Wenatchee Complex Fire Information

Release Date: Oct 9, 2012   Wenatchee, WA


Location:   North, west and southwest of Wenatchee, WA

Acreage:   56,478

Containment:   70 percent

Start Date:   09/09/2012

Cause:   Lightning

Resources:   7 Crews,   3 Engines,   3 Helicopters,   1 Dozer,   264 personnel 


A month after a severe lightning storm ignited the Wenatchee Complex, Dave Nalle’s Type 3 Incident Management Team is finishing mop up and fire suppression repair in anticipation of handing management of the fires back to the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest later this week.

The multiple fires of the Wenatchee Complex have burned 56,478 acres and are 70 percent contained. At the height of the complex, 2,062 personnel, 56 crews, 147 engines, 14 helicopters and 11 dozers were fighting the fires. 

Wenatchee, Cashmere, Leavenworth, Lake Chelan and other communities remain open for visitors. Residents and visitors should expect to see some smoke until the area receives significant rain or snow, as interior islands of unburned fuels continue to be consumed.

Fuels remain extremely dry in Central Washington and new starts are still being reported. The Wenatchee Complex has supported initial attack on these fires with crews and engines. 

A state-wide burn ban remains in effect through midnight, Oct. 15. Hunters entering the area are advised to use extreme caution to avoid igniting fires.  

Beginning today, the Wenatchee Complex entry on inciweb.org will only be updated in the event of increased fire activity. For fire information and area closure details connected with the Wenatchee Complex, please call the Wenatchee River Ranger District at 509-548-2550 or the Okanogan-Wenatchee Forest Headquarters at 509-664-9201.

For information about fire rehabilitation efforts, please see the Central Washington Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team entry at inciweb.org/incident/3292/. BAER teams rapidly assess burned areas to identify post-fire threats and then take emergency actions to prevent erosion and flooding.

Area Closure Map [PDF] - Wenatchee Complex and Table Mtn Fires  

This map shows areas closed to public access.