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Numerous Fires in Wenatchee, Dryden, and Entiat

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Numerous Fires in Wenatchee, Dryden, and Entiat

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September 10, 2012

Entiat-The Byrd fire has grown to 700 acres with some residents leaving.   The fire was started Saturday during that lighting storm that hit the region.   The fire burns mostly sage near highway 97A.   The highway was closed southbound at milepost 223 and northbound at mile marker 218.  No word on containment.

Chelan County—  Multiple fires in the Wenatchee Valley continue to be reported that are directly related to the large lightning storm that disrupted most of North Central Washington this weekend.

Hundreds of lightning strikes on the Wenatchee River Ranger District have resulted in over two dozen wildfires with the majority concentrated in the lower Wenatchee Valley and extending to Lake Wenatchee.

The highest ranked priority fire in the Wenatchee Valley is the Canyons Fire, staffed by Chelan County Fire District #1 and the U.S. Forest Service.  The Canyons Fire is approximately three miles west of the City of Wenatchee in the foothills area of Number One Canyon.  This fire has forced evacuations of 179 homes and is highly visible from the Wenatchee metropolitan area.  Other fires are located in the nearby Twin Peaks area and the Mission Creek drainage.

The 60-acre Williams Fire, located within the boundaries of the old Fischer Fire area north of Dryden was contained.  Another smaller fire (2 acres) is located nearby in Judge Canyon.

The Devils Gulch area south of Cashmere received numerous lightning strikes and recreationists are being asked to avoid the Devils Gulch, Mission Ridge, Sand Creek, Tronsen Ridge and Haney Meadows area.  Trail closures are being implemented and an area closure is expected Monday. Multiple agencies are working together as Unified Command including the U.S. Forest Service, Chelan County Fire Districts #1,2,3,4,6 & 9, and Department of Natural Resources.  The weather forecast calls for continued Red Flag Warnings for high winds, dry lightning and dry fuels through Monday

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