Type 3 Incident Management Team Assigned for White River and Irving Peak Fires
Update: Sep. 4, 2022 at 2:50 p.m.
A Type three incident management team will be assigned to the White River and Irving Peak fires starting Wednesday.
Team 8 Spokesperson Stacy Lacy said the fires no longer require the sheer capacity a Type two team brings.
"A Type three team will have sufficient capacity to deal with the fire," Lacy said.
The smoke from Friday and Saturday helped temperatures drop, aiding in firefighting efforts.
The White River Fire is at 1,348 acres and has 1 percent contained, and the Irving Peak Fire is at 2,937 acres and has 7 percent contained.
Smoke from northern California and Oregon fires continue to move north into the region, in addition to smoke generated from local fires. Smoke levels in the Lake Wenatchee area have a high probability to increase throughout the day.
Original: Sep. 3, 2022 at 1:23 p.m.
The Irving Peak Fire 16 miles northwest of Plain has grown to 2,829 acres, however firefighters were able to contain 7 percent of the fire.
On Sep. 2, the Irving Peak Fire moved southeast into a rocky area. Crews are concerned that the wind will blow embers across the band, so they will continue improving control lines, clear debris, and monitor smoke activity.
Crews were expecting higher fire activity on Friday and Saturday due to increased heat and winds, however temperatures were not as hot as they were expected due to the smoke coverage.
The White River Fire has 1,249 acres with 1% contained. The fire remained active along the southwest edge and the fire burned over the top of Wenatchee Ridge.
Crews will continue monitoring the southern portion of the White River fire due to increased winds.
Smoke coming in from Oregon fires have increased the amount of smoke in the area. Smoke levels near the Lake Wenatchee area are set to increase throughout the day.
Colder temps should be coming in later on Saturday with higher humidity, with gusts up to 35 mph.
Due to an increase in forest visitors this Labor Day Weekend, recreationalists are asked to watch for fire crews and firefighting vehicles, along with minimizing any possible sparks created by tow chains.
There are currently 310 personnel working on the fire, along with 130 overhead personnel.