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The Deer Point Fire
Chelan-Manson & Wenatchee, Washington
Area Fires! 2002


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Friday, August 2, 2002
Fire Information Update: Deer Point Fire
Fire Information: 509-687-0637/0639 in Manson, Washington
Website for fire: http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/okanogan/
http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/okanogan/DeerPoint/news/index.htm

Central Washington Area Incident Management Team
Incident Commanders: Jim Furlong and Dick Gormley
Fire Information: Roland Emetaz 509-687-0637/0639

News From The Fire Line: Work continues on patrol, mopup,
line construction and burnouts. Removing and burning fuel
adjacent to the line instills confidence in containment lines.
There is no immediate threat to structures and all mandatory
evacuations have been lifted.

Incident Commanders Furlong and Gormley were very
pleased and extended kudos to Scott Vail's California Team 1
for their excellent work during the past 14 days.

Containment: 60% Size: 38,000
Location: The fire is located 7 miles northwest of Chelan,
Washington within the Okanogan/Wenatchee National Forest

Cause: Human
Vegetation Types: Grass, sage, mixed brush, ponderosa and lodgepole pine.

Weather: Gusty winds with high temperatures in mid 70s and
relative humidity minimums in the upper teens to low 20s.

Resources: 35 Engines, 9 Dozers, 19 Water Tenders, 23 Hand
Crews, 6 Helicopters and other support personnel totaling 928.

Cooperating Agencies: Chelan County FD's #5, #7,
Chelan/Okanogan County Dept. of Emergency Management,
Lake Chelan Hospital District, Okanogan/Chelan County
Commissioners, Washington Dept. of Natural Resources,
Washington Dept. of Emergency Management, Washington
State Patrol, Washington State Dept. of Transportation,
Chelan Police Dept, Manson School District, USDA Forest
Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service,
US Fish and Wildlife Service, Private Contractors, Bureau
of Indian Affairs and Local Government Resources.

Other Information:
The burned area within the Wenatchee National Forest
remains closed. Fire danger remains extreme and campfire
restrictions remain in effect. For specifics,
please contact the Chelan Ranger Station, 509-682-2576.

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Wednesday, July 31, 2002 8:00 am.
Fire Information Update: Deer Point Fire
Fire Information: 509-687-0637/0639 in Manson, Washington
Website for fire: http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/okanogan/
http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/okanogan/DeerPoint/news/index.htm

Fire crews from across the United States continue fire fighting
efforts on the 36,000 acre Deer Point Fire. Firefighters at the
Deer Point fire have been mobilized from 25 states.

This fire is now 50% contained and the fireline being
aggressively strengthened. Equipment and crews include: 29
hand crews, 8 helicopters, 41 wild land fire engines, 7 dozers,
19 water tenders, and support operations continue to make
progress. Mop up will be done on the southeast section of the
fire and burn out operations along Cooper Ridge to secure the fire line.

Lower temperatures and higher relative humidity dominate the
weather pattern and help firefighters gain control of the fire.
However, gusty winds along with burn out operations will allow
fire to consume interior pockets of unburned fuels. This will be
evident with afternoon columns of smoke.

Today, a Burned Area Emergency Rehabilitation (BAER)
team will begin their work. They will start with the areas where
there is little threat of active fire.

The Deer Point Fire is burning 10 miles north of Chelan,
Washington. The cause of the fire was an abandoned
campfire and the investigation is ongoing.
Total cost to date is $10,200,000.

All mandatory evacuations have been lifted. Portions of the
Wenatchee National Forest within the burned area remained
closed. Currently, no structures are threatened. Fire danger
remains extreme and campfire restrictions remain in effect.
Please contact the local ranger district for more information
regarding forest restrictions.

No injuries reported yesterday.

Team transition to a Type 2 Incident Management Team
(Furlong) will begin tomorrow.

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Tuesday, July 30, 2002 8:00 am.
Fire Information Update: Deer Point Fire
Fire Information: 509-687-0637/0639 in Manson, Washington
Website for fire: http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/okanogan/
http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/okanogan/DeerPoint/news/index.htm

Fire crews from across the United States continue fire fighting
efforts on the 35,270 acre Deer Point Fire. Firefighters have
been mobilized from the states of Washington, Oklahoma,
California, Montana, Arkansas, Oregon, Florida, Virginia,
Missouri, Alaska, Minnesota, Wyoming, North Carolina, South
Carolina, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Arizona, Louisiana, Tennessee,
Mississippi, Idaho, Texas, New Mexico, Wisconsin and New Jersey.

This fire is now 45% contained. Twenty-seven hand crews, 9
helicopters, 44 wild land fire engines, 15 dozers, 19 water
tenders, and support operations continue to make progress
building containment lines. Crews will continue to mop-up the
southeast section of the fire and conduct burning operations
along Cooper Ridge to secure the fire line. Mopping up is an
important part of fighting a wild fire. The mop up operation
finds and extinguishes hot spots that can smolder and burn in
root systems for days. This makes it important for fire fighters
to work in the fire area even though the fire appears to be out.

Lower temperatures and higher relative humidity dominate the
weather pattern and help firefighters gain control of the fire.
However, gusty winds will push the fire into interior pockets of
unburned fuels. This will be evident with afternoon columns of smoke.
Burn out operations will also create some smoke over the fire area.

The Deer Point Fire is burning 10 miles north of Chelan,
Washington. A quarter mile of line still remains to be
constructed. The cause of the fire was an abandoned
campfire and the investigation is ongoing.
Total cost to date is $9,700,000.

All mandatory evacuations have been lifted. Portions of the
Wenatchee National Forest within the burned area remained
closed. Currently, no structures are threatened. Fire danger
remains extreme and campfire restrictions remain in effect.
Please contact the local ranger district for more information
regarding forest restrictions.

Emphasis on safety is the top priority. Over the past
24-hours, reports of injuries have been minor, ranging from
cuts and blisters to colds. There was one fracture to an ankle.

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Monday, July 29, 2002 8:00 am
Fire Information Update: Deer Point Fire
Fire Information: 509-687-0637/0639 in Manson, Washington
Website for fire: http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/okanogan/
http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/okanogan/DeerPoint/news/index.htm

Fresh hand crews arrived to boost the complement of
combined resources to 1,046. The 25 hand crews, 8
helicopters, 44 wild land fire engines, 14 dozers, 19 water
tenders, and support operations continue to make progress
building containment lines around the Deer Point Fire.
Sunday brought lower temperatures, gusty winds, and higher
relative humidity to the area. However, low fuel moistures still
allowed for very active fire behavior in large pockets of
unburned fuels in the steep terrain.

On the northern most portion of fire, approximately one-half
mile of fire line still must be dug by hand. Dozers have
connected the remaining sections. Contingency lines will
continue to be reinforced by crews today. Fourteen miles of
line need to be secured using burnout operations.
Some minor burnout operations began Saturday night.

By 5 p.m. yesterday, the fire had grown to 35,270 acres and
was 45% contained. Smoke was noticeable as pockets of
unburned fuel ignited within the fire perimeter. During the past
24 hours, crews have dealt quickly and effectively with a few
small spot fires that had smoldered, undetected, just outside
constructed fire lines. Hand-held infrared devices were utilized
to find hot spots and assist mop-up operations up to 500 feet
in from the fire's edge.

The Deer Point Fire is burning 10 miles north of Chelan,
Washington. The cause of the fire was an abandoned
campfire and the investigation is ongoing.
Total cost to date is $8,500,000.

All mandatory evacuations ended at 2:30 p.m. yesterday.
Access to portions of the Wenatchee National Forest within
the burned-over area remains closed. Fire danger is extreme
and campfire restrictions are in effect. Please contact the
local ranger district for more information regarding forest restrictions.

All injuries reported on this fire have been minor in nature.
Safety is constantly stressed as top priority.

Scott Vail and his National Incident Management Team
appreciate the public's patience and support. On behalf of all
the wildland fire fighters working to control the Deer Point
Fire, we extend our heart-felt condolences to the families and
friends of fellow fire fighters lost or injured in the Stanza fire accident.

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Sunday, July 28, 2002 8:00 am.
Fire Information Update: Deer Point Fire
http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/okanogan/DeerPoint/news/index.htm
Fire Information: 509-687-0637/0639 in Manson, Washington

The combined resources of 977 personnel assigned to 21
hand crews, 9 helicopters, 48 wild land fire engines, 14
dozers, 19 water tenders, and support functions continue to
make progress building containment lines around the Deer
Point Fire. Friday's lower temperatures, gusty winds, and
higher relative humidity reduced overall smoke conditions but
hampered helicopter operations until mid-day.

On the northern most portion of fire line, approximately one
mile still must be dug by hand. Dozers have connected the
remaining sections. Contingency lines will continue to be
reinforced in preparation for burnout operations that are to be
conducted when fuel and weather conditions are favorable.

By 6 p.m. yesterday, the fire had grown to 35,000 acres and
was 45% contained. Smoke was noticeable as pockets of
unburned fuel ignited within the fire perimeter. During the past
24 hours, crews have dealt quickly and effectively with a few
small spot fires that had smoldered, undetected, just outside
constructed fire lines. Hand-held infrared devices were utilized
to find hot spots and assist mop-up operations up to 500 feet
in from the fire's edge.

The Deer Point Fire is burning 10 miles north of Chelan,
Washington. One mile of fire line is left to build, with 17 miles
of line yet to be secured using burnout operations. The cause
of the fire was an abandoned campfire and the investigation
is ongoing. Total cost to date is $7,600,000.

Mandatory evacuations remain in place for Antilon Lake and
Mitchell Creek campgrounds. Residents of Upper Joe Creek,
Lower Joe Creek, Emerson Acres, Greens Landing, Swanson
Gulch, Cooper Gulch, Purtteman Gulch, Union Valley, and
Cagle Gulch have been allowed to return to their homes, but
are still under notice to be prepared to evacuate should fire
activity increase dramatically.

Fire danger remains extreme and campfire restrictions remain
in effect. Please contact the local ranger district for more
information regarding forest restrictions.

All injuries reported on this fire have been minor in nature.
Safety is constantly stressed as top priority.

Scott Vail and his National Incident Management Team
appreciate the public's patience and support.

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News Releases Sat, July 27, 2002 7:00 am.
Fire Information Update: Deer Point Fire
http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/okanogan/DeerPoint/news/index.htm
Successful line-building operations continued Friday.
Fire crews prepared indirect containment lines for future
burnout operations and continued mop-up operations on the
southeast flank of the fire, around structures. Hand-held
infrared devices were utilized to find hot spots and assist
mop-up operations up to 500 feet in from the fire's edge.

Overnight, 3 crews, 16 engines, 3 dozers, and 14 water
tenders patrolled the line and did mop-up. Lower
temperatures and relative humidity recovery up to 80%
helped to subdue fire behavior.

Today, gusty winds are expected, and there is a chance that
air operations will be suspended unless flying conditions are
safe. Fire behavior is expected to be active to very active,
especially in the Gold Creek and Mitchell Creek drainages.
Crews will not be conducting burnout operations today unless
wind conditions permit. However, they will continue
constructing dozer and hand line, mopping up, and patrolling.

The Deer Point Fire is burning 10 miles north of Chelan,
Washington and is now 34,570 acres. It is 37% contained.
Four miles of fireline remain to be constructed with 16 miles of
line yet to secure using burnout operations. The cause of the
fire was an abandoned campfire and the investigation is ongoing.

Resources include: 1,183 personnel: 25 hand crews, 10
helicopters, 71 engines, 24 water tenders and 15 dozers.
Total cost to date is $5,700,000.

Mandatory evacuations remain in place for Antilon Lake and
Mitchell Creek campgrounds. Residents of Upper Joe Creek,
Lower Joe Creek, Emerson Acres, Greens Landing, Swanson
Gulch, Cooper Gulch, Purtteman Gulch, Union Valley, and
Cagle Gulch have been allowed to return to their homes, but
are still under notice to be prepared to evacuate should fire
activity increase dramatically.

Campfire restrictions remain in effect. Please contact the local
ranger district for more information regarding forest restrictions.

Fire danger remains extreme. Area initial attack forces have
been responding to abandoned campfires daily for the past
several days. Two small spot fires were quelled yesterday.

All injuries reported on this fire have been minor in nature.
Safety is constantly stressed as top priority.

Scott Vail's National Incident Management Team appreciates the
public's patience and support as the firefighters deal with
this difficult fire.

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July 26, 2002
Evacuation Order Lifted On Deer Point Fire


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News Releases Friday, July 26, 2002 7:00 am.
Fire Information Update: Deer Point Fire
http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/okanogan/DeerPoint/news/index.htm

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Two major fires burning in Washington


AP/Jackie Johnston 07-25-2002
Tyler Clark,11, helps pack some of the
more than 2,000 lunches being prepared
for fierfighters

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July 25, 2002
Wildfire Near Lake Chelan Eases


As the 2002 hot summer continues to cause problems


July 25, 2002
A New Wildfire Hits Central Washington


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Thursday, July 25, 2002 7:00 am.
Fire Information Update: Deer Point Fire

Fire Information: 509-687-0637 or 509-687-0639 Manson, Washington
Website for fire: http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/okanogan/

Despite hot and relatively windy conditions yesterday,
firefighters made good progress constructing lines on the
north and south ends of the Deer Point fire as well as along
Cooper Ridge. However, the fire did spread to containment lines on Cooper Ridge.

The 28,561 acre Deer Point Fire is burning 10 miles north of
Chelan, Washington. The fire is 35% contained and 24 miles
of fireline remain to be constructed. The cause of the fire was
an abandoned campfire and an investigation is ongoing.

Resources include: 1200 Personnel: 26 Hand crews, 8
Helicopters, 63 Engines, 20 Water tenders and 12 Dozers.
Agencies represented on this fire are USDA Forest Service,
Washington DNR, Chelan County Fire Districts 5 and 7,
Bureau of Indian Affairs, National Park Service, US Fish and
Wildlife Service, British Columbia Forest Service, National
Weather Service, private contractors and other agencies.
Total cost to date is $4,700,000.

Firefighter and public safety continues to be the highest
priority objective of the incident. Medical incidents included:
one knee injury, one minor chainsaw injury and one person
with elevated blood pressure symptoms.

Road closures in the fire area include: Grade Creek and
Antilon Lake roads above Upper Joe Creek, Swanson Gulch
road, Cooper Gulch road, Purtteman Gulch road, and Union
Valley and Cagle Gulch roads.

Last night the public participated in a community meeting at
the Manson Elementary School. Fire team personnel shared
information about the fire and answered questions and
concerns. Representatives from the wildland fire prevention
team presented information regarding the creation of a
defensible space around homes.

Evacuation orders have been lifted but road closures remain
in effect for Upper and Lower Joe Creek roads, the road into
Emerson Acres and Greens Landing. The barricades for
those roads have been moved to the junction where Upper
and Lower Joe Creek roads join. The Level-2 evacuation alert
above that barricade remains in effect as does the Level-3
evacuation order for Swanson, Purtteman and Cooper
Gulches. Campfire restrictions have been imposed on the
Okanogan and Wenatchee National Forests, where fires are
allowed only in fire grates within developed campgrounds and
in designated Wilderness Areas. Please contact local ranger
districts for more information regarding forest restrictions.

Don Perry's Incident Management Team is preparing to
transition so as to become available to respond to developing
fires in the region.

Incident Commanders Don Perry and Scott Vail would like to
thank the public for their patience and support as the
firefighters deal with this difficult fire.

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Deer Point fire ( AP News ) Photos Advanced List
( By Yahoo News search engines )
This has some good Photo`s shot of and in the fire
grounds for the "Deer Point fires" in Chelan/Manson Wa.

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Click here for the Photos Gallerys of the Deer Point fire
( by Wenatchee National Forest )

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July 24, 2002
Deer Point Blaze Up To 25,300 Acres


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A layer of smoke from the Deer Point fire hangs over Chelan, Wash.,
Wednesday, July 24, 2002. The nearby wildfire, which has consumed at least
25,300 acres of timberland since it started when a campfire wasn't put out
properly on July 15, is also responsible for keeping away a large number of
tourists to the lakeside resort town. (AP Photo/Jackie Johnston)
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/020724/168/1wtw0.html

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Lightning Caused Fires (Tuesday, July 23, 2002)
http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/wenatchee/fire/okawen-fire-info-2002.html
Seven confirmed fires resulted from isolated thunder cells that moved
through the Wenatchee Forest on Tuesday, July 23.
Four of these small spot fires were located on the Cle Elum District
and three were on the Leavenworth Ranger District. No structures are threatened.

Following is a list of the fires:

1. Eagle Creek Fire (Leavenworth Ranger District)
- This spot fire was controlled at 10:00 p.m. on July 23; it is now in patrol status.

2. The Mica Canyon Fire (Leavenworth Ranger District)
is 1 to 5 acres in size and is located about 2 miles east of Tumwater Campground.
One hand crew and an engine were on the fire overnight.
The fire is burning in grass and brush with some isolated pockets of trees.
The fire activity was quiet overnight.

3. Diter Fire (Leavenworth Ranger District)
- This fire is located off a logging road 2 miles west of the old Bonanza Campground
on Blewett Pass. Two rappellers were assigned to this fire Tuesday night.

4. Spot fire (Cle Elum Ranger District)
- Hardscrabble area of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness area.
Two rappellers were assigned to this fire last night.

5. Two jumpers remained overnight on a spot fire located near
the north fork of Bear Creek on the Cle Elum Ranger District.

6. Beverly Fire (Cle Elum Ranger District)
This is a creeping spot fire burning in timber,
it is 1-2 acres in size, and 4 smokejumpers and 8-10 initial attack personnel
(including 3 engine crews) hiked into the fire Tuesday evening.
A DNR helicopter made bucket drops on the fire Tuesday.

7. Spot fire located on the Cle Elum Ranger District.
The fire is 1 mile southwest of Beverly Campground;
two rappellers were on the fire overnight.

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A helicopter loads up a bucket of water from a
small lake near Manson, Wash., Tuesday, July 23,
2002, to help fight the Deer Point fire which has
consumed nearly 24,000 acres since it started
when a campfire wasn't put out properly, July 15,2002.
(AP Photo/Jackie Johnston)
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&u=/020723/168/1wljh.html&e=15&ncid=705

A sign warning visitors to put out their campfires at Antilon Lake, near
Manson, Wash., shown Tuesday, July 23, 2002, is burned through from the
Deer Point fire, which has consumed nearly 24,000 acres since it started
when a campfire wasn't put out properly on July 15. (AP Photo/Jackie Johnston)
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&u=/020723/168/1wljg.html&e=16&ncid=705

Plumes of smoke can be seen near Manson, Wash., Tuesday, July 23, 2002,
where the Deer Point fire is burning. The fire was started by a campfire that
wasn't put out properly on July 15 and has since consumed nearly 24,000
acres and is now 30 percent contained, officials say. (AP Photo/Jackie Johnston)
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&u=/020723/168/1wlhy.html&e=2&ncid=705

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July 23, 2002
The forecast is for winds and lightning in the area burning
near Lake Chelan Wa.
The Deer Point fire now covers close to 24,000 acres.
GoLakeChelan WebCam
This Camera Is Located At Foot Of Lake Chelan
Looking West Towards Manson. Wapato
also is Chelan`s area Scanner

( Click On Scanner To Listen )

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FIRE DANGER IN THE STATE OF WASHINGTON
( outdoor burning restrictions County by County )

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Monday, July 22, 2002
Lake Chelan Fire Burns Four Cabins, Grows to 21,000 Acres

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Heading out to battle: Firefighters line up as they
head out to fight the Winter fire Sunday near
Paisley in south-central Oregon. Firefighters
battling the blaze face another hazard today as
lightning is forecast for the region. In Washington,
firefighters still are battling a blaze near Lake Chelan.
Tribnet.com Reports...( Tacoma Wa. News )

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Manson Wash. Mon Jul 22, 8:00 PM ET
Deer Point fire nearby Monday, July 22, 2002.
About 1,000 firefighters are battling the blaze that
has burned more than 21,000 acres. (AP Photo/Jason Hunt)
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&u=/020723/168/1wddj.html&e=3&ncid=705
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&u=/020722/168/1wdd0.html&e=6&ncid=705
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&u=/020722/168/1wdd3.html&e=5&ncid=705
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&u=/020722/168/1wdd9.html&e=4&ncid=705

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USFSS Fire Report Monday, July 22, 2002 --7 AM
Deer Point Fire (Chelan Ranger District)
Base Camp Fire Information: 509-687-0637 or 509-687-0639
Okanogan and Wenatchee NFs Fire Info: 664-2720

The Deer Point Fire is 20,992 acres in size and is 10% contained.
The fire is burning 10 miles north of Chelan, Washington.
The cause of the fire was an abandoned campfire.
Two Interagency Incident Management Teams jointly manage the fire
under a Unified Command that includes the Chelan County Sheriff's Office,
Chelan County Fire District 5 and 7, the Washington Department of Natural Resources,
and the Washington State Fire Marshall's Office.

Sunday, the fire was moderately active.
It continued to burn out heavy, dead fuel within the fire area.
Crews made good progress in their work. Today, crews expect to see moderate fire
movement with possible spotting as winds pick up and dryness continues.
Crews and engines will patrol and mop up around structures.
They will continue to build line, tie-in direct and indirect control line,
and protect structures along the south side and east flank. Hand crews will
work on the northern and western edges of the fire.

Resources include:
965 personnel, 26 hand crews, 4 helicopters, 64 engines, 11 water tenders,and 8 bulldozers.
Agencies represented on the fire include the USDA Forest Service, Washington DNR,
Chelan County Fire Districts 5 and 7, Bureau of Indian Affairs,
National Park Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service, British Columbia Forest Service,
private contractors, and other county agencies. Total cost to dates is $2,900,000.

There was one minor chainsaw injury Sunday afternoon
that required 26 stitches to a firefighter's hand.

Road closures remain in the fire area including:
Grade Creek and Antilon Lake roads above Upper Joe Creek, Swanson Gulch road,
Cooper Gulch Road, Purtteman Gulch road, Union Valley road, and Cagle Gulch road.

Some evacuation orders have been downgraded to allow residents
to return to their homes. Upper and Lower Joe Creek roads,
the road into Emerson Acres and Greens Landing are now open to residents only.
However, the existing roadblocks will remain in place.
Thank you for cooperating with the road closures.

Campfire restrictions have been imposed on the Okanogan and
Wenatchee National Forests, where fires are allowed only in fire
grates within developed campgrounds, and in designated Wilderness areas.
Please contact local ranger district offices for more information regarding forest restrictions.

Incident Commanders Don Perry and Scott Vail would like to thank the public
for their patience and support as the firefighters deal with this difficult fire.

Level 3 Evacuation Notice
(until the level 3 evacuation order is lifted there remains the threat to residences in these areas)
Antilon Lake - Mitchell Creek - Swanson Gulch - Purtteman Gulch - Cooper Gulch
Structures between grade creek and emerson acres on north shore lake chelan

Level 2 Evacuation Notice
(open to residents only, however existing roadblocks remain in place)
Upper Joe Creek - Lower Joe Creek - Greens Landing - Emerson Acres - Ivan Morse
Union Valley - Cagle Gulch

Road closures: All of the level 2 and 3 areas have roadblocks in place.
In the level 2 areas only residents have access to their homes.
Grade Creek Road Antilon Lake Road above Upper Joe Creek Swanson Gulch Road
Cooper Gulch Road Purtteman Gulch Road
Union Valley Road ? Not sure if the roadblock is still in place.
Cagle Gulch Road ? Not sure if the roadblock is still in place.

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Strong winds drive 21,000-acre Chelan wildfire


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State Department of Natural Resources employee Byron Nesbog,
19, keeps a close eye Sunday on hotspots at the Deer Point Fire near Manson.
Northwest fire season heats up
The Olympian Reports...

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ALICIA HANSEN / THE SEATTLE TIMES
Bryan Nesvoge rolls up a hose after
putting out a smoldering tree in
Upper Joe Creek above the town of Manson.
Orchards play critical role, but fire 'safety zones' being plowed under
THE SEATTLE TIMES Reports....

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UPDATE: Chelan Wildfire Grows July 22, 2002
By KOMO Staff & News Services


MANSON - Once they could get close enough to survey the smoldering path of
a wildfire north of Lake Chelan,firefighters found that four cabins and
several other pieces of property burned when the blaze raged
over thousands of acres.

"We finally have an assessment team that is going in these burned-out areas,"
Greg Thayer, Deer Point fire spokesman said Sunday evening.

Some 965 firefighters were working along the southern and western edges of the
Deer Point fire, which had burned an estimated 20,992 acres on the eastern
shore of Lake Chelan by late Sunday.

The increase in acreage - up from 16,900 acres reported Saturday - was due in
part to better mapping, said Koshare Lomnicki, a spokeswoman in the Deer
Point fire information office.

Crews hoped to keep the flames away from orchards and homes in the hills
above Manson and Chelan. The fire began last Monday, apparently
started by an abandoned campfire. Firefighting costs as of Sunday were
estimated at $2.9 million.

Besides the four cabins used seasonally, three outbuildings, a four-sided
tent, a boat dock, staircase and boat, two boat trailers, a 20-foot trailer,
a pickup truck and construction material were destroyed in the Emerson
Acres area north of Manson.

At the Mitchell Creek campground about a mile north, some U.S. Forest
Service outhouses and a picnic shelter burned, and a dock was damaged.

On Saturday, four outbuildings and a boat in the Dry Creek area west of
Manson burned. A garage was destroyed earlier in the week.

No serious injuries were reported.

"We have a lot of blisters, usual stuff that firefighters get," Thayer said.

Four tanker planes and five helicopters were making drops on the fire
Sunday, concentrating on its northern edge,
where terrain was too steep to insert ground crews.

Crews had the fire about 10 percent contained Sunday. Two hundred
homes remained evacuated, while residents in 75 homes to the west of
the evacuated area were allowed to return home Sunday evening,
Lomnicki said. Only those residents and firefighters on mop-up duty were
allowed in the Upper and Lower Joe Creek areas, as well as Greens
Landing and Emerson Acres.

Residents of 275 more homes were told they might be asked to evacuate.

Cherie Crose came home to find masked young men protecting her property.

They were protecting the whole neighborhood, in fact. Wearing dust
masks against the haze of smoke from a wildfire that continues to burn in
north-central Washington, they hopped out of their white pickup truck
with rakes to sweep away wood chips and any other debris that might ignite.

Like several of her neighbors, Crose, 43, was ignoring an evacuation
notice, in part because she has faith others will keep her home safe.

"Fire trucks have been up and down the road all morning. The winds have
died down dramatically," she said Sunday. "The firefighters have gotten a
pretty good handle on it, and right now I just feel I have to stay with my
home, and I'll stay until there's no other way around it."

Crose's husband, Barry, took the family's horses to a friend's ranch
several miles away Saturday night. She stayed behind with their
7-year-old daughter, but packed the Jeep with family heirlooms and some
clothes, just in case.

"We'll leave the rest behind if we have to," she said. "You've got
insurance for a lot of stuff, but some things you can't replace."

A little ways along Purtteman Gulch Road from the Croses, Jane Hilton
said she wasn't budging from the home where she's lived for the past 34 years.

"My whole life is here. I have a beautiful log home," Hilton said. "I've got
the good Lord protecting me, and good people around for neighbors. They
come down here and see if everything's OK."

She gave her daughter some valuables to bring to Wenatchee, where they'd be safe for sure.

Some orchard owners rushed to harvest their sweet cherry crops ahead of the flames.

Mike Grubbs, an orchard manager overseeing 128 acres of apple trees,
had sprinklers set up along the edges of the orchards and warned 20
workers about possible evacuations.

The Deer Point fire is only the latest sizable wildfire in the area in recent
years. The Rex Creek Fire in 2001 charred 43,000 acres farther north of
Lake Chelan, and in 1994 the Tyee Creek fire and others burned 187,000
acres and 39 homes in the Wenatchee National Forest.

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Sun Jul 21, 7:34 PM ET
Two unidentified Department of Natural Resources
firefighters check for hot spots at the Deer Point
Fire in Manson, Wash., Sun, July 21, 2002. About
500 firefighters are battling the Deer Point fire that
has charred more than 17,000 acres. (AP Photo/Jason Hunt)
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&u=/020721/168/1w5g5.html&e=8&ncid=705

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Click here for a Photos library of the area fire. by golakechelan.com

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USFSS Report: Saturday, July 20, 2002 -4 PM
Deer Point Fire (Chelan Ranger District)
The fire size is now estimated to be 16,900 acres.
It has been confirmed that four structures (out buildings)
and one boat have been destroyed by the fire.
Please be aware that many roads in the fire area are closed.
A public community meeting to discuss the Deer Point Fire
has been scheduled for 7:00 p.m. tonight at the Manson Middle School.

The fire is now managed by a Unified Command Team with representatives
from the Chelan County Sheriff's Office, Chelan Fire District 5,
Washington State Interagency type II Incident Management Team (IC Don Perry),
Forest Service, and Washington State Department of Natural Resources.
A type I Incident Management Team from California will be assigned to
the fire on Sunday, July 21. Three 20-person Hot Shot crews, 15 fire engines,
and another helicopter arrived this afternoon. Currently, there are 500+ personnel,
four air tankers, six helicopters, 35 fire engines, six bull dozers,
and six water trucks assigned to this fire.

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Statewide Mobilization Too
Posted on golakechelan.com at Posted 8:14 AM, Saturday, July 20, 2002 by Jerry Isenhart
Statewide Mobilization has been activated - a call which brings help to
the Deer Point Fire from Fire Districts and Agencies across
Washington State.

The impact of that call will probably not be significantly felt until this
evening as fire fighting teams from outside the area mobilize and
arrive here throughout the day. Expect to see as many as 200-250
fire trucks and other similar rigs arriving in the area.

Another staging area may be the Naumus property, just east of Les
Schwab Tire at the intersection of 97A and Highway 151.

National Incident Command Team Arriving Soon
Posted 7:57 AM, Saturday, July 20, 2002 by Jerry Isenhart
A National Incident Command Team is expected to arrive today in
Chelan and take over management of the Deer Point Fire.

The added managemnt is an indication of the deepeing concern and
attention the USFS is giving to the Deer Point Fire, now at 10,000 or
more acres and continue to grow.

Monday night at midnight - the fire was 200 acres in size, and
believed to be man-caused by an unattended camp fire near the Deer
Point Camp Ground on the North Shore of Lake Chelan.

State of Emergency Declared For County
Posted 7:45 AM, Saturday, July 20, 2002 by Jerry Isenhart
Chelan County Commissioner Buell Hawkins says that he has declared
a State of Emergency for Chelan County, an action that will be ratified
by his 2 other Commissioners Monday; and the action will go to
Governor Locke's office Monday and make the County eligible for
financial funds and assistance.

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Situation Is Serious Tonight
Posted on golakechelan.com 12:58 AM, Saturday, July 20, 2002 by Jerry Isenhart
Word from the Fire Front tonight is SERIOUS, as winds continue to
howl, moving the Deer Point Fire rapidly downlake, taking in Fourth
Of July Mountain, much of the Upper Joe Creek Area.
an unofficial report that the fire was consuming the facilities
on the shoreline at Mitchell Creek at about midnight. We were told a
resident on the South Shore across from Mitchell Creek reported
seeing across the lake, through the dense smoke to the Mitchell
Creek Campground, where he observed those facilities going up in smoke.

and the Mill Bay Casino Closes Until Saturday
A casualty of the Dieer Creek and Purtyman Gulch Fires Friday
evening was Mill Bay Casino, which shut down at midnight. The
decision to close was said to have been initiated due to the serious
nature of the fires in the valley.

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Evacuation Notice


LEVEL III Evacuation Alert Issued For Local Gulches
Posted on golakechelan.com at 11:24 PM, Friday, July 19, 2002 by Jerry Isenhart
11:20 PM: Fire Officials have issued a LEVEL III EVACUATION ALERT
for 3 areas North and North East Of Manson as of this hour.
Embers from the raging Deer Creek Fire, which experienced a huge
blow up this evening, have begin falling down-wind from the primary
fire, and setting off many small spot grass fires in COOPER,
PURTYMAN, & SWANSON GULCHES.

Red Cross Opens Facility At Chelan High
Posted 11:34 PM, Friday, July 19, 2002 by Jerry Isenhart
Red Cross has opened an Evacuation Center at the Chelan High School
this evening. The decision was made earlier this evening.

At this hour - the Level III Evacuation Alert for the Purtyman,
Swanson and Cooper Gulch areas impacts about 200 residences within
those 3 areas.

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Boyd Road Closed At High Point Place
Posted on golakechelan.com at 11:01 PM, Friday, July 19, 2002 by Jerry Isenhart
Chelan County Deputies have closed the Boyd Road about 3 miles
from it's intersection of Highway 150 ( Chelan-Manson Highway as of
shortly after 11 PM tonight ) as another fire incident is reported on up
the Boyd Road where it intersects with Purtyman Gulch.

Deputies also closed access to the same area from Winesap Road in
the Manson area as well.

Details remain sketchy on this latest development;

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[scanner reported]
A 3 alarm went out at 19:15 = 7:15pm 07/19/2002
for a Interface Structure Respones to Manson Wa.
This gets ALL of Northcentral Washington responding.
to a staging area at Manson High School in Manson Washington

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Evacuation Notice


Level I Evacuation Notice - Upper Joe Ck
Posted on golakechelan.com Friday, July 19, 2002 by Jerry Isenhart
CCSO and WSP are going door to door in the Upper Joe Creek and
Emerson Acres areas this evening giving notices of the impending
danger to their homes and properties along the North Shore of Lake
Chelan in an area that runs parallel along the lake and about 5 miles
back off the shoreline.

It's called a Level-I Evacuation Notice - a phrase designated as a
critical notice advising owners to leave, but not requiring property
owners to leave their properties.

Road Blocks have been set up to keep people out of the Upper Joe
Creek and Emerson Acres Area.

A Level II advisory has been declared for Lower Joe Creek and
Greens Landing areas.

And a Level-III Alert has been established for the Ivan Morse Road
and Loop Road areas. The Level III declaration is to advise residents
that the potential upgrade to Level II or Level I could be happen.

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http://www.nifc.gov/

Check out there Wildland Photo Gallery (NIFC)
http://142.163.108.157/nifc/index.html
This is NOT in Chelan-Wenatchee area But some good Photos
of Firefighting are posted via this site.


Wenatchee National Forest

Current Fire Information

from the Central Washington
Interagency Communications Center

Go Lake Chelan.com has some of the BEST News
of all of the Chelan Fires.+ some history
http://www.golakechelan.com/localnews.shtml

GoLakeChelan WebCams
http://www.golakechelan.com/lakecam.shtml

Lake Chelan Chamber Has Good Fire Info
http://www.lakechelan.com/bulletinboard/DeerPointFire.htm

Chelan & Wenatchee ,Washington AP news is posted here:
This has lots of news clips of the fires in the area.
The news clips are the storys you here and see
on raidos and TV & newspapers.
Chelan news posted here:
http://news.altavista.com/search?q=chelan&nc=0&sort=date&avkw=tgz
Wenatchee news posted here:
http://news.altavista.com/search?q=wenatchee&nc=0&sort=date&avkw=tgz
Fire - Yahoo! News
http://news.yahoo.com/fc?tmpl=fc&cid=34&in=us&cat=wildfires_and_forest_fires


Some requests for area Scanner Numbers
from a hand full of people in the area.
Also anyone can Listen "LIVE" online via
the areas online scanner , all listed in box.
Wenatchee Wa. Area
Emergency Services Raido #
Wenatchee Area Fire #

Listen "LIVE" to the
Chelan-Wenatchee Area Fire/Police Scanner Online"
Live365 - Scanner -Lake Chelan
monitors the Washington State Patrol,
the Chelan,Douglas and Okanogan County Sheriff's,
the Fire Districts of the area,
the US Forest Service,
and the emergency medical channels.
CC- http://www.golakechelan.com/scanner.shtml
http://www.live365.com/stations/168413?play


Ballard Ambulance - C.W.H. Paging
155.220
Lifeline Ambulance
155.280
Central Washington Hospital -CWH.
463.000
L.E.A.R.N. Net
155.370 & 155.475
Washington State Police Wen. Area
154.935
Chelan Co.Sheriff # 1 & #2
155.625 & 155.070
Wenatchee Police Dept. #1 & #2
155.310 & 156.090
Douglas County Sheriff
155.415
East Wenatchee Police Dept.
155.010
CCRJ- area Jail
154.875

Chelan & Douglas County Wa.
Fire Net
154.430 & 451.625
Grant County Fire Net
154.190

Doug.Co.Fire Working F-2
154.310

Chelan Co.Fire Working F-3
154.250

Wenatchee Fire Working F-4
154.160

Fire Working Tack #2
154.220

U.S.F.S. Lk.Wen/Lea. #1
171.500
U.S.F.S. Ent./Chelan #2
168.160
U.S.F.S. Air Attack
169.280 & 159.270

D.N.R. area #C & common
151.415 & 159.420

D.E.S. Bace&Working
153.995


Wed Jul 17, 4:09 PM ET
Chelan, Wash. firefighter Todd Sweeney scrapes
the burning bark from a pine tree Tuesday, July, 16, 2002.
The fire covered 125 acres Tuesday morning,
said Chelan Ranger District spokeswoman Annie
Larsen. Twelve homes in the area being protected
by firefighters spraying water from hoses on trucks
and burning out clear space nearby. No evacuations
had been ordered, she said. (AP Photo/The Wenatchee World, Kelly Gillin)
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/020717/168/1vb0n.html


Photo by Don Ward
A DC-4 drops fire retardant on the Power Creek fire west of Leavenworth
Sunday afternoon 07/14/2002.The plane came from La Grande, Ore. to help
combat the ten-acre blaze.
Story at: http://www.leavenworthecho.com/front.html

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