Chiwaukum Fire Update Thursday July 17th 11:00am

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, but condtions are good for the fire to grow.

 

 

EVACUATION LEVELS:
  LEVEL 1.  PLAIN and the CHUMSTICK
  LEVEL 2  PLAIN RANCHES
  LEVEL 3PONDEROSA, CAMP 12 RD and PLAIN RIVER RD.

ROAD CLOSURES:
  US 2 is CLOSED at COLES CORNER  Traffic IS NOT being diverted around via Chumstick Hwy.  Traffic needs to stay out of these areas to let the firefighters work.
  CHUNSTICK HIGHWAY is closed — local residents only
  BEAVER VALLEY ROAD. is closed …Beaver Valley Road is closed to all but local residents – they are trying to keep the roadways clear for fire apparatus.

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CHELAN COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT UPDATE 9:30am THURADAY :

All the details:
Chiwaukum Creek Fire made a large run Wednesday, growing to the east and southeast to about 5,000 acres and spotting across Highway 2.  Firefighters who were attempting to anchor and flank the fire turned their attention to point protection as winds pushed the fire toward homes and structures.  While air support continued throughout the shift, smoky conditions limited the use of air tankers.  50?100 foot flame lengths were seen above the tops of trees.  There was a night shift assigned to the Chiwaukum Creek Fire. 20140717MillsCanyonFireUpdate0800

There has been discussion about this fire being large enough to create its own weather pattern. If you’d like to learn more about this, there is a good article specifically about this fire here.

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