Wildfire Burns 250 Acres Near Lake Chelan - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

UPDATE: Wildfire Burns 250 Acres Near Lake Chelan

KHQ.COM - The 260-acre Washington Creek Fire, burning in grass, brush and pockets of timber approximately 6 miles northeast of Chelan, is 10-30 percent contained. 

The fire started mid-afternoon Monday and is burning on private and Department of Natural Resources protected lands. Initially, 10-12 structures in the area were threatened and a level 1 evacuation notice was in effect (level 1 means that residents were notified there was a fire in the area).

A type 3 Interagency Incident Management Team, led by Incident Commander Dave Brown, is assigned to the fire.  This team is working from the Chelan County Rural Fire District #7 office in Chelan; fire crews are based at Chelan Rodeo Grounds. 

There are approximately 100-150 personnel assigned to the fire (five 20-person crews, two bulldozers, nine engines, one helicopter and other overhead personnel).

Monday afternoon, two Single Engine Air Tankers, three helicopters and a fixed wing airplane were assisting firefighting efforts. Crews remained on the fire overnight and reported that there was moderate fire activity Monday night. 

The fire spread has been checked but the fire is not contained. Tuesday firefighters will continue fire line construction, mopping up in areas around structures. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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