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Fire officials report Saturday that the Sleepy Hollow Fire near Wenatchee in Chelan County is 98 percent contained, while the Monument fire near Quincy, Wash. is 100 percent contained.

The Sleepy Hollow fire burned 2,950 acres and destroyed 29 residences, one outbuilding and four commercial businesses. Three minor injuries were reported. Mop up procedures began for the fire Saturday. The public may see more residual smoke within the fire area. Infrared devices used to detect heat continue to be used around structures. Fire crews are currently patrolling and monitoring the fire looking for any possible hot spots.

Officials say even though the containment percentage has increased significantly, the northwest portion of the fire area continues to be an area of concern. On Friday, fire crews worked to reduce vegetation and debris around the area and a sprinkler system has been installed for suppression purposes. Suppression efforts are expected to wrap up Saturday evening.

Meanwhile, the Monument fire northeast of Quincy, Wash. in Douglas County burned 1,965 acres and is 100 percent contained. That fire destroyed 5 structures. Suppression efforts on that fire were completed Friday and the fire was transferred back to local fire agencies.

Hot and dry conditions will linger over the burn area through the weekend and into next week. Be sure to check your fire agencies for local restrictions, forest and state closures.

Chelan and Douglas counties adjacent to the fire area have now banned all personal use of fireworks due to extremely hazardous fire conditions. Campfires are also banned on state and federal lands throughout Chelan and Kittitas counties in central Washington State. 

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