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Tumwater Canyon Fire Grows Slightly Overnight

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LEAVENWORTH, Wa. - The Tumwater Canyon Fire is approximately 200 acres.  The Tumwater Canyon Fire is six miles north of the city of Leavenworth and is located on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Wenatchee River Ranger District.

There are 200 fire personnel assigned to this incident, including Forest Service Fire Crews from the Wenatchee River, Entiat, and Cle Elum Ranger Districts, Chelan County Fire Districts 3 and 9, along with the Prineville, La Grande and Union Hotshots with air support from the Forest Service and the Department of Natural Resources. 

The fire is burning in steep, rugged terrain.  It is burning in the Tumwater Canyon, south of the Wenatchee River Bridge and east of Highway 2 in a mix of grass, shrub and mixed conifer vegetation. The strategy today is to keep the fire out of private timber lands, protect resources, and ensure firefighter and public safety.

For firefighter and public safety, Washington State Patrol has temporarily closed Highway 2 from Coles Corner to Leavenworth. A detour has been set-up through the Chumstick Valley which adds fifteen minutes travel time to Leavenworth.  The closure is due to the need for staging fire equipment on the highway due to limited parking areas and the rolling debris associated with the fire.

Additional resources and suppression activities will be on the fire today.  The terrain and vegetation that the fire is burning will result in hazy skies, mainly in the morning.  Smoke is expected to decrease as suppression activities continue this weekend.

Temperatures are expected to be in the mid-80's with clear skies and light winds this weekend.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

For Highway 2 road closures, dial ‘511' on your cell phone for current updates.

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