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Plain cellars winery Have you ever wondered how wine gets bottled?  Here’s your chance to find out.   Plain Cellars winery in Plain is coming into their bottling season and would welcome some volunteers to help them through this busy time. We have friends that have done this before and thoroughly enjoyed it. If interested in helping out contact proprietor Bob Sage at  moc.srallecnialpnull@bob

Fire Update Monday 1:00pm

coles cornerAircraft continue to fly reconnaissance on all fires. As fire activity picked up, air operations increased the number of water drops. Smoke in the area has increased. The size of Chiwaukum fire decreased to 10,987 acres due to more accurate mapping.

Highway 2 from Coles Corner to Mile Post 99 (just west of Leavenworth, WA) remains closed due to increasing fire activity and to provide for public and firefighter safety.

Chiwaukum Creek Fire:   [Read More...]

Re-opening of US2 delayed….

Little Wenatchee Drainage,  By Michael Stanford

Chelan County has advised that the previously-announced re-opening of Highway 2 between Coles Corner and Leavenworth Sunday evening will not happen. The closure has been extended due to burn-outs now scheduled in the Tumwater Canyon area for Sunday and Monday.

IMG_20140726_154309_395We found a very old and very skinny black lab yesterday on the south shore of Lake Wenatchee.  He was not in very good shape and we could not locate his owner so we took him to the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society.  Is it possible to post this on the website in case any one is looking for this special old guy?

Happy to post it.


Little Wenatchee Drainage,  By Michael Stanford

The situation continues to de-escalate and feels a little calmer. The cooler weather and rain these past few days have been wonderful. If they can maintain the fire line along Highway 2 and alleviate the risk of spotting, the level of risk to all of Beaver Valley will be substantially lessened.

Chelan County Emergency Management just announced that :

“Beginning Sunday evening at 8 p.m. they will start taking traffic through US [Read More...]

14  BURN BAN IN EFFECT  FIRE DANGER VERY HIGH jpegThere was no significant spread due to the amount of precipitation on all of the fires. The fires received between .25” to .5” of rain, depending on where the storm cells moved through. There was a flash flood warning in effect yesterday.

Firefighters could not access the more remote sections of the north flank of fire due to heavy rain, extremely muddy and slick roads. Fire personnel utilized this opportunity to mop [Read More...]

Ladies invited to Sockeye fishing days

photoRollie and Barb Schmitten of Lake Wenatchee are avid sockeye fishers. They recently hosted a group of women trying it for the first time and  had a great time so they’ve declared every Wednesday during the sockeye season to be Ladies Day and will take ladies from our area out to try their hand at this fun. All you need is a fishing license-  Barb and Rollie will take provide the rest.  The goal is to help educate [Read More...]

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...]


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


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.