The Navarre Fire, burning in the Navarre Coulee area 8 miles north of Entiat, grew to approximately 500 acres yesterday due to hot and dry weather conditions. A fire line has been constructed around 70 percent of the fire.
Firefighters continued to construct fire line with the aid of one helicopter and a single engine air tanker from Deer Park, near Spokane. The other helicopter that had been assigned to the fire was redirected to a new fire that broke out south of Ellensburg.
Motorists traveling on US Highway 97A will encounter delays again on Saturday when aircraft resume dipping water from the Columbia River.
A Type 3 Incident Management Team, led by Incident Commander Tony Gilmer, is directing firefighting efforts from an incident base camp located at the Chelan School District community gym.
Approximately 160 personnel from state, county, and federal agencies plus contract fire crews are now assigned to the fire. Firefighters hope to have a fireline built around the fire some time on Saturday, July 7. No structures have burned.
Current Evacuation Information:
- One residence in the Johnson Creek area, a mile west of the fire, is under a Level 3 evacuation notice and has been evacuated.
- Thirteen other residences and cabins in the Johnson Creek area are under a Level 2 evacuation order, which means that residents must be prepared to leave at a moment's notice.
- Nineteen other residences along Navarre Coulee Road have been warned that a fire is in the area and should monitor local media outlets for information. No structures have burned.
- Evacuation level status will be re-evaluated throughout the day