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Wenatchee Complex Fires update

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Wenatchee Complex Fires update

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September 11, 2012

Wenatchee- Sept 11 (12:30pm)Canyons Fire has merged with the Twin Peaks fire burning further west and now covers at least 1000 acres.  The Byrd Canyon Fire started on Saturday, September 8 approximately 5 miles north of Entiat, Washington. It was one of 110 fires started by a lightning storm. Two other fires nearby have burned into the Byrd Canyon fire. It is now estimated at 7,500 – 9,000 acres.

Evacuations remain in place for the following areas affected by the Byrd Canyon Fire:

· Downey Canyon – Level 1

· State Route 971 Navarre Coulee Road (east side) – Level 2

· State Route 971 Navarre Coulee Road (west side) – Level 3

· State Route 97A Tunnel to Davis Canyon – Level 3

· State Route 97A from Byrd Canyon to State Route 971 – Level 3

The 20-acre First Creek Fire is located about 9 miles northwest of Chelan, Washington. This fire is very visible from the town of Chelan. A public meeting to share information about the Byrd and First Creek fires is scheduled to occur this evening (Tuesday, September 11) at 7:00 p.m. at the Chelan Fire Station No. 7 in Chelan.

The Canyons Fire has combined with the Twin Peaks fire; the acreage is unknown at this time but is in excess of 1,000 acres. The fire is burning a mile or so south/southwest of the City of Wenatchee.

· Level 3 evacuation notification is in place for residents in the Broadview Subdivision facing wildland areas. Homes in the interior of the Broadview Subdivision are under a Level 2 evacuation (but no homes below the canal).

· 40 homes west of Sage Hills Drive – Level 3

· Number 2 Canyon from above the Gun Club to the end of the road – Level 3

· Stiss Canyon – Level 3 evacuation.

· Number 2 Canyon west of Castle Heights to the Gun Club is at Level 2

· Castle Heights Drive – Level 2

· Kings Court – Level 2

· Canyon Side – Level 2

· Lindille Drive – Level 2

· Queens Court – Level 2

Increase in fire behavior in the three fires burning in the Mission Creek drainage have caused a Level 3 evacuation notification for 54 residences on Mission Creek Road from the Shelton Christmas Tree Farm to the national forest boundary.

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