Swakane Fire Spreads to Over 12,000 Acres - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Swakane Fire Spreads to Over 12,000 Acres

WENATCHEE, Wash. - As of 9pm Monday night, authorities tell KHQ that the Swakane fire has grown to over 12,000 acres and is about 30% contained. About nine miles along Highway 97A make up the east flank of the fire. The highway was closed earlier in the day because of rocks falling onto the road. Crews were able to clear the road and open up one lane about an hour later.

Fire crews reported wind gusts of over 40 mph during the day, which halted all air operations. Mark Grassel of the Washington Interagency Incident Management Team, reported that despite the red flag weather and lack of air operations, crews made considerable progress during the day.

As of Monday night, no homes have been destroyed and no new evacuations have been ordered. Over 400 firefighters are battling the fire, including departments from Chelan providing structure protection.

Previous Coverage:

Swakane Canyon Wildfire Growing

UPDATE: Crews Attack The Swakane Fire

 

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