pudCustomers without power can call 1-877-783-8123 to let us know – fiber customers should call their service provider
 
WENATCHEE – As repair and restoration efforts start to wind down during the weekend for Chelan PUD crews, the focus is shifting to removing temporary repairs, installing permanent lines and repairing the PUD’s redundancy in the Chelan Valley. The PUD is slowly getting back to near normal operations and strengthening the system where there has been extensive damage. The utility appreciates the support and patience of the community. As part of that effort, repairing individual services will begin next week. In an effort to identify customers who are still without power, we ask that you give our outage number a call and tell us. The outage hotline is 1-877-783-8123. Any PUD fiber customers without service, should let their service provider know.
 
Today, the five Chelan PUD crews, three contract crews  and two mutual aid crews – one from Douglas PUD and one from Grant PUD – will be working on the rugged terrain in upper Antoine Creek and near Goat Mountain. The mutual aid crews from Grant and Douglas PUDs will be released later today.
 
The PUD cautions that due to ongoing fire crew activity to remove dangerous trees away from power lines and roads, it still may be necessary to de-energize power lines along the south shore of Lake Chelan near the Yacht Club and First Creek. Customers in that area may experience brief outages from time-to-time throughout the weekend as fire crews work to clear hazardous tress. The PUD de-energizes the power lines so that the fire crews can work safely.
 
Chelan Falls, Powerhouse and Beebe Parks all remain closed to the public until further notice. The parks are being used as staging areas for fire personnel and the National Guard. 
 
WARNING: CONSIDER ANY DOWNED LINE AS ENERGIZED AND AVOID IT. CONTACT THE PUD AT 1-877-783-8123 OR CALL 911.
 
Customers who want to help fire victims can make monetary donations to the North Central Washington Community Foundation, www.cfncw.org; or contact the Apple Valley Red Cross, (509) 663-3907.
 
Follow us on Facebook (www.Facebook.com/ChelanPUD) or Twitter (@chelanpud) for additional updates.

Quick Facts
Incident Summary


Approximate
Acreages:
Chelan Complex: 86,129
ac.
First Creek: 2,293 ac.
Wolverine: 46,000 ac.
Blankenship: 180 ac.
Total: 134,602 ac.


Fire
Containment:
Chelan Complex: 35%
First Creek: 2%
Wolverine: 30%
Blankenship: 0%
Incident
Commander:
Clay Templin, Southwest
Area Incident
Management Team 1


Resources
on the
Fires:
Crews: 26
Engines: 69
Water Tenders: 16
Bulldozers: 14
Helicopters: 5
Fixed Wing: 2
Total
Personnel: 931


Approximate
Structures
Lost:
Chelan County: 67
Douglas County: 17
(residences, businesses,
and outbuildings)


Jurisdiction:
Chelan Co. Fire Districts
#7 and #10
Chelan Co. Sheriff
Washington State DNR
USDA-Forest Service
National Park Service
Bureau of Land Mgmt.

us forest fire update 200Southwest Area Type I Incident Management Team, under leadership of Incident Commander Templin, assumed command of the Chelan Complex, First Creek, Wolverine, and Blankenship Fires at 6:00 am today.

Chelan Complex (includes Reach, Black Canyon, and McFarland Creek): Conditions yesterday did not allow firefighters to complete firing along Cooper Ridge, so they will be seeking opportunities to complete and improve that line today. Firing operations will be supported by helicopter water drops as needed. Firefighters are also preparing for zone protection along Black Canyon Road and the northern edge of the fire in areas that were burned by the Carlton Complex fire last year. They plan to use and improve breaks along existing roads and dozer lines in that area and will be assessing opportunities to construct additional dozer line as needed. The Chelan Butte area and portion of the fire on the east side of the Columbia River are completely contained, firefighters there are monitoring flareups in areas of unburned fuels inside the fire perimeter.

First Creek: The fire was very active through the night and spread to the north yesterday but remains above the dozer contingency line that parallels the South Lakeshore Road, west of the Yacht Club and Kelly’s Resort. Helicopters will be dropping water on the area today as weather conditions allow. Firefighters will be assessing opportunities to limit fire spread to the north along the lake. Wolverine: Movement to the west and southwest and into the Aurora Creek Area of the upper Entiat River valley is expected today. At the north end, the fire is on the north side of the Castle Creek drainage, approximately 2 miles south of Devore Creek. Firefighters will be working to hold the fire on the south side of the ridge between the Castle Creek and One-Mile drainages and will be supported by helicopter water drops. On the south end of the Wolverine Fire, the ridge between Pyramid Creek and Graham Harbor is still holding. Level 3 evacuations remain for Holden Village, Lucerne, Domke Lake, Riddle, and Lightning Creek.

Weather: Very critical fire weather conditions continue with a Red Flag Warning in effect until 11:00 pm tonight for strong winds and dry conditions. Strong northwest winds will channel down Lake Chelan and strong south-southwest winds will channel up the Columbia River. A strong push of northerly winds down the Okanogan Valley midday will shift winds in the northern portion of the Reach Fire and along Cooper Ridge to the north and northeast. Wind speeds will be 25-35 mph, diminishing gradually through the night. Conditions will begin warming and drying again Saturday with instability increasing through the weekend. Enhanced column development expected and air operations may be limited by smoke/visibility and high winds.

Evacuation/Aid Information: Level 3 evacuations in place for approximately 1,200 residents in the greater Chelan area. Evacuation information available from Chelan County Emergency Management. Red Cross shelters are established at MOE Elementary, 407 East Woodin Ave, Chelan; Sterling Middle School, 600 North James Street, East Wenatchee; and Brewster High School, 503 S 7th St, Brewster.

Road Closures and Evacuations:
• Douglas County Emergency Management: 509-888-6841,http://tinyurl.com/DouglasCtyEM
• Chelan County Emergency Management: 509-667-6863, http://tinyurl.com/ChelanCtyEM
• Okanogan Emergency Management: 509-422-7207, http://goo.gl/nXrciP
• Road & Hwy Info: wsdot.com Twitter: @wsdot
• Washington State Patrol: 509-682-8090
National Forest area closures:
• Methow Ranger District: 509-996-4003
• Chelan Ranger District: 509-682-4900
Evacuation Shelters: Red Cross: 509-663-3907
Power: Chelan County PUD: 877-783-8123, http://www.chelanpud.org/

INTERNET LINKS
InciWeb:
Reach, Black Canyon, and First Creek:
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4538/
Wolverine and Blankenship:
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4354/
Twitter: @WolverineFire
Facebook: Reach Complex/Wolverine/Black Canyon
Fires
Smoke Info: http://wasmoke.blogspot.com/

 

pudCustomers experiencing any connectivity issues with internet service should contact their service provider
 
WENATCHEE – Another 200 Chelan PUD customers in the lower Antoine Creek/Chelan Airport area had their power restored today, about 150 customers remain without power. Also, repairs and full power restoration has been made on Chelan Butte. The focus for the crews now turns to pole replacement and restoration in the upper Antoine Creek, including Quiet Valley and the Goat Mountain communication tower, Azwell and Hugo Rd areas, along with restoration of backup transmission that serves the Chelan Valley. Ten crews – five PUD crews, three contract crews and a mutual aid crew each from Douglas and Grant County PUDs continued working today.
 
The PUD cautions that due to ongoing fire crew activity to remove dangerous trees away from power lines and roads, it may be necessary to de-energize power lines along the south shore of Lake Chelan near the Yacht Club and First Creek. Customers in that area may experience brief outages from time-to-time throughout the weekend as fire crews work to clear hazardous tress. The PUD de-energizes the power lines so that the fire crews can work safely.
 
The Chelan PUD thanks all customers in the Chelan Valley for their patience as work continues to bring everyone back into power and internet service by Sunday night. We hope to return to a more normal service response to assist individual customers sometime next week. Customers are encouraged to please check with us on Monday, Aug. 24, if you are still experiencing a power or fiber outage at your home or business. Call the PUD’s 24/7 outage line, at 1-877-783-8123.
 
Chelan Falls, Powerhouse and Beebe Parks all remain closed to the public until further notice. The parks are being used as staging areas for fire personnel and the National Guard. 
 
Customers are advised that even in the areas where power has been restored, there may be some isolated outages due to damaged equipment and changing fire conditions. Customers who are back in service can resume normal power use; customers who are still out of power are reminded to please turn off and/or unplug electronics and appliances and leave outside light on. This will protect your appliances from potential power surges and an outside light will help our crews know who is back in service;
 
WARNING: CONSIDER ANY DOWNED LINE AS ENERGIZED AND AVOID IT. CONTACT THE PUD AT 1-877-783-8123 OR CALL 911.
 
The PUD advises any Medline customers or those customers on medical support equipment still without power to seek alternate housing arrangements, check in with the Red Cross at the Entiat Valley Community Resource Center, 2084 Entiat Way, or go to the Lake Chelan Community Hospital at 503 E. Highland Ave. in Chelan.
 
Customers who want to help fire victims can make monetary donations to the North Central Washington Community Foundation, www.cfncw.org; or contact the Apple Valley Red Cross, (509) 663-3907.
 
Follow us on Facebook (www.Facebook.com/ChelanPUD) or Twitter (@chelanpud) for additional updates.
pudPower restored to about 200 more customers – focus today is on Antoine Creek area and Chelan Butte communication facilities
 
WENATCHEE – Progress on power restoration has been made in the Antoine Creek/Azwell/Airport area where significant damage was sustained in the Chelan Complex fire during the past weekend. Ten crews – Five PUD crews, three contract crews and a mutual aid crew each from Douglas and Grant County PUDs continue work today focusing on the Antoine Creek area. The Okanogan PUD mutual aid crew returned to help their utility with fire damage from the Okanogan Complex fires. All of us at the PUD send our condolences to the families and friends of the fire fighters who lost their lives yesterday fighting the fire near Twisp. Fire crews and PUD crews have a dangerous job to do and we want all of them to be able to return home safely.
 
Approximately 350 Chelan PUD customers remain without power primarily in the Quiet Valley, Hugo Road and Goat Mountain areas. The PUD estimates that power will be restored to everyone by Sunday evening (Aug. 23). The remaining outages are in steep and unstable terrain and will take some time to repair.
 
Crews repaired damage to poles and wires near the Chelan airport that have been in the dark since Friday. The restoration helps the PUD with its staging efforts at the airport and provides crews with hot meals during the day.
 
Another focus for the PUD today will be the restoration of power to the Chelan Butte communication site. A generator has been providing power to facilities on the Butte. Infrastructure has been repaired and the full power should be restored sometime later today.
 
The PUD cautions that due to ongoing fire crew activity to remove dangerous trees away from power lines and roads, it may be necessary to de-energize power lines along the south shore of Lake Chelan near the Yacht Club and First Creek. Customers in that area may experience brief outages from time-to-time throughout the weekend as fire crews work to clear hazardous tress. The PUD de-energizes the power lines so that the fire crews can work safely.
 
The PUD has received reports from a few customers who have “Smart Homes,” that is, they can monitor their home  in the Chelan Valley remotely. In an effort to monitor the status of their homes by a mobile device, some customers are experiencing busy signals. This can mean that either the power is out at the home or there is an internet connectivity issue. The PUD isn’t able currently to check on individual homes due to the ongoing restoration response. We suggest that customers with Smart Home capability who are experiencing a busy signal as a friend of neighbor in the area to check on their home if it’s safe to get to.
 
The Chelan PUD thanks all customers in the Chelan Valley for their patience as work continues to bring everyone back into power and internet service by Sunday night. We hope to return to a more normal service response to assist individual customers sometime next week. Customers are encouraged to please check with us on Monday, Aug. 24, if you are still experiencing a power or fiber outage at your home or business. Call the PUD’s 24/7 outage line, at 1-877-783-8123.
 
All main fiber infrastructure has been repaired and crews continue work on smaller issues. If a customer’s individual internet service is not working, they should call their local service provider.
 
Chelan Falls, Powerhouse and Beebe Parks all remain closed to the public until further notice. The parks are being used as staging areas for fire personnel and the National Guard. 
 
Customers are advised that even in the areas where power has been restored, there may be some isolated outages due to damaged equipment and changing fire conditions. Customers who are back in service can resume normal power use; customers who are still out of power are reminded to please turn off and/or unplug electronics and appliances and leave outside light on. This will protect your appliances from potential power surges and an outside light will help our crews know who is back in service;
 
WARNING: CONSIDER ANY DOWNED LINE AS ENERGIZED AND AVOID IT. CONTACT THE PUD AT 1-877-783-8123 OR CALL 911.
 
The PUD advises any Medline customers or those customers on medical support equipment still without power to seek alternate housing arrangements, check in with the Red Cross at the Entiat Valley Community Resource Center, 2084 Entiat Way, or go to the Lake Chelan Community Hospital at 503 E. Highland Ave. in Chelan.
 
Customers who want to help fire victims can make monetary donations to the North Central Washington Community Foundation, www.cfncw.org; or contact the Apple Valley Red Cross, (509) 663-3907.
 
Follow us on Facebook (www.Facebook.com/ChelanPUD) or Twitter (@chelanpud) for additional updates.

Designation for older missing persons

wsdot logoOLYMPIA – Help is on the way for families searching for missing senior members. Starting Thursday, Aug. 27, motorists may see a new alert message on Washington’s electronic highway signs.

The new Silver Alert messages will be for endangered missing people who are 60 years or older. Previously, those messages were handled as Endangered Missing Person alerts, which are for anyone who could be in danger due to age, health or mental or physical disability. The Endangered Missing Person alerts will continue for people younger than 60.

Once verified by the Washington State Patrol, the Washington State Department of Transportation will display Silver Alerts on electronic variable message signs on highways and may also include the information on highway advisory radio messages and the 511 system. WSDOT will only display the messages when there is vehicle information included. The intent of highway messages is to alert motorists to be on the lookout for the vehicle during their journey. Drivers who see the vehicle described should notify law enforcement by calling 911 – first assuring they can safely make the call.

The alerts vary depending on sign size but will generally include:

  • SILVER ALERT/ Call 911 If Seen (the top line will alternate)
  • vehicle make, model and color
  • license plate number and state

The Silver Alerts join the AMBER Alerts (for abducted children) and Blue Alerts (for suspects in attacks on law enforcement officers). Silver Alerts will not result in cell phone alarms. The new alert was created by the Legislature during the past session to aid in the search for missing senior citizens, including those with dementia.

Silver Alert messages will initially be displayed regionally but can be expanded statewide depending on the individual situation.