Weather: Today will remain dry and breezy throughout the day. Near Chelan west/northwest winds of 15 to 20 mph are expected in the morning, decreasing to 10-15 mph in the afternoon. On the Columbia River and Waterville Plateau, south/southwest winds are expected 10-15 mph, becoming light in the afternoon. At lower elevations, expect temperatures in the mid-80s and relative humidity at 22-25%; and near ridgelines, expect temperatures in the mid-70s with a minimum relative humidity of 25-30%.
Expected Fire Behavior: Light flashy fuels will continue to promote extreme fire behavior, as fuel moistures will remain very low and winds could still lead to torching and increase spotting distance. Previously burned areas may still burn.
Closure Information: There are extensive closures on the Chelan Ranger District and they will be updated on InciWeb as more information comes available. Previous forest road and campground closures remain in effect.
Evacuation/Aid Information: Multiple areas have been evacuated in the vicinity of Chelan, including a minimum of 1,500 residents. Contact Chelan Emergency Management at 509-667- 6863 for updated evacuation information. The Red Cross is operating a shelter at two locations in Wenatchee: One in Entiat at The Entiat Valley Resource Center, 2084 Entiat Way, the other is in East Wenatchee at Sterling Middle School, 600 North James Street. Call the Red Cross at 509-663-3907 for more information. A third is being privately operated in Chelan at MOE Elementary School. The Wenatchee Humane Society is working with volunteers to shelter small animals affected by the fire. For more information, call 509-662-9577. Team 2 Extension: Pacific Northwest Team 2 has extended an additional week to manage the new fire starts and continue managing the Wolverine Fire. The Washington State Fire Marshal has sent over 150 personnel consisting of six 15-person Wildland Strike Teams, one 20-person structure protection team, and three initial attack teams to assist in the firefighting effort. This number will be reduced to 110 in the long-term.
Wolverine Fire: The work put in by firefighters over the last two weeks helped insure that protection of Holden Village continues as planned. On the north and south ends, the fire stayed within planned containment lines. Firefighters were well-prepared for the forecasted weather conditions and corresponding fire behavior. The plan put in place by the team was well-executed, and the work put in over the last several days has been successful. Today crews will continue to monitor for spot fires, improve the buffer that surrounds Holden Village, and maintain the heavy sprinkler work that keeps structures and nearby vegetation wet. Resources were removed from Stehekin Village to assist with initial attack on new fire starts. The fire will continue to be managed to protect structures and resources.