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December 23, 2013 at 9:08 PM

80,000-acre fire in July blamed on wiring of orchardist’s pump

By Christine Pratt / The Wenatchee World

KITTITAS COUNTY — Bad electrical wiring that powered an orchardist’s irrigation pump caused last summer’s Colockum Tarps Fire, which burned 80,000 acres, destroyed four homes and many outbuildings and caused dozens to flee their properties, the state says.

Longtime Colockum orchardist William Scroggie owned the improperly wired pump, which he used to irrigate his cherry orchard, the state Department of Natural Resources concluded in a report released Monday.


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August 22, 2013 at 11:44 AM

Fire near Leavenworth 10% contained

LEAVENWORTH (AP) — A wildfire burning near Leavenworth is about 10 percent contained, but firefighters are keeping a wary eye on temperatures expected to climb into the 90s. The Eagle fire covers 1,186 acres and is located about 5 miles northwest of the Bavarian-themed village of Leavenworth. Fire spokeswoman Robin DeMario said Thursday that about 30 homes…


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August 21, 2013 at 9:50 AM

Wildfire near Leavenworth triples in size overnight

The Associated Press UPDATE: 1:45 p.m.| The latest on the wildfires in Washington state can be found here. LEAVENWORTH — A ridge-top wildfire burning northeast of Leavenworth tripled in size overnight and residents of 30 nearby homes have been told to evacuate. Residents of another 35 homes have been told to prepare to evacuate. Fire spokeswoman…


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August 20, 2013 at 11:38 AM

Fire burning near Leavenworth grows

A fire burning near Leavenworth has grown from 40 acres to over 300 acres overnight. No mandatory evacuations have been reported yet, but the fire has reached Eagle Creek Road, according to Dan Eldridge, a volunteer firefighter at Chelan County Fire District 3. As of Monday night, more than 120 federal state and local firefighters were at…


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August 19, 2013 at 10:49 PM

Fire crews fighting 40-acre Chelan County blaze

About 120 federal, state and local firefighters fought a 40-acre fire near Leavenworth in Chelan County Monday. The cause is unknown, according to a release from the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. The wildfire is being pushed to the northeast by winds along Bjork Canyon and away from structures along Eagle Creek Road  Monday afternoon. Nevertheless, the Chelan County Sheriff’s…


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August 2, 2013 at 11:00 AM

Wind shift aids Central Washington firefighters

Shifting winds overnight provided welcome assistance for more than 800 firefighters battling the state’s largest wildfire, with officials hoping to complete a 30-mile line around the 80,000-acre Colockum Tarps fire today. In other areas east of the Cascades, fire agencies welcomed a summer rain, but were closely watching for any new lightning-caused fires. At midday Friday, residents were…


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July 31, 2013 at 1:55 PM

Kittitas County evacuates residents of 75 homes near wildfire

WENATCHEE (AP) — Authorities in Central Washington ordered a new round of evacuations Wednesday near a surging wildfire, as firefighters worked to better control the blaze before thunderstorms swept through the region. The fire danger was expected to remain high in Eastern Washington through Thursday amid the threat of lightning strikes from thunderstorms and gusty…


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July 29, 2013 at 8:30 AM

32 square mile Goldendale wildfire 25 percent contained

The Associated Press Fire officials say they are starting to get control over a large wildfire burning near Goldendale on top of Satus Pass. Spokesman Randy Shepard of the interagency fire management team says the fire has grown to almost 32 square miles, but it is now about 25 percent contained. He says weather conditions are favorable…


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July 28, 2013 at 9:10 AM

Sunday Memo: Block party … Forest fires … Mariners & Sounders

Still rocking: It’s the last day to get your fill of the thrill of the Capitol Hill Block Party, the three-day music madness taking place along Pike Street. Andrew Matson, The Times main Block Head, recommends these acts today: punk rockers Ubu Roi on the VERA stage at 2 p.m.; rap from ILLFIGHTYOU at…


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July 26, 2013 at 1:38 PM

Wildfire burning at Mount Si as King County issues burn ban

UPDATE, 8:07 p.m. | Fire spokesmen say nearly 180 homes are now threatened by a wildfire burning near Satus Pass in south-central Washington while east of Seattle, crews worked on a small wildfire just outside of North Bend, according to a report from the Associated Press.

The new fire on Mount Si, a popular hiking destination, was 50 percent contained by 5 p.m. Friday and had burned about two acres. Eastside Fire & Rescue Deputy Chief Bud Backer told KOMO-TV  local fire engine companies responded before handing the fire over to the state Department of Natural Resources. A DNR helicopter has dropped water on the blaze and crews were able to create a hose line around it.

Spokesman Mark Grassel says the fire near Goldendale has burned 4,600 acres or about 7 square miles along the top of Satus Pass. No homes have been lost. Most of U.S. Highway 97 between Goldendale and Toppenish remains closed due to the fire

UPDATE, 2:11 p.m.  | A wildfire outside of North Bend on Mount Si is growing and spreading into a wilderness area, according to Eastside Fire and Rescue.

Only a small portion of the fire is accessible from a road, and the fire is moving uphill away from that road.

The state Department of Natural Resources has a helicopter responding from Ellensburg, about 80 miles away.

No evacuations have been ordered.

 ORIGINAL POST | A small wildfire began outside of North Bend on Mount Si on Friday afternoon, the same day that officials issued a burn ban for King County.

The one-acre fire caused concern because it was visible from Interstate 90, according to a spokeswoman for the state Department of Natural Resources.


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