Lightning strikes have sparked more than 100 wildfires in eastern Washington since Saturday night. Here’s an update on some of the largest and most hazardous ones still burning.
Wenatchee Complex Fire: The Canyons fire, burning west of Wenatchee since Sunday night, merged with two other wildfires (the Twin Peaks and Peavine fires) to cover an estimated 1,000 acres by this morning. Various levels of evacuation advisories have been issued for 290 homes, including 119 homes where residents were asked to leave. Approximately 160 firefighters from state, local and federal agencies are on site. The Canyons Fire information phone number is: 509-667-6636. Addition information about the Wenatchee Complex Fire is on InciWeb.org
Barker Fire Complex: Two wildfire fires in Douglas and Grant Counties – the Barker Canyon Fire (18,500 acres burned), and the Leahy Fire (11,000 acres burned) – jumped Columbia River last night and continue to burn through grass and bush. Crews are making progress today. There are no confirmation of any structures lost.
Yakima Complex Fire: No communities are threatened by this fire which is burning on county, state and federal lands in the Table Mountain Recreation Area in Yakima and Kittitas counties. The complex consists of many small fires sparked by a lightning storm Saturday night. Portions of the Table Mountain Area and several roads are closed, which could affect access to popular hunting areas. Campfires are prohibited on all county, state and federal lands in the area. Fire crews from DNR, US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and several Kittitas County Fire Districts are working on this fire. Containment was estimated at 5 percent this morning.
Manilla Creek Complex Fire: Consisting of three fires burning on the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, this lightning-caused complex of wildfires has burned about 1,662 acres and was 60 percent contained as of this morning. The largest fire in the complex has burned about 1,358 acres 17 miles southwest of Nesplem. The 196 personnel from DNR and other agencies assigned to this fire are working today to establish and maintain control lines around the complex which has poured heavy smoke into valleys around the reservation.
Cascade Fire: This fire, started by lightning Saturday night, is burning on the south slope of Mount Adams, mostly in the Mount Adams Wilderness Area, north of Trout Lake. As of this morning, containment was zero percent on the 1,767 acres involved. Steep terrain, brisk winds, and lack of road access make this a technically difficult incident for firefighters whose efforts are supplemented by water drops from several helicopters. The historic Gotchen Guard Station that was recently restored will be wrapped in protective foil today as a precaution.
Highway 141 Fire: This fire between White Salmon and Husum, east of Highway 141, was about 85 percent contained this morning with 100 percent containment of the 1,644 acres involved is probably by this evening. Residents who were evacuated have been able to return home. The cause of the fire, which burned on private and state lands, is under investigation.
- Get updates about DNR’s fire program: twitter.com/waDNR_fire
- National Weather Service office in Spokane
- InciWeb (updates about major wildfires)
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