(Chelan, WA) On July 4th, local firefighters from the U.S. Forest Service and the Washington Department of Natural Resources responded to a wildfire reported north of Manson, Washington across Lake Chelan from 25-Mile State Park late in the afternoon.
Named from where the fire was first reported, the 25-Mile Fire ignited near the Dutch Harbor area on private property. Estimated at 500 acres, the fire is burning on both private and Forest Service land, moving down lake towards the Mitchell Creek drainage. At this time, no structures have been lost.
A Washington Department of Natural Resources Type III Incident Management Team headed by Incident Commander Dave Brown was given management authority for the 25 Mile Fire Friday morning. The Incident Management Team immediately began the process of assessing the situation and mobilizing additional resources to aid in the suppression efforts.
Because of public and firefighter safety concerns fire managers have initiated closures in the area. A Level 1 Evacuation notice has been issued by Chelan County Sheriff’s Office to residents in the Emerson Acres area north of Green’s Landing in Manson, Washington as well as at Antilon Lake Campground.
A Level 1 evacuation means residents should be aware of the danger that exists in the area and monitor local media outlets for information. At this level, residence sensitive to smoke or with special needs should begin making arrangements to evacuate.
The Forest Service Road #8200 (Grade Creek Road) has been closed beyond Antilon Lake.
In addition, structure protection is in place for private residences within the fire perimeter as well as at the Mitchell Creek campground. Mitchell Creek campground has been closed and all campers within the fire permitted have been evacuated.
Over 250 fire personnel will continue to arrive throughout today to support the suppression efforts, including five 20 person hot shot crews and will be dispersed where needed.
A Type II Incident Management lead by Incident Commander Larry Nickey from the Washington Department of Natural Resources will take over management actions of the 25 Mile Fire Friday evening. The Incident Command Post is located at Manson High School.
Fire managers are concerned about the predicted wind forecast for the weekend and will focus their efforts on keeping the fire west of the Mitchell Creek drainage and south of the Forest Service Road #8200 (Grade Creek Road). Firefighter and Public safety will continue to be a priority for management of the fire.
For information on the current fire situation, contact the Chelan Ranger District (509)682-4900.