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coles cornerThere has been no significant spread due to more favorable weather and small amounts of precipitation on all fires. Fire personnel used some of the time to catch up and maintain equipment in anticipation of greater fire activity with drier and hotter weather expected this weekend.  National Guard completed their fire training and they are ready to assist with fire suppression efforts on the Chiwaukum fire along Highway 2. Chiwaukum Creek Fire: [Read More...]

Fire Update Tuesday 4:00pm

prescribedburnIts been a quiet day. A little rain, no wind and cool temperatures. The fire has remained stable and work continues performing back burns and building fire lines. Tomorrow’s weather is forecasted to contain more rain and unfortunately some lightning too.

While there has been significant resources utilized on the fire, there is zero containment. The forecasted weather reprieve ends later this week when we return to more normal drier and warmer weather.

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IMG_3487The southern perimeter of the Chiwaukum fire is located approximately 6 miles northwest of Leavenworth, and is north of Icicle Ridge.  On the northern perimeter, the fire has burned into Thompson Creek.  Dozers and hand crews constructed line on the northeast flank of the fire, north of Thompson Creek.  Structure protection continued along the highway.

The southern perimeter is being scouted for containment strategy.  On the northern perimeter, the plan is to [Read More...]

Untitled 3Fish lake resident Kenji Kato has produced a very interesting video from the digital tracking of Chiwaukum fire. Link

Michael Stanford’s, CCFD9 volunteer and frequent contributor to Lake Wenatchee Info’s photos, hauntingly beautiful photo from the Tumwater Canyon the other night has attracted national attention with both ABC and NBC calling for permission to use the photo. The photo also went viral over the weekend (of course without [Read More...]

fdOur Lake Wenatchee and Ponderosa Fire Depts. have received a number of donations from folks wanting to help out in this fire effort. THANK YOU!  A number of inquiries have been received as to how to contribute food, water etc. to help the firefighters. The answer is simple: if you wish to help out, a cash donation to the Fire Department Auxiliary to help defray the cost of purchasing food would [Read More...]

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Tumwater Canyon By Michael Stanford

ROAD CLOSURES US 2 is closed from Coles Corner milepost 84.75 to Leavenworth at milepost 99 due to fire activity.

(NEW) SR207 is open to Lake Wenatchee area and in now the Detour to Down Town Leavenworth

(NEW) Chumstick Highway is OPEN

(NEW) Beaver Valley Rd. is OPEN

Chiwaukum Creek and Coulter Creek   Roads are closed

EVACUATION LEVELS

LEVEL 3 Chiwaukum Creek and Coulter Creek and all the spur roads off of them — this includes Chiwaukum Estates

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CaptureMost of us learn by doing.

Living through a wildfire gives us not only experience but the foresight to plan on the next one. Here is a wonderful resource to use not only in times of crisis, but though out the year as we live our lives here in the Upper Valley.

CWSC

fdThis mornings fire update is available here.

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14  BURN BAN IN EFFECT  FIRE DANGER VERY HIGH jpegROAD CLOSURES US 2 is closed from Coles Corner milepost 84.75 to Leavenworth at milepost 99 due to fire activity.

(NEW) SR207 is open to Lake Wenatchee area and in now the Detour to Down Town Leavenworth

(NEW) Chumstick Highway is OPEN

(NEW) Beaver Valley Rd. is OPEN

Chiwaukum Creek and Coulter Creek   Roads are closed

EVACUATION LEVELS

LEVEL 3 Chiwaukum Creek and Coulter Creek and all the spur roads off of them — this includes Chiwaukum Estates

US [Read More...]

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ROAD CLOSURES US 2 is closed from Coles Corner milepost 84.75 to Leavenworth at milepost 99 due to fire activity.

(NEW) SR207 is open to Lake Wenatchee area and in now the Detour to Down Town Leavenworth

(NEW) Chumstick Highway is OPEN

(NEW) Beaver Valley Rd. is OPEN

Chiwaukum Creek and Coulter Creek   Roads are closed

EVACUATION LEVELS

LEVEL 3 Chiwaukum Creek and Coulter Creek and all the spur roads off of [Read More...]

Animal Evacuation Options


Loose dogs 1-26-14The Cashmere Fairgrounds are available to those being evacuated who have large animals. Of course you need to care for the animals, at this time they do not have personnel there to do that. Also, they would be able to take small animals in kennels — they would be in the shade, and I don’t know how that would be from the heat perspective. But they will take them.

BURN BAN IN PLACE, FIRE DANGER VERY HIGH

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THE CHELAN COUNTY COMMISSIONERS HAVE ENACTED A BAN ON ALL OUTDOOR BUNING. THIS PROHIBITS ANY OUTDOOR BURNING INCLUDING CAMPFIRES, BEACH FIRES, YARDWASTE AND CHARCOLA  BARBEQUES.  VIOLATIONS CARRY A SIGIFICANT PENALTY AND SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES WILL ISSUE CITATIONS FOR VIOLATIONS OF THE ORDINANCE.

THE FIRE DANGER IS RATED VERY HIGH AND THE CONTINUING DRY, HOT WINDY CONDITIONS CREATE A SITUATION WHERE ANY SMALL FIRE CAN AND PROBABLY WILL ESCALATE RAPIDLY INTO A DANGEROUS FIRE.  [Read More...]

Community Fire Briefings Scheduled

WP_20140630_17_08_23_ProTwo community fire briefings are planned for the Chiwaukum Creek Fire.

The first meeting is scheduled for Friday night at 6:30 in Plain, Washington at the Plain Community Church.

The second community briefing is also at 6:30.  It will be Saturday night, July 19th at Cascade High School in Leavenworth, Washington.

Fire officials will share information about operations on the Chiwaukum Creek Fire.
For additional information, please contact the Incident Information office at 509-888-5160 or [Read More...]

IMG_3487Levels at this time are the same as last night, no changes. If there are changes it will probably be on Chumstick Hwy. but will depend on the fire activity. Contrary to rumors, the fire HAS NOT jumped Highway 2…it has created some spot fires but the firefighters have gotten them out. The weather today is fire weather…it isn’t good for the firefighters. It is unknown what the fire will do, [Read More...]