Sunday, August 23, 2015

Okanogan Complex Fire Update

Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team - Todd Pechota, Incident Commander 
Information Center:  509-850-0083
Hours of operation: 7 am – 9 pm

Aug. 23, 2015 PM Update
Current Situation: As expected the fire was fairly active today. As conditions allowed firefighters were able to continue to move forward with indirect and direct line construction. The persistent smoke layer grounded the fixed wing aircraft and helicopters.

Three Hotshot crews, along with smokejumpers, worked on the northwest corner of the Twisp River fire.  This area, as well as other areas with structures, remains high priority. Smoke from the North Star fire blew south today, then circled back north through the valley.

Community Meetings: Approximately 100 people attended a community meeting in Omak.

Evacuations and Closures: The public is encouraged to contact the Okanogan Emergency Operations Center to learn how to register for automated phone messages in the event of evacuation notices being issued for particular neighborhoods. Contact emergency staff at 509-422-7348 or Colville Tribal Emergency Management  at 507-634-2105.

Media Briefings:  Media briefings will be held at 11 am daily at Okanogan County Fairgrounds.

Fire Statistics as of Sunday:    
Location:  Eleven miles northwest of Omak, WA                      Start Date: August 14, 2015
Complex Size:  244,570 acres  total                                               Percent Contained: 10
            Twisp River: 10,053 acres                                                 Total Personnel: 1,250
            Lime Belt/Blue Lake:  75,787 acres                              
            Tunk Block: 128,054 acres                                                                                           
            Beaver Lake: 25,956 acres
            Nine Mile: 4,720 acres

Places to get additional information:
Twitter: #OkanoganComplex
The Rocky Mountain IMT has a Facebook page dedicated to “Thank You’s to the firefighters working on the fire line. Visit the page at
Spanish Language Information (509) 422-2422


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