Federal, state and local firefighters are working to suppress a 250-acre wildland fire burning on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest’s Wenatchee River Ranger District about five miles northeast of Leavenworth in the Eagle Creek drainage.
The Eagle Fire was detected on Monday afternoon and is burning near the top of a ridge between Eagle Creek and Bjork Canyon in timber and grass, east of the Chumstick Highway. The cause is under investigation.
Overnight the fire moved in a north-north easterly direction up canyon and also backed downhill towards a few structures.
The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office has ordered a Level I evacuation notice for residents along Eagle Creek Road from milepost two east to where the pavement ends. A Level I evacuation means residents should prepare for an evacuation and stay alert for further information. There are two structures under a Level 2 evacuation notification which means they should be prepared to leave at a moments notice.
Fire managers are requesting the public avoid Eagle Creek Road for firefighter and public safety. Eagle Creek residents are asked to use Derby Canyon Road (Forest Service Road 7400) to exit the area.
Over 120 firefighting personnel and resources including two air tankers, two helicopters, multiple fire engines, a bulldozer and two 20-person crews are fighting the fire. Additional resources have been ordered, including another bull dozer, more 20-person crews and other engines.
Firefighters involved in suppressing the fire on Monday were with the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Forest Service, and Chelan County Fire Districts 3, 6 and 9.
Smoke from the fire drifted mostly east overnight, settling in low areas such as Eagle Creek and was also visible from Wenatchee. Fire managers advise nearby residents to close doors and windows to keep it from entering structures.
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