UPDATE: 1300 Acres Burned In Wenatchee-Area Wildfire - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

UPDATE: 1300 Acres Burned In Wenatchee-Area Wildfire

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A large wildfire is burning just south of Wenatchee near Malaga. PHOTO: Carl Marlin in Wenatchee A large wildfire is burning just south of Wenatchee near Malaga. PHOTO: Carl Marlin in Wenatchee
WENATCHEE, Wash. - UPDATE:

As of Thursday afternoon, Chelan County Fire District #1 is reporting that the wildfire burning just south of Wenatchee is at 90% containment. There is no timetable for full containment. 

A helicopter dumping water on the interior hot spots is estimating the total acreage burned is at 1300 acres. So far, the fire perimeter has held and crews are mopping up hot spots, which officials say will still be visible. 

Evacuation levels have been reduced from level 2 to level 1, and no structures have burned as a result of the fire. 

All road blocks have been removed. 

Officials are still investigating a cause. 

Previous Coverage: 

Firefighters from multiple agencies are battling a large brush fire burning just south of Wenatchee near Malaga.

Officials tell KHQ the fire started at 4:19pm on Wednesday and was upgraded to a three alarm fire by 5:23pm. Right now the fire is burning in mostly sage and grass, but level 2 evacuations have been issued for about 60 homes in the area. 

As of 11:30pm Wednesday night, the Malaga Alcoa Highway/Colockum Road is closed from Saturday Avenue to the Rock Island Dam.

At this point, the cause and exact acreage of the fire is unknown. 

Firefighters from Chelan County Fire Department, the Douglas County Fire Department, the Grant County Fire Department, and Washington DNR, are on scene.

If you are in the area and can safely take a photo, please email it to pix@khq.com 
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