Hot, dry weather causes Lake Chelan wildfire to grow

Hot, dry weather causes Lake Chelan wildfire to grow

Credit: Alissa Evans

The Navarre Fire near Lake Chelan grew to 600-acres Saturday, July 7, 2012.

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by TRAVIS PITTMAN / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on July 7, 2012 at 1:34 PM

Updated Sunday, Jul 8 at 11:36 AM

ENTIAT, Wash.  – Dry conditions and temperatures over 90 degrees pushed a wildfire near Lake Chelan to 675 acres on Sunday.

The Department of Natural Resrouces said the Navarre Fire, burning between Entiat and Chelan, was estimated to be 75 percent contained late Sunday morning.

More than 200 personnel from state, county, and federal agencies plus contract fire crews, fire engines, bulldozers, and helicopters were fighting the fire, with more resources to arrive.

Drivers on Highway 97A are being told to be aware that helicopters are collecting water from the Columbia River.

All evacuation orders were downgraded to Level 1. Evacuation Level 1 means that residents have been warned that a fire is in the area and should monitor local media outlets for information.

Two firefighters have received minor injuries due to rolling rocks and another firefighter experienced a heat-related health issue.

Temperatures on Sunday were expected to reach the triple digits.
 

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