnson Creek Road (off of Navarre Coulee). These changes went into effect at 6:00 pm on September 21.
- POISON CANYON
The evacuation notice for homes on Sky Meadows Road, Brisky Canyon Road including Foltz Lane and Corrigan Road, and the Camas Meadows are being re-evaluated, but remain in effect at a Level 2 until further notice.
- PEAVINE CANYON FIRE
Evacuation levels for Squilchuck and Mission Ridge Roads remain unchanged at a Level 3. Fire has reached the south side of Mission Ridge. Fire managers described yesterday's movement as generally favorable for establishing containment lines; however, considerable work remains before the entire eastern flank of the fire is lined and secured. Until that is accomplished, evacuation levels in these areas are unlikely to change.
- HIGHWAY 97
Traffic on Highway 97 is currently restricted to one lane with a pilot car between mileposts 164 and 167. Fire is approaching the highway from the east and crews are conducting burn out operations from the road. Motorists are advised to allow extra time and exercise caution in the restricted area. Firefighters and their equipment will be along the roadway and visibility likely will be reduced by heavy smoke. Current information on the highway can be obtained on the Washington Department of Transportation website ( www.wsdot.wa.gov ).
- SMOKE MASKS
Masks will be available at four locations within our area: LEAVENWORTH Chelan County Fire District 3, 228 Chumstick Rd. from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CASHMERE Martin's Marketplace 130 Titchenal Way, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. WENATCHEE Chelan County Fire District 1 206 Easy Street 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Chelan County Emergency Management, 408 N. Western 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Evacuation Levels 1, 2, and 3 are akin to a "Ready, Set, Go" level of preparedness with Level 1 asking residents to be ready to evacuate if conditions change, Level 2 meaning residents should be set to go at a moment's notice, and Level 3 meaning authorities are advising residents to evacuate because their homes are in imminent danger.
Up-to-date information on evacuations can be heard on local media in Wenatchee or by checking www.inciweb.org/incident/3258.
- PUBLIC INFORMATION NUMBERS:
Inquiries regarding fire information and evacuation levels should be directed to the Wenatchee Complex Fire Information Section at 509-662-4438 or 509-662-4694. The phones are staffed daily from 6:00 am until 10:00 pm.
For information on fire activity in Okanogan, Kittitas and Yakima Counties , please contact the Joint Information Center (JIC) at 509-664-9353.