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Chelan and Entiat Ranger District Fire Update 9/11/2012
The weekend lightning storm left its mark throughout the Okanogan Wenatchee National Forest. The Entiat and Chelan Ranger Districts are currently focusing resources on two major fires out of the 65 reported fires across the forest.
The Byrd Canyon Fire located north of the city of Entiat along SR97A is the largest and most visible fire in the area. Currently estimated at 7,000 acres, the Byrd Fire is actively burning in grass and brush moving north towards. High winds and light flashy fuels have driven this fire from Byrd Canyon to the Knapp Coulee Road . Much of the smoke in the Lake Chelan Basin is drifting in from this fire.
Law enforcement has contacted for Evacuations notices:
Downey Canyon- Level One
SR 971 Navarre Coulee Road (east side) – Level 2
SR 971 Navarre Coulee Road (west side) - Level 3
SR 97- A Tunnel to Davis Canyon- Level 3
SR97-A from Byrd Canyon to SR971- Level 3
Road closures:   97A Intermittent Closures     SR971 Navarre Coulee
Forest Service Roads- Crum CanyonOklahoma Gulch and FS Road8401
First Creek fire is located in an old fire scar from the 1994 fires, along the ridge of First Creek above the Lake Chelan State Park. The fire is primarily burning in brush and timber with occasional roll out due to the steep terrain.  Visible from the city of Chelan, the First Creek fire is estimated at 15 acres with about 30 personnel on scene including a helicopter delivering water drops to priority areas on the fire. Retardant has also been utilized to control progression.
Law Enforcement has contacted residence in the Granite Falls Creek and First Creek for a Level 1 evacuation.
A Type 1 Incident Management team arrived last evening to assume control of these fires.