Forest Service fire managers continue suppression efforts on the two wildfires that remain active on the Chelan Ranger District of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.
The 25 Mile Wildfire, located eight miles west of Manson and burning in brush, grass and open timber, is estimated at 2,098 acres in size and 70 percent contained.
Fire officials transferred the management of this fire to a local Type 3 fire organization, composed primarily of US Forest Service Chelan Ranger District staff, on July 9 at 6:00 am. Fire suppression efforts, using fire crews and helicopter water drops, have been highly successful in containing the fire.
Level 1 Evacuation notices affecting the Emerson Acres, Green’s Landing and Antilon Lake campground since the start of the fire have been lifted.
The Mitchell Creek Campground, accessible only by boat, remains closed, as are Forest Service Roads 8200 (Grade Creek Road) beyond Antilon Lake and the 8200-117 (Oss Peak Road).
The 25 Mile Wildfire was human-caused. Any information about suspicious activity near the fire origin, around Dutch Harbor on the Fourth of July, should be directed to Alan Lawson DNR Fire Investigator at (509) 925-8510 or Alan.Lawson@dnr.wa.gov.
A new fire (Twin Harbor Fire, six acres) was detected Monday, across Lake Chelan from the Prince Creek campground. This lightning fire was result from the storm that passed through the Chelan area on July 7th. The fire is burning is creeping and smoldering in the lower 1/3 of the slope through brush and timber. A hotshot crew and helicopters utilizing water drops will continue work the fire today.
Residents and visitors can expect to see smoke from the two fires until the area receives significant rain as interior islands of fuel continue to burn.
The public should continue to use care and caution with fire, especially around dry grass and brush.
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