NCW — Fire officials this weekend set a containment date of Dec. 1 for the Wenatchee Complex fires, which are now 70 percent contained.
And while many of the resources assigned to the fires that stretch from Leavenworth to Chelan are demobilizing, fire officials say what they’ve always said — it will take significant rain or snow to actually put them out.
Several of the fires are considered 100 percent contained, but there are some burning in higher elevations that have not been actively fought, and have not been contained at all, said fire spokesman Mick Mueller.
“Most of the work now is really switching towards rehabilitation,” he said.
By Saturday evening, firefighting personnel had been reduced to 244, and total acres remained at 56,478 acres.
Meanwhile in Omak, firefighting efforts were still in full swing for the 14,443-acre St. Mary’s Mission Road Fire, which ignited Oct. 2 in gusty winds. The blaze is now 40 percent contained.
The cause of that fire, which burned two homes and eight other buildings, and threatened the Paschal Sherman Indian School, is still under investigation.
Firefighters kept lines intact Saturday night, and plan to strengthen lines today.
Fire officials will host a public meeting to provide the fire status and answer questions at 6 p.m. on Monday at the East Omak Community Center.
K.C. Mehaffey: 997-2512