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Colockum Tarps Fire grows to nearly 43,000 acres, 5% contained

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Colockum Tarps Fire grows to nearly 43,000 acres, 5% contained

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July 30, 2013

photo (1)(Wenatchee, WA) The Colockum Tarps Fire is burning south of the town of Malaga west of the Columbia River.  It started on Saturday July 27 at about 8:00 a.m. and grew quickly, burning dry grass, brush and timber, fueled by erratic dry winds.  The fire made a southerly 4 mile run in grass and sage yesterday bringing the fire size to 42,663 acres. Containment is 5%.

Kittitas County enlarged the Level 2 Evacuation to include the area southwest of the fire. Approximately 60 residences in the vicinity of Colockum, Tarpiscan and Kingsbury Roads continue to be under Level 3 Evacuation notification.  Today Chelan County and Kittitas County Sheriffs will be re-evaluating the evacuation levels, particularly on the north end of the fire. Three primary residences and several outbuildings have burned.  Roads to the fire area (from both Kittitas and Chelan Counties) are closed.

Fire-fighting efforts have made significant progress on the north end of the fire. Two dozen engines and four hand crews will continue to secure the north end and ensure that the fire is fully extinguished around structures.  Along the timbered west edge of the fire, dozers and hand crews will continue to establish and fortify line.  Dozers will be working on the south end of the fire, implementing a plan to establish an anchor point and build fire line toward the west edge of the fire.  Three hotshot crews, scheduled to arrive today, will join that assignment.  While providing for public and firefighter safety, resource protection is focused on structures, three power transmission lines, a natural gas pipeline, two wind farms, timber, cultural resources particularly along the Columbia River, water quality, wildlife habitat and the Natural Area Preserve.

Cooperating agencies include the Washington Department of Natural Resources, Bureau of Land Management, Chelan County Sheriff, Chelan County Fire District 1, Washington State Patrol, Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife, Kittitas County Fire and Rescue, and the Kittitas County Sheriff.

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