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July 19, 2013 at 10:25 PM

Fire at Lake Wenatchee claims 4 homes; residents evacuated

Firefighters along the north shore of Lake Wenatchee battle a wildfire earlier this evening. (Courtesy of Lauren Pflugrath)

Two people along the north shore of Lake Wenatchee battle a wildfire Friday evening. (Courtesy of Lauren Pflugrath)

UPDATE 10:30 a.m.:Five to seven acres have been involved in the fire that is “creeping” this morning. Three structures have been destroyed and another is badly damaged. Two helicopters and close to 100 personnel are fighting the blaze. There is concern the fire will become more active this afternoon with higher temperatures and increased wind expected, said Terri Woods, administrative manager and fire fighter for Chelan County Fire District 9.

“There is still fire in that area,” she said. Woods was not aware of any injuries.

PREVIOUS POST: A fire on the north shore of Lake Wenatchee led to the evacuation of more than 40 homes and destroyed four homes and cabins, according to Chelan County Undersheriff John Wisemore.

The fire began at about 6:30 p.m., and by 9:40 it was mostly controlled, but Wisemore said because of spot fires, the evacuation order covering the north shore between Brown Road and Lake Wenatchee Highway remained in effect.

“We have upward of 40 homes on evacuation notice, but that’s expected to go down as the fire department gets control of the fire,” Wisemore said.

Jeremiah Johnson, dispatch supervisor for Rivercom 911, which dispatches personnel for Chelan and Douglas counties said between 5 and 6 acres were burned. He said at that time 10 percent of the fire had been contained and 12 local fire departments from Chelan and Douglas counties, the Department of Natural Resources and other agencies were helping with the efforts.

Lauren Pflugrath, 58, said his family’s home made it through the fire but that surveillance cameras attached to his garage and nearby trees showed his next-door neighbor’s cabin burning.

“Our builder has been up there, and he thinks (the cabin) is OK,” Pflugrath said.

He said the home has some smoke damage and landscape problems that need to be fixed.

Information from special contributor Daniel Lathrop was included in this report.

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