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9/10/2012 6:16:00 PM
Wenatchee and Leavenworth fire updates
Firefighters Suppressing Wenatchee River Ranger District Fires
From Mick Mueller


LEAVENWORTH- The Wenatchee River Ranger District has about 50 fires that started as a result of a lightning storm that passed through the area Saturday night and Sunday morning.

Firefighters are locating and suppressing the largest fires, along with those closest to residents and important infrastructure. Several smaller fires in the upper backcountry remain unstaffed.

The Wenatchee River Ranger District has about 50 fires that started as a result of a lightning storm which passed through the area Saturday night and Sunday morning. Firefighters are locating and fighting the largest fires and those closest to residents and important infrastructure. Several smaller fires in the upper backcountry remain unstaffed.

The largest fire, the Canyons Fire is 860 acres, threatening 179 homes and is burning just west of Wenatchee. There are 40 homes now under a Level-3 evacuation notice in and around Number 1 Canyon and west of Surry Road in Wenatchee. Level-3 evacuations mean residents have been advised to leave their homes because of the fire danger. No homes have been lost, though one shed was destroyed.

Larger fires that firefighters are suppressing include the Williams Fire (45 acres) in patrol status; Sunitsch Canyon Fire (5 acres) 50 percent contained; Peavine Fire (50 acres) 20 percent contained; and Posey Canyon Fire in patrol status. The Devil's Gulch Fire is estimated to be more than 50 acres and active with difficult access. A forest trails and area closure is going into effect for the system affected by this fire which is an area from Beehive Reservoir to Devil's Gulch and Mission Creek Road to Blewett Pass.

The numerous other fires have been detected across the Wenatchee River Ranger District. These areas include the Beehive Reservoir area, Number 2 Canyon, Twin Peaks near Wenatchee, Brisky and Brender Canyons near Cashmere, Scotty Creek and Hansel Creek near Blewett Pass, Meadow Creek and Coulter Creek near Lake Wenatchee.

Precipitation with the storm on Saturday ranged from 0.8 inches above Lake Wenatchee to near zero in areas close to Wenatchee and was localized. New fires can be expected to be sighted over the next few days as drying continues.

There is a Red Flag Warning until 11 p.m. Monday tonight for high winds, dry fuels and low humidity. This will increase fire activity in many of the affected areas. The long range forecast is for warmer and drier weather for the next week. Local resources fighting the fires will be augmented by a Pacific Northwest Type-I Overhead Team which will assume command over the next 24-48 hours.

Hunters and other recreationists planning on entering the forest in the next two weeks are asked to be aware of the extremely dry conditions, ongoing fires, fire suppression activities and newly-posted Forest Closure Orders in place for public safety.

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