The 25 Mile wildfire is burning between Deer Point and Mitchell Creek above the north shore of Lake Chelan. It is now estimated at 1,555 acres with 15% containment.
This fire has been determined to be human-caused. Any information about suspicious activity near the fire origin should be directed to Alan Lawson DNR Fire Investigator at (509) 925-8510 or Alan.Lawson@dnr.wa.gov.
The Level 1 evacuation notification to residents in the Emerson Acres and Greens Landing communities of Manson, Washington as well as at Antilon Lake Campground is still in effect. 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 continue making arrangements to evacuate.
The Mitchell Creek Campground, accessible only by boat, is closed, as are Forest Service Roads #8200 (Grade Creek Road) beyond Antilon Lake and the 8200-117 (Oss Peak Road).
Yesterday fire crews kept 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 northern flank of the fire. Steep terrain and the potential for rolling debris continues to be a concern to firefighters. Mop up has begun along much of the fire perimeter. Mop up removes unburned fuel to reduce the possibility of escape or threat to structures.
Today’s weather is expected to be 89 degrees with southerly winds 2 to 4 miles per hour in the morning, becoming upslope/upvalley early in the afternoon. After 2:00 PM, winds will change to be from the West-Northwest and will bring the possibility of showers, gusty winds and lightning. Humidity will continue to be low. Fire crews will be watchful for erratic thunderstorm activity and changing wind direction.
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. Additional objectives are to keep the fire within the current “box” west of Mitchell Creek, east of Grade Creek, and south of the Grade Creek Road and to continue mop up along the fire perimeter.
Recreational boaters should be alert to stay clear of firefighting helicopters dipping water from the lake. Boating safety is being monitored and enforced by the Chelan County Sheriff’s Department.
The Lake Chelan area is a popular recreation area with many summer visitors. Arnold Baker, Chief, Chelan County Fire District #5 in Manson, said “We are really pleased with the successful fire-fighting effort on this incident. The air is clear and the tourists are having fun.”
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.