MALAGA, Wash. -- Fire managers have lowered the evacuation level for the Milepost 10 Fire eight miles south of Wenatchee to Level 1, but they say residents should still be on alert.
The wildfire that was started by lightning Friday night grew to more than nine square miles of grass by Monday.
Fire managers said the fire was 70 percent contained by Monday evening. They said rain from thunderstorms assisted firefighters by dampening heat, but flash floods created access issues for firefighters.
Mudslides were a problem in the Colockum area south of Malaga. Chelan County Emergency Management said three homes may have been pushed off their foundations and many major roads have closed.
Mudslides closed Highway 20 east of Rainy Pass on the North Cascades Highway, along with the Malaga Alcoa Highway at milepost 12. It is not known when the roads will reopen. No travel is possible above Kingsbury Canyon on Tarpiscan and Colockum Road. A shelter has been set up at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Wenatchee.
Drier and warmer conditions were expected Tuesday and Wednesday with decreased humidity.
A public meeting was being organized for Monday evening at 7:30 pm at the Chelan Fire District Station in Malaga. More information will be posted on www.inciweb.org.
Friday night's lightning storm sparked dozens of new fires. Kittitas County Fire District No. 7 reported 20,000+ lightning strikes and 60+ fire starts in a 24-hour period.