Eagle Fire Update 08/25/2013
Incident: Eagle Fire Wildfire
Washington Incident Management Team 2
Incident Commander – Nathan Rabe
Deputy Incident Commander – Rex Reed
EAGLE FIRE UPDATE
AUGUST 25, 2013 (1530)
FIRE INFORMATION WEBSITE: www.inciweb.org/incident/3685
INFO PHONE: 509-548-1143 or 509-548-1144
Good progress continues to be made on the Eagle Fire. Containment lines have been completed along the west south and east sides of the fire. Mop-up to remove threats close to the perimeter continues today; in some cases that work has been completed 150’ inside the fire line. The strategy for this fire remains full suppression along the north side of the fire, with mop-up along the west, south and east sides during the day and with night patrols.
The planned burnout was cancelled due to unfavorable weather conditions. Another attempt for a burnout is planned as weather conditions permit. Aircraft will continue supporting the operation along with coordinated ground support.
Currently, 642 firefighters are assigned to the fire, including 13 hand crews, 5 helicopters, 3 dozers, 10 water tenders and 38 single engines.
The Eagle Fire began on National Forest lands on Monday, August 19 and quickly grew to over 100 acres. The current acreage is 1313 acres. The cause is still under investigation. Washington Incident Management Team #2 assumed responsibility for the fire on Wednesday.
All businesses and visitor facilities are open in the Leavenworth area. While there may be some smoke in the area and an increase in fire traffic traveling through Leavenworth, Incident Managers want to assure visitors that Leavenworth and the surrounding areas are open for business as usual.
Local resources assigned to the fire include those from the United States Forest Service (USFS), the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, (WA DNR) and Chelan County Fire District 3 with assistance from other local Chelan County fire districts. The Chelan County Sheriff’s office is providing assistance with evacuations and road closures. The US Fish and Wildlife Service is providing the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery as a Base Camp and Incident Command Post. The Chumstick Wildfire Stewardship Coalition is also assisting the efforts of the Incident Management Team.
Evacuation levels and closures:
Eagle Creek County Road is closed to public entry approx. 3 miles above the Chumstick Road Junction. Bjork Canyon Road is closed to public entry at its junction with Eagle Creek Road.
The evacuation level for residents along Bjork Canyon Road and for Eagle Creek Road adjacent to the burn is Level 2. The lower portion of the Eagle Creek road between the fire and Chumstick Highway is at a Level 1 Evacuation.
The Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest has closed some National Forest lands near the fire to entry. Please refer to the closure map for order 826 available on Inciweb http://www.inciweb.org/3685 or on the Okanogan-Wenatchee NF Website: http://go.usa.gov.DqRW
For additional information on evacuation levels or road closures, please refer to the Chelan County Emergency Management Facebook page. The public is asked to stay clear of the road closure areas and minimize traffic on roads accessed by firefighting crews. Fire danger remains high across Washington State. Be sure to check with your fire agencies for local fire restrictions, forest and state closures.
Smoke can be of concern to elderly, young children, and anyone with respiratory health. Those persons may need to limit outdoor activities or take precautions by staying indoors until conditions improve. For more information on air quality: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/air/local.html
Two minor injuries have been reported on this fire.
The Washington Incident Management Team 2 appreciates your support and patience while firefighters work to manage the Eagle Fire.
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