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FINAL Incident Update 5-21-18 (Okanogan Flooding 2018 Flood)

May 21, 2018 - 9:13am
OKANOGAN FLOODING 2018 Final Incident Update – May 21, 2018 10 A.M. Okanogan County – With levees built to withstand expected river flows and sandbags stockpiled throughout Okanogan County, the Northeast Washington Interagency Incident Management Team (IMT) has completed its mission to solidify flood protection along the Okanogan River. Monitoring efforts will now be managed by the county’s Department of Emergency Management and cities along the river valley. Thanks to the help of dedicated community volunteers, the IMT made of firefighters from the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, the Washington Fire Service, the Washington Conservation Corps and the Washington State Patrol was able to fill and lay more than 220,000 sandbags along the river’s banks, resulting in 6,623 feet of additional protection along levees from Oroville to Okanogan. “We’re glad we were able to come in here quickly and help our neighbors and colleagues in Okanogan County,” said Ed...

Incident Update 5-18-18 (Okanogan Flooding 2018 Flood)

May 18, 2018 - 11:45am
OKANOGAN FLOODING 2018 Incident Update – May 18, 2018 11 A.M. Okanogan County – Flood mitigation efforts along the Okanogan River are moving into defense mode as crews finish shoring up protection efforts. Crews working with community volunteers have filled and laid approximately 200,000 sandbags along the river throughout Okanogan County to protect critical infrastructure and homes. Work will now focus on strengthening those barriers and responding to leaks as they arise. Although water levels are not as high as earlier forecasted, the ground is extremely saturated and may become unstable in areas. All citizens should be prepared and take appropriate actions to protect lives and property as necessary. A flash flood watch issued by the National Weather Service Thursday remains in effect. Citizens should be aware of the potential for flash floods especially over recent burn scars, as well as the possibility of rapidly rising tributary systems feeding into the Okanogan River. The...

Incident Update 5-17-18 (Okanogan Flooding 2018 Flood)

May 17, 2018 - 12:23pm
OKANOGAN FLOODING 2018 Incident Update – May 17, 2018 12 P.M. Okanogan County – The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch due to severe thunderstorms that are predicted for later today. These storms will produce the potential for flash floods especially over recent burn scars, as well as the possibility of rapidly rising tributary systems feeding into the Okanogan River. All citizens should be prepared for rising water and take appropriate actions to protect lives and property as necessary. Flooding began last week when warm temperatures melted a record Canadian snowpack into the Okanogan, Similkameen and Methow rivers and their tributaries. Incident Commanders are working closely with the National Weather Service to monitor water levels, which are expected to continue to rise through the weekend. Residents living near these rivers should continue to monitor high water levels and be prepared to move to higher ground if necessary. Colville Tribes Emergency...

Road Closure Information (Okanogan Flooding 2018 Flood)

May 16, 2018 - 3:36pm
Road closure information for Okanogan County can be found at

Incident Update 5-16-18 (Okanogan Flooding 2018 Flood)

May 16, 2018 - 10:00am
OKANOGAN FLOODING 2018 Incident Update – May 16, 2018 10:00 AM Okanogan County – More than 200 responders from around the state are continuing efforts to solidify protection of critical infrastructure throughout Okanogan County against flooding that began last week and is expected to intensify through this weekend. We want all citizens to be prepared for rivers rising and take appropriate actions to protect lives and property as necessary. These efforts are being organized by the Okanogan County Department of Emergency Management and the Northeast Washington Interagency Incident Management Team. Crews from the Washington State Department of Natural Resources and the Washington Conservation Corps are working closely with the US Army Corps of Engineers, local officials and countless community volunteers and contractors to assess and strengthen flood protections. Flooding began last week when warm temperatures melted a record Canadian snowpack into the Okanogan, Similkameen and...

Burned Area Reports (2017 Central Washington BAER Burned Area Emergency Response)

November 15, 2017 - 11:31am
Burned Area Report Summaries and Values at Risk Matrix and Treatments [Along with JPG and PDF Treatment Maps below, KMZ map files are also available to view maps in greater detail in Google Earth (and many other mapping programs). Download the KMZ file (links at right) and save to your computer. Open the Google Earth program. [ If you don’t already have Google Earth, you can download and install it for free HERE. ] Drag the KMZ file onto the Google Earth program icon or main screen (or in Google Earth, click File, Import and select the KMZ file). After the KMZ file loads, you can zoom way in for more detail, change the angle of view, show or hide layers, and adjust transparency of layers.]Diamond Creek Fire Burned Area SummaryValues at Risk Matrix and TreatmentsTreatments Map JPG and PDF format Jack Creek Fire Burned Area SummaryValues at Risk Matrix and Treatments Treatments Map JPG and PDF format Uno Peak Fire Burned Area SummaryValues at Risk Matrix and Treatments Treatments...

Burned Area Reports (2017 Central Washington BAER Burned Area Emergency Response)

November 15, 2017 - 10:31am
Burned Area Report Summaries and Values at Risk Matrix and Treatments [Along with JPG and PDF Treatment Maps below, KMZ map files are also available to view maps in greater detail in Google Earth (and many other mapping programs). Download the KMZ file (links at right) and save to your computer. Open the Google Earth program. [ If you don’t already have Google Earth, you can download and install it for free HERE. ] Drag the KMZ file onto the Google Earth program icon or main screen (or in Google Earth, click File, Import and select the KMZ file). After the KMZ file loads, you can zoom way in for more detail, change the angle of view, show or hide layers, and adjust transparency of layers.]Diamond Creek Fire Burned Area SummaryValues at Risk Matrix and TreatmentsTreatments Map JPG and PDF format Jack Creek Fire Burned Area SummaryValues at Risk Matrix and Treatments Treatments Map JPG and PDF format Uno Peak Fire Burned Area SummaryValues at Risk Matrix and Treatments Treatments...

Norse Peak Fire Closure (Norse Peak/American Fires BAER Burned Area Emergency Response)

November 3, 2017 - 12:52pm
Numerous hazards brought on by the Norse Peak Fire on the Snoqualmie Ranger District has required the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest to close down sections of the affected area to provide for public safety. The closure order can be viewed here. Click on Exhibit A and Exhibit B to view the closure map and a list of closed roads and trails.

Norse Peak Fire Closure (Norse Peak/American Fires BAER Burned Area Emergency Response)

November 3, 2017 - 11:52am
Numerous hazards brought on by the Norse Peak Fire on the Snoqualmie Ranger District has required the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest to close down sections of the affected area to provide for public safety. The closure order can be viewed here. Click on Exhibit A and Exhibit B to view the closure map and a list of closed roads and trails.

Norse Peak Hydrology Report (Norse Peak/American Fires BAER Burned Area Emergency Response)

October 31, 2017 - 4:15pm
View the Norse Peak Hydrology Report here. You may also be interested in the Norse Peak Geology and Soils Reports.

Norse Peak Geology Report (Norse Peak/American Fires BAER Burned Area Emergency Response)

October 31, 2017 - 4:05pm
Norse Peak Geology ReportObjectivesThe objectives of this report are to: 1. Identify debris flow hazards potentially affected by the fire. 2. Identify both emergency and long-term actions that could mitigate potential hazards. View the full report here and the USGS Preliminary Hazard Assessment (debris flow prediction model outputs) here.

Norse Peak Hydrology Report (Norse Peak/American Fires BAER Burned Area Emergency Response)

October 31, 2017 - 3:15pm
View the Norse Peak Hydrology Report here. You may also be interested in the Norse Peak Geology and Soils Reports.

Norse Peak Geology Report (Norse Peak/American Fires BAER Burned Area Emergency Response)

October 31, 2017 - 3:05pm
Norse Peak Geology ReportObjectivesThe objectives of this report are to: 1. Identify debris flow hazards potentially affected by the fire. 2. Identify both emergency and long-term actions that could mitigate potential hazards. View the full report here and the USGS Preliminary Hazard Assessment (debris flow prediction model outputs) here.

Norse Peak Soils Report Final (Norse Peak/American Fires BAER Burned Area Emergency Response)

October 31, 2017 - 2:54pm
Norse Peak Soils ReportObjectives: This purpose of this soil assessment is to: ● Summarize the soil types within the fire and briefly discuss the management importance of each type ● Describe the Soil Burn Severity (SBS) within the fire area ● Estimate soil erosion in watersheds determined sensitive to erosion and sediment transport ● Determine whether threat to soil productivity and threat of erosion constitute an emergency ● Determine any needed treatments ● Make recommendations to Forest management View the full report

Norse Peak Soils Report Final (Norse Peak/American Fires BAER Burned Area Emergency Response)

October 31, 2017 - 1:54pm
Norse Peak Soils ReportObjectives: This purpose of this soil assessment is to: ● Summarize the soil types within the fire and briefly discuss the management importance of each type ● Describe the Soil Burn Severity (SBS) within the fire area ● Estimate soil erosion in watersheds determined sensitive to erosion and sediment transport ● Determine whether threat to soil productivity and threat of erosion constitute an emergency ● Determine any needed treatments ● Make recommendations to Forest management View the full report

BAER Team Releases Soil Burn Severity Maps (2017 Central Washington BAER Burned Area Emergency Response)

October 15, 2017 - 12:25pm
BAER Team Releases Soil Burn Severity for Diamond Creek, Uno Peak, Jack Creek and Jolly Mountain Fires WENATCHEE, WA The Central Washington Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team, led by Forest BAER Coordinator Molly Hanson and Greg Kuyumjian, has completed gathering data and field verifications on National Forest lands within the Diamond Creek, Uno Peak, Jack Creek and Jolly Mountain Fires. The team’s soil burn severity maps for National Forest lands are available at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/maps/5633 and on the Central Washington BAER website. There are also links just to the right in Related Information box (see note below about KMZ files). The BAER team uses the maps to identify potential immediate threats to human life, health and safety, property, and natural and cultural resources on National Forest System lands. KMZ files are also available to view the maps in greater detail in Google Earth (and many other mapping programs). Download the KMZ zip file (links...

BAER Team Releases Soil Burn Severity Maps (2017 Central Washington BAER Burned Area Emergency Response)

October 15, 2017 - 11:25am
BAER Team Releases Soil Burn Severity for Diamond Creek, Uno Peak, Jack Creek and Jolly Mountain Fires WENATCHEE, WA The Central Washington Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team, led by Forest BAER Coordinator Molly Hanson and Greg Kuyumjian, has completed gathering data and field verifications on National Forest lands within the Diamond Creek, Uno Peak, Jack Creek and Jolly Mountain Fires. The team’s soil burn severity maps for National Forest lands are available at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/maps/5633 and on the Central Washington BAER website. There are also links just to the right in Related Information box (see note below about KMZ files). The BAER team uses the maps to identify potential immediate threats to human life, health and safety, property, and natural and cultural resources on National Forest System lands. KMZ files are also available to view the maps in greater detail in Google Earth (and many other mapping programs). Download the KMZ zip file (links...

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