8/17/16 - DNR Updates Burn Ban

With the arrival this week of the most dangerous fire weather of the year, Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark is expanding the statewide burn ban effective noon today, Aug. 17 to prohibit all campfires on DNR-protected lands through Sept. 30, 2016.
“After a relatively mild summer, we are entering a period of critical fire weather on both sides of the Cascades,” said Goldmark. “The greatest fire danger right now comes from carelessness. It’s essential that people understand the risks involved and do not spark any fires.”
Goldmark sees special wildfire risk over the coming days throughout the state, as high-pressure weather patterns will keep away the marine moisture that normally limits the spread of wildfire. The ability of Washington’s forests and grasslands to resist wildfire remains weakened after last year’s record drought.
The statewide burn ban applies to state forests, state parks and forestlands protected by DNR firefighters. It prohibits all outdoor burning, including campfires in fire pits and the use of charcoal briquettes. Liquid gas or propane camp stoves that do not use solid briquettes and have on/off controls are permitted.
The statewide ban does not include federally-owned lands such as national forests, national parks, national wildlife refuges or other areas administered by federal agencies.
This fire season to date, there have been 527 fires on 3,372 acres. By comparison, at this point in 2015, there had been 803 fires burning 319,551 acres. In 2014 by this date, there were 590 fires burning 190,742 acres.
In 2015, a record drought, low snowpack and weeks of hot, dry weather brought Washington’s worst-ever wildfire season, burning more than a million acres across the state.
“Our fire crews have been effective so far this season in keeping fires small and getting them out quickly,” said Goldmark. “I ask all Washingtonians to give them a hand by being careful and responsible when working or playing on our iconic landscapes.”


Fire Regulations
Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
This is a link to the latest fire regulations that take effect 8/5/16.




Outdoor burning is banned statewide as of July 29.

The ban means outdoor burning is prohibited on all forestlands that DNR protects from wildfire. Anyone caught violating the burn ban can face fines.

“The arrival of summer weather creates greater danger for wildfires, which are serious threats to safety, property and habitat. We have already seen a number of roadside fires start on both sides of the Cascades,” said Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark. “We must be cautious and vigilant to minimize the damage to our state.”

So far this year, DNR has had 408 wildfire starts throughout the state.

Outdoor burning in eastern Washington has been banned since July 2.

The ban may be extended or shortened based on fire weather.

Recreational fires in approved fire pits within designated state, county, municipal and other campgrounds are allowed. Prescribed ecological burns approved by DNR will be allowed if expressly approved by Commissioner Goldmark.

DNR’s burn ban does not apply to federally-owned lands, such as national forests, national parks, national wildlife refuges or other areas administered by federal agencies. Counties and local fire districts may have additional burn restrictions.

Fireworks and incendiary devices, such as exploding targets, sky lanterns, or tracer ammunition, are illegal on all DNR-protected forestlands.

For a copy of the Commissioner’s Order, go to http://www.dnr.wa.gov/burn-bans.

Washington State Department of Natural Resources's photo.





You let Sparky go into the big city alone, you just never know who he might end up hanging out with at the game....


Windermere Lake Chelan Donates AED to Chelan Fire and Rescue

Chelan Fire and Rescue would like to thank the members of Windermere Lake Chelan for their generous donation of an AED (automatic external defibrillator).  Pictured below are: Morgan Picton, Kim Johnson, Rosemary Easley, Keith Wells, Assistant Fire Chief Mark Donnell, Robin Becker, Tim Flood, Vickie McKenney, Craig Stimson, Lieutenant Dale Rodman and Firefighter Adam Jones.  




DNR Fire Danger Burn Ban (East Cascades) Starting July 2, 2016

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced there will be a burn ban starting July 2 on DNR-protected lands east of the crest of the Cascade Mountains. The ban will be in effect through September 30, 2015 or until fire dangers abate.

Applicable Lands: The eastern Washington burn ban APPLIES to state forests, state parks and forestlands under DNR fire protection.

Non-Applicable Lands: It does NOT include federally owned lands such as national forests, national parks, national wildlife refuges or other areas administered by federal agencies.

Follow DNR Burn Ban updates here or at the agency’s website, http://www.dnr.wa.gov/burn-bans

Chelan County Commissioners
Resolution No. 2016-61

6/1/2016 through 9/30/16

Congratulations to Firefighter Forrest Hale in obtaining his Emergency Medical Technician certification (EMT) 



Congratulations to Firefighter/EMT Jake Hepper for passing his Firefighter II Certification. Jake's Firefighter II certification was issued on 4/14/16 according to NFPA 1001, in compliance with requirements established by the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress.



Chelan Fire and Rescue hired three Summer Seasonal Wildland Firefighters. This crew will focus their time conducting home/property wildland assessments, providing chipping services and conducting limited fuel reduction work. They will also be responding to emergency calls in their immediate area of work and as needed throughout the district. Welcome aboard (left to right) FF. Forrest Hale, Crew Leader Justin Thorpe and FF/EMT John Steiner




Interagency Group Command Level Simulation Lab

Saturday April 30, Chelan Fire and Rescue, Chelan County Fire Districts 5 & 8, Washington State DNR, Bureau of Land Management, US Forest Service, CWICC, RiverCom, Chelan County Sherriff’s Department, PUD/Public Works conducted an Interagency Group Command Level Simulation Lab. Well over 40 members from the represented agencies participated in the seven hour training session. This event was designed to maintain and improve lines of communication, better understand the roles and responsibilities of each agency, obtain agency pre-fire season up-dates  and look for avenues to better support one another during emergency situations. The partner agencies are continuing to focus on working together to improve interagency response efficiency and communication. Simulation activities, like this one, provide opportunities to improve and strengthen our skills and relationships within our partner agencies.

Big thanks and job well done to Lt. Woods for helping coordinate, develop and make this happen.



South Shore Fire Station 75 New Sign


Congratualtions to Eric Craw for successfully completing the EMT Certificate!!



Congratulation to Lieutenant Dale Rodman, Dale
has served 
as a long term acting lieutenant and
has now been promoted 
to permanent Fire
Lieutenant on B-Shift.

Congratulation to Firefighter/EMT Jake Hepper,
he has passed 
his probationary year and is
now a 3rd Class Firefighter.

Congratulation to Firefighter/EMT Justin Thorpe,
he has 
received his Firefighter II Certification.



2016 “Lightening Becomes Fire” Calendar, a pictorial 12-month calendar which recaps the fire events of this past August 2015 and pays tribute to all those who lived through, helped the community, and fought so hard during the Chelan Complex Fires. $18 each

ON SALE NOW $10.00 each 

All proceeds go to the Chelan District 7 Firefighters Association, a 501c3 


Quick Response by Chelan Fire and Rescue keeps semi-truck fire from spreading to structures.

01/21/2106 about 0345 hours Chelan Fire and Rescue, Command 702, Engine 71 responded to a report of a semi-truck fire in the area of 100 SR150. First unit on scene reported a semi-truck cab fully involved with structure exposures within 20 and 40 feet of the fire. Engine 71’s crew had the fire contained and knocked down 13 minutes after receiving the 911 call. Their quick actions kept the fire from spreading to the trailer and its load, as well as a small out building and a larger warehouse structure.




Chelan Fire and Rescue Welcomes New Commissioner

The members of Chelan Fire and Rescue welcomed their new Commissioner, Russ Jones at their regularly scheduled meeting on 1/13/2016. District Secretary Carol Kibler provided the swearing in process and Russ begins his new adventure as Fire Commissioner.



Welcome our two new apparatus to the fleet. The left one is USFS Engine 321 with a 900 gallon tank from Chelan Ranger District. The right one is from the Entiat Ranger District and has a 600 gallon tank. Both of them already know the area and should be able to hit the ground running. Both apparatus will need to go through a safety check, mechanics review and an annual maintenance before they will be able to be placed in service. They will also be outfitted and equipped with the necessary tools and gear carried on this type of apparatus. 


Chelan Fire and Rescue’s, Station 73 members who proudly serve the Union Valley neighborhoods: (left to right) FF/PM Mark Donnell, FF Eric Craw, FF Jim Littlefield; FF Clayton Kimsey, FF Lance Stark, Lt. Johnny Synder. Not shown are FF Dan Wright, FF. Tony Palazzo and FF David Emery.


Chelan Fire and Rescue invites you to participate in our Smoke Alarm program by calling 509-682-4476 and schedule an appointment to inspect and or install smoke alarms in your home.


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