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Chelan area fires now over 140,000 acres

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Fire approaches Chelan High School on Friday. Fire approaches Chelan High School on Friday.
CHELAN, Wash. -

UPDATE: 10:30 a.m. Sunday: Fire crews in Chelan fighting the Chelan Complex fire and other area fires say the fires burned a combined 140,703 acres as of Sunday morning.

The Chelan Complex fire has burned an estimated 87,412 acres and is 35 percent contained. The Wolverine fire has burned 49,570 acres and is 30 percent contained. The First Creek fire has burned about 3,541 acres and is 2 percent contained and the Blankenship fire has burned 180 acres with zero percent containment.

Fire crews continue to battle active fire behavior and warm and dry conditions over the weekend. 

There will be a 7 pm community meeting on Sunday in Manson at the Grange Hall.

Level 3 evacuations are in place for approximately 1,000 residents in the greater Chelan area. Evacuation information is available from Chelan County Emergency Management. Red Cross shelters are established at MOE Elementary, 407 East Woodin Ave, Chelan; Sterling Middle School, 600 North James Street, East Wenatchee; and Brewster High School, 503 S. 7th St, in Brewster

UPDATE: 4:00 p.m. Saturday:

Fire crews are on the scene of the Chelan Complex Fire and other fires in the area. The combined acreage of those fires is 134,814 acres.

The Chelan Complex Fire which includes the Reach, Black Canyon and McFarland Creek fires, is currently 86,412 acres and is 35 percent contained.

Evacuation information:

LEVEL 3 areas

South Shore from State Park to 25 Mile Creek, First Creek, Bryant, Granite Falls, Stern

LEVEL 2 areas
Union Valley Including (list may not be complete) Albers, Blazing Star, Sunset Ridge, Skyfall, McGinty, Cottontail, Cricket, Bramble, Open, Nancy, Whitetail, Horseshoe, and any other side roads accessed from Union Valley. 
Cagle Gulch 
Cooper Gulch 
Swanson Gulch
Navarre Coulee/South Shore from Sunnybank to the State Park

LEVEL 1 areas
Antoine Creek, Quiet Valley Local traffic only
Washington Creek, Tenant Lane Local traffic only
8 summer cabins below Cottonwood Campground on the Entiat.

UPDATE: 9:00 a.m. Thursday

Firefighters have managed to hold the Chelan Complex Fire and five other nearby fires at just over 123,00 acres.

Here are some quick facts on the breakdown of each of those fires:

Approximate acreages and containment levels:
 
Chelan Complex: 69,445, ac. and 50% contained

First Creek: 1,731 ac. and 2% contained

Black Canyon: 6,761 ac. and 0% contained

McFarland Crk: 4,708 ac. and 0% contained

Wolverine: 40,470 ac. and 30% contained

Blankenship: 180 ac. and 0% contained

Total: 123,295 ac.

Level 3 evacuations are in place for approximately 1,000 residents in the greater Chelan area. 
For the most up-to-date information on evacuations, check the Chelan County Emergency Management Facebook page: http://tinyurl.com/nzwgo2u


UPDATE: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday: 

Fire officials say the Chelan Complex, combined with the Black Canyon, McFarland Creek, First Creek, and Wolverine fires have burned more than 123,000 acres. 

A total of 56 structures in Chelan County and 17 in Douglas County has been lost. 

Level 3 evacuations remain in place for approximately 1,000 residents in the greater Chelan area. Red Cross shelters are established at MOE Elementary, 407 East Woodin Ave, Chelan; Sterling Middle School, 600 North James Street, East Wenatchee; and Brewster High School, 503 S 7th St, Brewster. 

Chelan Complex: 69,445 acres - 50% contained

First Creek: 1,731 acres - 2% contained

Black Canyon: 6,761 acres - 0% contained

McFarland Creek: 4,708 acres - 0% contained

Blankenship: 180 acres - 0% contained

Wolverine: 40,470 acres - 30% contained

UPDATE: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday: 

Fire officials monitoring the Chelan Complex Fire say significant progress has been made on the fires over the last 24 hours and containment is now being listed at 30%, while the size is estimated to be 63,425 acres. 

Firefighters are continuing structure protection efforts on several fire fronts while building containment lines where possible. 

Teams from the Washington Department of Natural Resources, State Fire Marshal and the Washington National Guard are assisting in the effort. Six helicopters and two airplanes are helping fight the fire from the air. 

Level 3 evacuations in place for approximately 2,900 residents in the greater Chelan area. Evacuation information available from Chelan County Emergency Management. Red Cross shelters are established at MOE Elementary, 407 East Woodin Ave, Chelan; Sterling Middle School, 600 North James Street, East Wenatchee; and Brewster High School, 503 S 7th St, Brewster.

Previous Coverage: 

At a press conference on Monday, Fire Public Information Officers Rob Allen and Rich Magnussen from Emergency Management announced the three fires burning near Chelan are now being referred to as the Chelan Complex Fire. 

The three fires (Cagle, Reach and Antoine) have merged and will now be collectively referred to as the Chelan Complex Fire. As of Monday afternoon, it is estimated the fire has burned just under 60,000 acres. 

Fire officials say there is still concern about the north side of town, where around 400 homes are still under evacuation orders. In all, there are more than 2,000 homes on Level 3 evacuations and a couple hundred on Level 2. So far, 32 homes have been confirmed as lost, but crews expect that number to end up being 50-75 when they get a better chance to evaluate. 

There are around 1000 people working to contain the blaze, despite a tremendous strain on the fire system. 

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