Updated 9/15/2020: Final Fire Update (unless conditions change)
The two separate fires burning in our area — Pearl Hill near Bridgeport/Mansfield and Apple Acres north of Union Valley — are currently being handled by one management and communications team: Northwest Incident Management Team 6. Instead of reporting fire updates in two separate stories, LakeChelanNow will use the information provided by the Public Information Officer (PIO) and publish updates simultaneously in this one area.
Links to LCN’s previous stories, interviews, video, pictures, and updates can be found at the bottom of this story.
Pearl Hill/Apple Acres FINAL Update: Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Fires at a Glance
Pearl Hill/Apple Acres Fire Update Monday, September 14, 2020
Fires at a Glance
Update Friday, September 11, 2020: 1:00 p.m.
Northwest Incident Management Team 6:
- Shawn Sheldon, Incident Commander
- Ken Paul, Deputy IC
- Shane Theall, Deputy IC
There will be a virtual public meeting today at 5:00 p.m. for the Pearl Fire and at 6:00 p.m. for the Apple Acres Fire. You do not need to be Facebook members to bring this meeting up on your computer or other mobile device. Just follow this link. Additionally, if you cannot attend the meeting live, you should be able to view it at a later time also from the link.
Pearl Hill Fire Update: The significant increase in today’s reported acreage is due to smoke clearing and new terrain becoming observable in the northwest portion of the fire. Very little additional acreage was burned yesterday.
A two-day push begins today with hand crews trying to tie off the backing and flanking flames in the northwestern corner of the Pearl Hill Fire across steep slopes and challenging terrain. Suppression activity will be complicated by the change in wind direction as described in the weather section below. Flare-ups continue along the western edge of the Pearl Hill Fire while power poles and fence posts hold fire deep in the ground throughout the burned area. Fuel indices indicate that fuels such as grass, brush, and tree are at their maximum volatility and are receptive to fire spread.
Apple Acres Fire Update: Fire Firefighters continue to make excellent progress suppressing the fire. Today patrol of the fire and mopping up hot spots will continue.
Expected Weather and Fire Activity: Today’s weather is forecast to be two to five degrees warmer than Thursday. Winds will begin light from the north, and start shifting in the early afternoon to 15-20 mph from the southeast. Relative humidity will remain at a very dry 15-20%.
The Fire Danger Index is very high for this time of year due to the dry weather and warm temperatures according to Fire Behavior Analyst Brett Smith, and fire volatility may be high with possible ignition of spot fires.
Evacuation Level Reduced: In response to improved conditions at the southern portion of the Pearl Hill Fire, the Douglas County Sheriff has reduced the evacuation level in the area south of Hwy 172 (Road 14NE) from a Level 3 to a Level 2. The Rimrock Meadows Estates area remains at Level 2. SR 173 remains closed with pilot car for locals.
All areas related to Apple Acres Fire are at Level 1.
For more specific information please check with the Chelan County Emergency Management Facebook page for Apple Acres Fire (https://www.facebook.com/CCSOEM/ )and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Facebook page for the Pearl Hill Fire (https://www.facebook.com/DouglasCountySheriffsOfficeWA).
Public Meetings (Virtual) Tonight! On Facebook Live: Pearl Hill, 5:00 p.m. Apple Acres, 6:00 p.m.
Fires at a Glance
Size: Pearl Hill Fire – 219,956 acres
Apple Acres Fire – 5,880 acres
Containment: Pearl Hill Fire – 50%
Apple Acres Fire – 50%
Location: Pearl Hill Fire is located at Bridgeport, WA. Apple Acres Fire is located four miles north of Chelan, WA.
Cause: Both are under investigation
Total Assigned Personnel: 684
- Dozers – 12
- Type 2 Crews – 18
- Engines – 74
- Water Tenders – 19
- Type 1 Helicopters – 3
- Type 2 Helicopters – 2
- Type 3 Helicopters – 1
FIRE INFORMATION: (360) 489-8731 Staffed 8:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
RED CROSS SERVICES: Staffed 24 hours (509)-670-5331
Fire Info via InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7 169/ for Pearl Hill Fire.
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7 181/ for Apple Acres Fire.