Central Washington Interagency Communication Center (CWICC) began operations in the spring of 1992. The Southeast Region of Department of Natural Resources, Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Bureau of Land Management and Mid-Columbia River National Wildlife Refuges are provided with all-risk dispatching from this center. CWICC’s area covers 22,520,959 acres, with protection of 7.5 million acres encompassing 17 counties, comprising about 50% of the State of Washington.
Southeast Department of Natural Resources Regions include: Alpine, Klickitat and Snake River.
Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest Ranger Districts include: Tonasket & Methow Valley RDs (Okanogan Division); Chelan & Entiat RDs (Columbia River Division); Wenatchee River RD (Wenatchee River Division), and Cle Elum & Naches RDs (Yakima River Division).
Bureau of Land Management lands on the East slopes of the Cascade incude; Benton, Chelan, Douglas, Franklin, Grant, Kittitas, Klickitat and Yakima counties.
Mid-Columbia National Wildlife Refuge Complex provides management and support for seven national wildlife refuges and one national monument. These lands are on or near the Columbia River in Washington and Oregon, including Cold Springs, Columbia, Conboy Lake, McKay Creek, McNary, Toppenish and Umatilla National Wildlife Refuges and Hanford Reach National Monument.
Central Washington Interagency Communication Center (CWICC) serves as the focal point to provide all-risk dispatching, logistical support, intelligence, resource status and availability, relative to anticipated and ongoing incident activity for all cooperating agencies within the CWICC area of influence. The center facilitates movement of resources between cooperating agencies, units and concurrently ensures fire suppression capabilities by monitoring weather, fire danger and prescribed burning activity within the area. The center also responds to requests for resources to neighboring units and NWCC.
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