Mile Post 10 Daily Update for August 12
Incident: Milepost 10 Wildfire
Planned Actions Today: Public and firefighter safety will be the top priority. Firefighters will continue to mop up and secure the existing lines. Hand crews, engine crews, and aircraft will be available. Personnel are working to ensure that the perimeter is secure and any risk of escape is eliminated. They are focusing on the area just above Cathedral Rock Road on the Mile Post 10 fire and the upper reaches of Stray Gulch and Tekison drainage on the Colockum Tarps Fire. Both aerial and hand-held infrared detection are being used to locate and extinguish pockets of heat.
Community Meeting: A community meeting was held on Monday evening at the Chelan Fire District 1 Station in Malaga. Over 40 members of the public attended and received updates from fire officials, county officials, and agency partners. The meeting was very positive and residents were thanked for their patience during the two wildland fires.
Mile Post 10: The Milepost 10 Fire is located 0.5 miles south of Malaga, about 8 miles south of Wenatchee. It was burning in dry grass on steep rocky slopes, cliffs and benches above the Columbia River near the Rock Island Dam.
The fire is 5,684 acres; the change in acreage reflects more accurate mapping. Evacuation levels have been lowered for all residents in the area of the Mile Post 10 Fire.
Colockum Tarps Fire: The fire remains at 98% contained and 80,184 acres. Crews continue to mop up the perimeter and continue to locate and extinguish pockets of heat. All evacuations levels have been reduced to Level 1, and road closures will remain in place and will be re-evaluated on Thursday.
Weather Outlook: A high pressure system has re-established over the area, with only a slight chance of thundershowers later in the week. Drier and warmer conditions are expected Tuesday and Wednesday with decreased relative humidity.
Road Closures: Due to the flooding, the Malaga-Alcoa Highway was closed at Mile Post 12; all roads that were closed are now open to local traffic only.
Fire Prevention: Fire season is beginning to heat up 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 in fire prone communities can be found at www.firewise.org.
Cooperating Agencies: Washington State Department of Natural Resources, Bureau of Land Management, Chelan County Fire District #1, Washington State PatrolFIRE STATUS
Acres Burned: 5,684 acres
Structures Destroyed: None
Closures: Malaga-Alcoa Highway open to residents only at MP12
Evacuations: Level 1
Containment: 90%RESOURCES (for both MP10 and Colockum Tarps)
Water Tenders: 8
Total personnel: Approx. 240