Sunday Eve Update from Wenatchee World:

Most wildfires stay put in gusty winds
Website Staff
Aug. 30, 2015, 8:40 p.m.

Despite winds that gusted to 40 mph on Saturday, most wildfires burning across North Central Washington showed very little growth by Sunday morning.

Rain that fell intermittently across all the fires Saturday and early Sunday was enough to cool things down but didn’t put any of them out, fire officials said. Containment lines kept fires from spreading closer to many populated areas.

The Wolverine, First Creek and Chelan Complex fires in Chelan County stayed primarily the same size as they were on Saturday, and the Lime Belt and Tunk Block fires in Okanogan County grew by only a couple thousand acres.

Firefighters were also successful in keeping the North Star Fire burning on the Colville Indian Reservation away from the communities of Republic and Nespelem and the Aeneas Valley.

Crews continued with structure protection in the upper Entiat Valley and in the Gold Creek area of the Method Valley on Sunday.

As the Chelan fires continue to burn at the north and south ends of the complex, fire officials were getting ready to split the management of the fires. The Chelan Complex fires will be under the same command as the Okanogan Complex fires as it creeps farther into Okanogan County. And the fire camp at Chelan Falls will move to Wenatchee Confluence State Park as the danger from the Wolverine Fire shifts into the Entiat Valley and possibly the upper Wenatchee River drainage.

Sunday Midday Update:

Wolverine: The south end of the fire received minimal precipitation and strong winds on ridges Saturday. The fire continues to hold just above Pope Creek. Structure protection, including wrapping and sprinklers, has been in place for the Pope Creek cabins for several days. Crews worked in the Level 2 evacuation area Saturday, from the community of Brief northward, putting structure protection in place. A community protection line is in development in the Tyee Creek area. Crews continue to scout for line construction opportunities in the Chiwawa drainage and are preparing for structure protection. A spike camp has been set up to facilitate operations in that area. Crews are putting dozer lines around the Big Hill spot that began late Thursday.

Weather: Following the cold front that came through the area on Saturday, light precipitation is forecast-ed through the afternoon. For the next few days, temperatures are expected to be at or below normal with highs in the 60s to 70s, with normal to above normal humidity.


Lake Wenatchee Fire and Rescue Auxiliary is feeding a number of heavy equipment crews until a camp mis established in the next day or two in the Lake Wenatchee area. Construction is expected to begin imminently ona  substantial fire break to be built between Dirty Face area and Maverick Saddle or some other point on Sugarloaf Ridge.

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