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The Today File

Your guide to the latest news from around the Northwest

July 21, 2013 at 2:52 PM

Chelan County fire 75 percent contained

From Staff Reporter Colin Campbell:

Firefighters say a fire that burned about five acres in Chelan County is at “75 percent containment,” and they are putting out remaining hotspots in the area, according to Terri Woods, administrative manager and firefighter for Chelan County Fire District No. 9.

North Shore Drive remains closed and probably won’t be opened until Monday morning, as fire crews monitor what is left of the blaze that took out three cabins and severely damaged a home near Lake Wenatchee, Woods said.

“They hope to lift the closure tomorrow in the morning, but it’ll all depend on the winds and heat,” she said. The biggest concerns, Wood said, are hanging snags and the dead trees.

The area is under a red-flag warning because of wind-related concerns.

The four engines still fighting the fire are in “mop-up mode at this point,” said Jim Duck, a dispatch coordinator for the Central Washington Interagency Communications Center.

The fire’s cause is under investigation, but officials have said it was caused humans.

 

“They’ll keep an eye on it for a couple of days to make sure” it doesn’t flare up again, Duck said.

Comments | Topics: Chelan County, fire, Lake Wenatchee

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