[8/31/16] Fire Officials Report Solid Containment Lines Around Suncrest Fire

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LEAVENWORTH – With solid containment lines now surrounding the 390-acre Suncrest Fire, firefighters are being sent back to their home units across the great Pacific Northwest.
This will be the final update from regional Type 2 Incident Management Team 12. Control of the fire will be given to local fire district, Forest Service and Department of Natural Resources agents at 6 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 1.
As of 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31, the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office has reduced evacuation levels from Level 2 to Level 1 for homes north of North Road between Nibbelink and Fox roads. Roadblocks on North Road were scheduled to be removed Wednesday, as well.
The moderate intensity with which much of the fire burned will enhance revegetation and contribute to the future health of the forest.
The number of firefighters assigned to the Suncrest fire peaked Monday at 368.
The fire was reported at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27 and was driven by strong, erratic winds. Firefighters from around the region quickly responded, taking advantage of pre-season preparation work done by homeowners to provide protection.
No homes were burned and no injuries were reported.
Cause of the fire remains under investigation.