21696 Lake Wenatchee Hwy
Leavenworth, WA 98826
Phone 509.763.3034 Fax 509.763.8800
August 7, 2018
Friends, Neighbors and Visitors of the Plain Valley and Lake Wenatchee Area:
As most of you know we have two significant fire events in our area. The first is the Cougar Creek Fire in the Entiat Valley. This fire is around 5,000 acres and growing. The other is the Lost Fire northwest of Plain and it is around 75-100 acres. Both fires have incredible potential to become a risk to the public on many levels. A National Type 1 Team has been assigned to this fire due to the complexity of operations, geographical difficulties and logistical support that will be required. Multiple assets have been requested (some here now and some on the way), aircraft, helicopters, ground forces, heavy equipment and management teams along with the support/logistics to assist them in their duties. LWFR has been working with Type 1 Team members and local USFS personnel in getting them familiarized with the landscape and community risks at stake.
We are scheduling a public meeting that will most likely occur at the Plain Community Church in the next couple days. Information boards are being set up around the community and social media sites are feeding daily info to the public. (More info will follow about exact time and location of the community meeting.)
Terrain, weather and fuels make the Lost Fire a concern for our region. This does not preclude danger from the Cougar Creek Fire but LWFR’s focus is containing the Lost Fire and developing contingencies if it develops into a larger fire moving down valley. To that extent we ask your assistance in staying clear of the trail systems that the teams will be using. Be prepared (yes prepared!) in the event evacuation levels are changed to react to the fire environment. LWFR FAC has a link on lwfr.org giving advice on what to do if or when an evacuation order is given. We are working with Team Leaders to ensure adequate notification is given and increasing the avenues to get the “word” out.
Please remain vigilant during this time. Use this time to think about your “plan”. ( see bold paragraph above) Stay safe; take the time to thank those who have come here to help and contact LWFR for questions or concerns. Facebook