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9/29/2012 3:39:00 PM
Chelan fire crews quick to respond to several odd calls this week
Vince Lovato

CHELAN -- Fire crews are preparing the for the Billy Goat Mountain fire to move south into Quiet Valley and Antoine Creek on Sept. 16, said Chelan Fire and Rescue Chief Tim Lemon.

The fire is being managed by federal and Douglas County personnel, but Chelan Fire and Rescue is prepared to handle calls from the area, Lemon said.

Residents in Cagle Gulch got a scare Sunday (Sept. 16) when smoke began creeping down into their area, Lemon said. The smoke, however, turned out to be from the Billy Goat Mountain Fire that started earlier that day.

"Our crews were able to get in and check Union Valley, Washington Creek and Antoine Creek," he said.

Early Sunday evening (Sept. 16) Lemon said his crews responded to a trauma call in Antoine Creek.

"One of the forestry fire fighters twisted and possibly broke his ankle," Lemon said. "They treated him and he was transported by his team to Antoine Creek. We transported him to a local hospital."

Lemon said the injured fire fighter was not local, but was here on a mobilization crew.

Chelan fire crews responded to a Chelan Fruit ammonia leak on Monday (Sept. 17) that occurred in the line of one of their compressors.

"They have their internal hazardous response team they use," Lemon said. "They got in there and took care of it. It turned out to be nothing hazardous or of concern."

Lemon said his staff members work in conjunction with the Chelan Fruit first responders.

"If it would have been hazardous we would have moved into an evacuation of the area," he said.

Fire personnel responded to a resident conducting an illegal burn Tuesday, (Sept. 18) on his property in Navarre Coulee.

A burn ban throughout Chelan County prohibits any kind of open fire, Lemon said. Residents can still use barbeques and other "pressurized gas" or propane-generated equipment. Natural open flame produced by any combustible fuel is banned due to fire danger.

A car traveling north on U.S. Highway 97A past Knapps Tunnel flipped at about 1:30 a.m., Thursday (Sept. 20.)

"The vehicle was traveling north, coming into the sweeping curve," Lemon said. "It left the road, hit a rock we believe and was found on its top. When we arrived there was no driver."

Chelan County Sheriff's deputies were called to work the scene.

Lemon and his staff began preparing for this weekend's potential for increased area fire activity and dry lightning two days ago.

"We check availability based on weather conditions and the environment. We have a strong contingent of personnel still available," he said.

Meteorologists at the National Weather Service are predicting that thunderstorms might move through the area, though there are no predicted thunderstorms for Chelan at press time.

Lemon said his crews are prepared to handle any emergency as it arises.

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