A new fire started yesterday in our area just West of Lake Wenatchee. The increased smoke we are receiving appears to be from this fire on Mt. Mastiff. The photos of smoke & fire are courtesy of Murray Bartholomew taken just north east of the location. The smoke is so dense that it’s begun darkening our area. Our Webcams tell the story.
A combination of Local Fire District, National Forest and Chiwaukum Complex Fire resources responded to five new fires in the area: two in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness on French and Black Pine Ridges, one near… Little Wenatchee River, one near Merritt Lake Trail, and one in Panther Creek north of Lake Wenatchee.
More thunderstorms predicted today are expected to bring lightning and gusty winds. Humidity is up slightly and temperatures are expected to be slightly lower than yesterday but still in the 90’s.
Highway 2 remains open today. Having this road remain open will depend on firefighter and public safety, any medical emergencies and fire behavior. The Chumstick detour may resume in the event of public or firefighter safety needs on Highway 2.
Evacuations: The Plain River, Ponderosa Estates, Shell station and residences near Coles Corner, and Nason Creek Campground remain at a Level 1 today.
Suppression of these fires is an interagency effort, including Chelan County Fire Districts 1, 3, 4, 8 and 9; Washington DNR; Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Bureau of Land Management, and the National Guard.
The next closest fire (Chiwaukum) continues to be active on the west and south perimeters within the Alpine Lakes Wilderness and just west of Highway 2. Fire crews continue mop up along the north perimeter and extending the handline along the wilderness boundary on McCue Ridge. Helicopters contributed to suppression efforts along the north and south perimeters with water bucket drops, effectively reducing fire activity.
Partly cloudy today with scattered thunderstorms with possible lightning mainly after 1:00 pm. Gusts of wind could be up to 40 mph. Chance of wetting rain is below 20%. The inversion will lift around 11:00 am. Active fire behavior is expected due to the dry conditions.