The Antoine 2 Fire is located seven miles north of Chelan Washington near Wells Dam on the Columbia River in Chelan and Okanogan counties. The fire started around noon on Sunday and burning in grass, brush and timber. The fire is 6,479 acres in size. The increase in acres is due to more accurate mapping rather than fire growth. The fire did not grow significantly yesterday or last night. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
The fire is burning on private, state, and federal lands and is 50% contained. The containment level is a gauge of the confidence fire managers have that the fire will not escape containment lines. Crews completed the last piece of fire break last night in Alta Coulee. Fire breaks can be physical fire trail, or black, burned area that has been thoroughly checked for hot spots. Helicopters and a single engine air tanker referred to as a “scooper” dropped water on the hottest area of the fire most of yesterday.
The level one evacuation notice on residences in the area of the fire will be lifted at noon today. Level one means residents are on notice that there is an active fire in the area and a possibility of evacuation exists.
Travelers on highway 97 can expect reduced speeds in the area of the fire with possible pilot cars. Alta Creek road is closed except to residents. Alta Lake State Park remains closed for public safety today, however the park will tentatively re-open on Thursday Aug 9. For further information contact Alta Lake State Park at (509) 923-2473.
There are 307 people assigned to the fire working around the clock. State mobilization ends at end of shift today and those resources will be released to their home units today and tomorrow.
There are three helicopters assigned to the fire, and two DNR single engine air tankers are available if needed.
Overall management of the fire was turned over to type 2 Washington Interagency Incident Management Team #3 at 6 PM on Monday, August 6, to relieve the type 3 team and local fire agencies who did an excellent job in stopping the fire.
The weather forecast remains favorable with slightly stronger northwest winds 5-8 mph with gusts to 15. Max temp today 94, minimum humidity 13 percent. There is a slight change of afternoon thunderstorms.