us forest fire update 200Community Meeting: There are no public meetings scheduled this evening.   A meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, September 2, at the Plain Community Church (12565 Chapel Dr.) at 7 p.m.  

Overview: The Incident Command Post for the Wolverine, Blankenship and First Creek Fires is now located at Confluence State Park in Wenatchee. The new telephone number for the fire information line is now 509-662-0145. The Southwest Area Incident Management Team 1 (IC Templin) will continue to manage the Wolverine and First Creek Fires. California Incident Management Team 5 (IC Minton) is managing the Macfarland Creek, Antione Creek, Cagle, Black Canyon and Reach Fires, known as the Chelan Complex.   For information on the Chelan Complex or Okanogan Complex, please call 877-574-5148.

First Creek: The First Creek Fire containment lines have now held for three days.   Crews continue with holding operations as well as mop –up (extinguishing or removing burning material near control lines). Barring any significant changes in fire status, last night was the last night there was night shift working on the fire.

Wolverine: High temperatures on the spot fire in the Big Hill area never rose above 40 degrees on Sunday allowing crews to get a spot fire in this area fully secured.   On Monday crews continued with line checks and mop-up of this area. Structure protection, including brush removal and clearing around structures continues to be successful. Some structures have also been wrapped and sprinklers have been strategically placed, in case of a fire push, along the Entiat River in the area around Pope Creek Summer Homes. Work on the community protection line continues in the Tyee Creek area. This community protection line is a shaded fuel break or a contingency line should the Wolverine Fire make a run. The majority of it is a vegetated fuel break that is being thinned and brushed, leaving mature trees in place. It will meet the needs of this firefighting effort as well as long term objectives as a possible option in future fire containment efforts. Crews continue to scout for potential line construction opportunities (if needed) in the Chiwawa drainage and are preparing for structure protection. A spike camp has been set up to facilitate operations in that area.

Weather: Today’s weather is expected to be very similar to what we saw yesterday with slight chances of rain remaining for the next few days. Temperatures are expected to be at or below normal expecting highs in the 60s to 70s, with normal to above normal humidity.

Evacuation/Aid Information: LEVEL 1 areas: First Creek Rd. and South Shore from Morning Sun Dr. to Shady Pass. Entiat River Rd. from Potato Creek to Brief, 8 cabins below Cottonwood Campground (Up the Entiat River Rd.) LEVEL 2 areas: Entiat River Rd starting at approx. milepost 21.5 “Brief” up to the end of Entiat River Rd.

Road Closures and Evacuations:

National Forest area closures:

  • Methow Ranger District: 509-996-4003
  • Wenatchee River District: 509-548-2550
    • Chelan Ranger District: 509-682-4900
  • Forest Service Closure Maps:

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The Manson Summer Nights – END OF SUMMER BASH is set to take place this coming Sunday, September 6, 2015.  This action packed show highlights exceptional talent as a culmination of the 2015 concert series produced by the Manson Chamber of Commerce and is intended to celebrate the “making it through” the busy season in the Lake Chelan Valley.  Although the communities of Chelan and Manson have been challenged by the sudden and somewhat devastating fire events of this summer, the people of both communities are resilient and dedicated to rebounding.  Local favorites, Eden Moody from Wenatchee and Waterdog from Chelan, will warm up concert goers getting ready for the headlining act, Rust On The Rails, who personally promise to bring smiles to all those who attend. 

Enter Rust on the Rails, a group composed of NW Superstars that is rapidly taking not only Seattle, but the entire North West to a place never before experienced in Modern Rock and Roll.

Rust on the Rails is something new made familiar; something complicated made simple; a sound occupying a space somewhere between world music, Americana and perhaps a jazz-fusion jam band.  The result is intuitive, but its description is only made more approachable by taking a look at who’s in the band.  The diversity of talent and singularity of soul this group exhibits is something the World needs to know about.

This is a show you won’t want to miss!

The schedule follows:

3pm – GATE OPENS – Stormy Mountain Lounge, food concessions & yard games open and available

4pm – Eden Moody on the Contractors Stage

5:30pm – Waterdog on the Contractors Stage

7pm – 9pm – Rust On The Rails on the Contractors Stage

The whimsical, repurposed venue is located at Leffler Field, 400 Wapato Way, in the village of Manson, WA  on Lake Chelan.  It is an outdoor venue seated at the foot of the Cascade Mountains with amazing views.  The weather is currently expected to be a warm 80 degrees with very light wind; a beautiful Lake Chelan day!  Be sure to bring blankets and jackets as it will get cool when the sun drops behind the mountains.

Tickets are available at KOZI Radio in downtown Chelan and at Mountain View Lodge in Manson.  Tickets and information are also available online at,, and

sheriffsmOn August 22, 2015 Sheriff Burnett reports a juvenile inmate escapee from the Chelan Falls Fire Camp is being airlifted to Harborview Medical Center for a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

On August 21, 2015 shortly after 2300 hours Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the Chelan Falls Fire Camp reference a juvenile escaping from a detention Youth Camp performing duties at the Fire Camp. It was reported the juvenile assaulted a staff member and then fled the area on foot. Multiple Deputies and a Chelan County tracking canine responded to the area to assist in a search for the juvenile. A full canvas search was conducted, but the juvenile was not located.  

On August 22, 2015 shortly before 0800 hours, a caller reported seeing the escaped juvenile sitting near the intersection of SR 150 and US 97. Deputies arrived and visually confirmed it was the escaped juvenile and attempted to contact him. The juvenile fled on foot with a mesh athletic bag and Deputies pursued. The juvenile stopped, turned toward the two pursuing Deputies, and removed a .22 caliber revolver from the bag. The juvenile immediately placed the revolver to his own head and for a short time spoke with the Deputies. Before any sort of intervention could take place the juvenile fired one single shot into the right side of his head. The two Deputies and other arriving Deputies immediately began to administer life saving measures. The juvenile was transported to Central Washington Hospital and then transferred to Harborview Medical Center. As of 1300 hours the juvenile was being treated at Harborview Medical Center and his medical condition is unknown.

Detectives are currently investigating and interviewing the involved Deputies and a civilian witness that observed the entire incident. The revolver used by the juvenile was a confirmed stolen firearm, stolen during a vehicle prowl the previous night.

douglascountysheriff148On 08/21/15 at approximately 5:23 PM Douglas County Deputies received a complaint of a road rage incident on Hwy. 173 at MP 4 near Bridgeport. 

The complainant reported that He was E/B on Hwy. 173 when a pickup abruptly pulled out in front of him nearly causing a collision.  The complainant honked his horn.  The pickup, described at full sized Chevrolet pickup with tinted windows and a bed cover, pulled off the road at the Rock Garden Trailer Park, then immediately pulled back in behind him.  He could see a Hispanic female driver and a Hispanic male passenger.  The male displayed a handgun out the window, pointed it up in the air and fired five rounds. 

The pickup turned off into the 929 Maple St trailer park.  Deputies, a Brewster PD unit, and WSP troopers searched the area but were unable locate the vehicle. 

There was no reported injury or damage from the incident.  Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office or RiverCom dispatch.

Very Respectully,

Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal

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