On July 4th, local firefighters, the U.S. Forest Service and the Washington Department of Natural resources responded to a wildfire reported burning north of Manson, Washington across Lake Chelan from the “Twenty-Five Mile” State Park.
The fire is burning above the Dutch Harbor area and is now estimated at 1,555 acres with 10% containment. The cause of the fire is under investigation. A Level 1 evacuation notification has been given by the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office to residents in the Emerson Acres and Green’s Landing communities of Manson, Washington as well as at Antilon Lake Campground.
A Level 1 evacuation notice means residents should be aware of the danger that exists in the area and monitor local media outlets for information. Residents sensitive to smoke or with special needs should begin making arrangements to evacuate.
Forest Service Road #8200 (Grade Creek Road) has been closed beyond Antilon Lake. Yesterday, two 10-person crews provided structure protection for private residences within the fire perimeter and at the Mitchell Creek Campground. The Mitchell Creek Campground, accessible only by boat, has been closed. All campers within the fire perimeter have been evacuated.
Yesterday fire crews were able to keep the fire west of the Mitchell Creek drainage, east of Grade Creek and south of the Grade Creek Road. The fire burned most actively along the northwest and west flanks of the fire. Steep terrain and the potential for rolling debris will increase spotting potential.
Today’s weather is expected to be 83 degrees with northwest winds 5 to 7 miles per hour in the morning becoming upslope/upvalley early in the afternoon with humidity around 27 percent. Although forecasted winds are expected to decrease during the day, winds along Lake Chelan are notorious for increasing steadily throughout the day. Fire crews will be watchful for increasing winds and changing wind directions.
The objective for today is to provide for firefighter safety and public safety and to coordinate with Chelan County Sheriff’s Department so that the public is not exposed to danger. An additional objective is to keep the fire within the current “box” west of Mitchell Creek, east of Grade Creek, and south of the Grade Creek Road.
A Type II Interagency Incident Management Team led by Incident Commander Larry Nickey took over management of the fire beginning today at 0600 AM. The Incident Command Center is located at the Manson High School. Cooperating agencies include the U. S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Washington State Department of Natural Resources, Chelan County Sheriff and Chelan County Fire Districts 5 and 7.
The Lake Chelan area is a popular recreation area. We request that local visitors safely view firefighting efforts from the South shore of Lake Chelan and suggest that Twenty-Five Mile State Park is a good vantage point. Recreational boaters should be alert to stay clear of firefighting helicopters dipping water from the lake. Recreational boating safety is being monitored and enforced by the Chelan County Sheriff’s Department.