[8/30/16] Leavenworth’s Suncrest Fire At 50% Containment, 390 Acres
LEAVENWORTH – After three days of firefighting, the Suncrest Fire is now 50 percent contained. Much of the success is attributed to aggressive initial attack resources, hotshot crews and heavy use of aircraft. Acreage figures have been reduced, taking unburned areas, such as orchards, into account. Operational concerns for today include increased traffic in the area as the Cascade School District opens the school year. As fire activity has decreased, structural protection firefighters from local fire districts activated by a state mobilization are being sent home, and one helicopter has been released. Fire commanders anticipate the fire will be fully contained by Thursday, Sept. 1. As of 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 30, the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office is reducing evacuation levels from Level 3 to Level 2 for homes north of North Road between Nibbelink and Fox roads. Roadblocks will remain at Fox and Nibbelink roads until further notice. A community meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 30, at the Chelan County Fire District 3 station at 228 Chumstick Highway in Leavenworth. Skies in Leavenworth are for the most part clear, as winds carry smoke down the Wenatchee River valley into Peshastin and Wenatchee. Smoke should diminish as fire activity continues to calm. Business and recreation in the area is operating as usual. The moderate intensity with which much of the fire burned will enhance revegetation and contribute to the future health of the forest. The fire Monday had 368 personnel engaged under the supervision of the Type 2 regional Incident Management Team 12. The fire was reported at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27. Cause of the fire remains under investigation.