Wenatchee River Complex Fire Update - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Wenatchee River Complex Fire Update

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CHELAN COUNTY, Wash. - The Nahahum Canyon fire is now estimated at over 600 acres. Yesterday, the fire actively burned and was attacked from both the air and the ground. Structure protection was the focus of the night shift operations. Preventative measures taken by homeowners to create defensible space was a significant help to the firefighters working to keep fire from the homes.

Approximately 53 residences on the Nahahum Canyon Road above mile post 3 were evacuated yesterday afternoon. The Chelan County Sheriff's Office conducts evacuations in conjunction with situation information from local fire officials. A Red Cross Shelter is available to evacuees at Cashmere High School. Residents below mile post 3 in the Nahahum Canyon area are under notification to keep aware of the fire conditions and be prepared to leave if directed.

Firefighting personnel from across the state arrived throughout the night and more are arriving today to assist in the suppression efforts on this fire and others in the area. Structure protection resources have been mobilized under the State Fire Marshall, along with wildland forces from natural resource agencies. Eight helicopters are assigned to the fire; two retardant planes and one single engine air tanker (SEAT) are available if needed.

The Nahahum Fire is the largest in the Complex of fires now being managed together as the Wenatchee River Complex. Other fires include the Devil's Gulch Fire near Beehive Reservoir, the Tripp Fire three miles southwest of Cashmere, and five other fires in the area, each of which is less than two acres. Landmarks near those fires include Red Hill, Sheep Mountain, Tronsen Ridge and Yaksum Canyon. People are asked to avoid these areas for their safety. Public and firefighter safety is the top priority on all the incidents.

 

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