Central Wash. wildfire spreading toward wind farm

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by KING 5 News and Associated Press

KING5.com

Posted on July 29, 2013 at 6:49 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 30 at 6:26 AM

A wildfire burning south of Wenatchee in the Colockum Pass area has grown to about 39 square miles and is spreading toward a wind farm near Vantage.

Fire spokeswoman Karen Ripley reported on Monday the fire had burned three homes and several outbuildings since breaking out Saturday. About 60 residences have been evacuated.
   
Ripley said fire officials are working on a plan to stop the fire at a ridge north of the Wild Horse wind farm, which was about eight miles from the flames on Monday afternoon.   She estimates the fire is at least two days away from that point.

Wild Horse shut down access roads on the property to all except emergency personnel.

Kittitas County issued a level 2 evacuation warning late Tuesday for some areas in the fire's path. Level 2 means pack and prepare to leave.

About 300 people are working on the fire, with assistance from multiple helicopters. Firefighters focused Monday on keeping the fire out of forested lands to the west.

Mile Marker 28 Fire

A fire burning near Goldendale has grown to more than 20,000 acres.

The fire along the top of Satus Pass is threatening about 144 structures, including about 69 residences. No structures have been destroyed but all have been evacuated.

The fire was about 25 percent contained Monday morning and about 1,200 people are working to stop it.

Most of Highway 97 between Goldendale and Toppenish remains closed.

444th Fire

The 18-acre Mount Si fire was human-caused, the Department of Natural Resources said Monday.

Fire managers consider the fire to be 75 percent contained.

Approximately 80 firefighters DNR, as well as Eastside Fire and Rescue, are fighting the 444th Fire, named because it is burning near 444th Avenue just east of North Bend.

The fire is burning in steep, rocky terrain at the base of Mount Si. Trail closures remain in effect for; Mount Si Trail, Little Si Trail, and the Garden Loop Trail. 

Chelan fires

Four new fires were reported in the Lake Chelan area that were ignited by lightning on Sunday.

The largest fire is the Moore Point Fire about seven miles southeast of Stehekin. The fire estimated between 40-50 acres, is burning on private land and within Lake Chelan Sawtooth Wilderness Area.

Twenty firefighter personnel, one helicopter, and one scooper plane are working the fire as more resources are ordered.

Forest Service officials have closed Moore Point campground, as well as the Lakeshore Trail #1274 between Meadow Creek and Flick Creek campground.

Three smaller fires also ignited.

Burn ban

The King County Fire Marshal's Office announced it issuing a fire safety burn ban in unincorporated areas of the county starting Monday because hot and dry weather has increased the risk of outdoor fires.

Recreational fires must:

  • Be built in a metal or concrete fire pit, such as those typically found in designated campgrounds, and not be used as debris disposal
  • Grow no larger than three feet in diameter
  • Be located in a clear spot free from any vegetation for at least 10 feet in a horizontal direction, including at least 25 feet away from any structure and allow 20-foot vertical clearance from overhanging branches
  • Be attended at all times by an alert individual and equipment capable of extinguishing the fire

For properties located within cities, contact your local jurisdiction for requirements.

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