The 25 Mile Wildfire, which started on July 4 near Lake Chelan in north-central Washington, remains 70 percent contained across 2,098 acres of land, but Forest Service officials have reopened several nearby campgrounds.
The fire, which the Forest Service said was human-caused, has stayed 70 percent contained since Monday. Fire activity and visible smoke has significantly decreased since it ignited on July 4, but the fire will not be declared controlled until significant rain dampens the unburned fuel near the area, the Forest Service said.
Forest Service officials opened the Mitchell Creek Campground, a boat-in campground on Lake Chelan and Forest Service Roads 8200 (Grade Creek Road) beyond Antilon Lake and the 8200-117 (Oss Peak Road).
Smoke may be visible from the south shore of Lake Chelan as well as Grade Creek Road north of the fire, but it is minimal in the Chelan valley. Lake Chelan remains open to recreational and commercial boating, and businesses in the Manson, Chelan and Stehekin areas are open.
Forest Service officials caution the public to use care with fire near dry grass and brush. A red flag warning is in effect through Thursday night for increasing winds and low humidity, critical fire weather conditions.