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Level II Evacuations issued to homes near First Creek in Chelan

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Level II Evacuations issued to homes near First Creek in Chelan

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September 13, 2012

(Lake Chelan, WA) Level II Evacuations are being issued to 28 homes that were under a Level 1 Evacuation Status along First Creek near the south shore of Lake Chelan.  Approximately 10 homes along Granite Falls Creek are also receiving Level II Evacuation notices.  These notices are being issued as a precaution in case the First Creek Fire jumps its current boundaries.  If the fire does this, operations commanders believe the fire has the potential to move quickly to this area.

CANYONS –PEAVINE-POISON CREEK FIRE EVACUATION LEVELS REMAIN UNCHANGED

Evacuation Levels remain unchanged for the Canyons Fire burning near Wenatchee, the Poison Creek Fire burning in the Mission Creek drainage south of Cashmere, and for the Peavine Fire burning between Wenatchee and Mission Ridge.

We have received a number of inquiries about whether evacuation levels can be lowered for the Broadview subdivision in Wenatchee, where a number of homes remain under a Level III Evacuation status.  According to Deputy Incident Commander Ed Lewis, “There is a potential for weather related increases in fire activity today and there is unburned fuel between this subdivision and the current fire line.”   A hand line and dozer line has been dug to protect this subdivision from the fire and several fire crews continue to patrol this neighborhood.  Evacuation levels for this subdivision, as well as other areas under evacuation status, will be re-evaluated again tomorrow and earlier as conditions change.

There are currently 758 homes that have received evacuation notices related to the Canyons – Peavine and Poison Creek Fires.  One hundred and ninety two of these homes are under Level Three Evacuation status.

A total of 26,000 acres have burned in the Wenatchee Complex Fires.  The Canyons Fire accounts for 7900 acres, the Poison Creek Fire has burned 7300 acres and the Peavine acre has burned approximately 1000 acres.

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