DNR Wildfire Update: Crews gain ground on Colockum Tarps Fire, but it remains a threat

Colockum Tarps Fire map
The Colockum Tarps Fire has burned more than 80,000 acres in Kittitas and Chelan counties. Image: Inciweb.og

The last remaining fire line is being completed today along the western perimeter of the 80,400-acre Colockum Tarps Fire. Steep, irregular terrain has made completion of this line difficult. All other fire lines surrounding the Colockum Tarps Fire have been reinforced similarly by widening the line and mopping up (extinguishing hot spots and burning out grasses and other fine fuels) inside the perimeter.

If the burnout part of the mop-up operation is conducted today, additional strike teams of engines will be place to continue patrolling and mopping up during night shifts tonight.

This fire has been burning since Saturday, July 27, 2013, through dry grass, sagebrush and timber growing in steep drainages along the western shore of the Columbia River, 11 miles southwest of Wenatchee, Washington. As of this morning the fire was 60 percent contained. It still threatens three major powerlines, a natural gas line, two wind farms, timber, wildlife habitat, water quality, and range lands.

DNR has issued a statewide burn ban on all lands under its protection (about 9 million acres ) through September 30. The ban applies to all forestlands in Washington State, except federal lands, and prohibits campfires in all state, local and private campgrounds.

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