Mills Canyon Fire Update
July 11, 2014 - 9:00 am
FIRE INFORMATION WEBSITE: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3937/
The Mills Canyon fire continues to burn near the town of Entiat. The fire started on July 8, and remains under investigation by the Washington Department of Natural Resources. Cooperating agencies include U.S. Forest Service (USFS), Washington State Department of Natural Resources, (WA DNR), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Chelan County Emergency Management, the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office, and Chelan County Fire District 8.
Last night’s public information meeting was held at the local fire station in Entiat to update local residents on the fire situation and listen to concerns regarding the fire. Approximately 72 residents attended the meeting.
Fire Situation: Crews worked throughout the night protecting structures in the vicinity of Roaring Creek and
Dinkelman Canyon. The establishment of a containment line allowed the road closure to be lifted yesterday evening along Highway 97A, between Entiat River Road to Wenatchee for a short period of time, but has since been closed due to firefighting activity in that area. Safety of the public and firefighters is the highest priority on the Mills Canyon Fire.
Today, hotshot crews continue work on the south and northwest portions of the uncontained perimeter of the fire. Hotshot crews from Oregon and Washington include Union, LaGrande, Winema, Redmond, Prineville, Wolf Creek and Entiat. Firefighters are working closely with local Resource Advisors to minimize the impacts of fire suppression activities.
Dozers will be working the southern perimeter of the fire to extend the containment lines. Challenges for fire personnel include steep rocky terrain, flashy fuels, warm weather conditions, and locating safe access routes into remote areas.
Smoke may be heavy at times in the Entiat River valley, particularly down valley from the Mills Canyon Fire.
Heavy smoke can be of concern to elderly, young children, and anyone with respiratory health conditions.
Those persons may need to take precautions by staying indoors and limiting outdoor activities until smoke
TOTAL PERSONNEL: 646