• Rainy Weather Washes Away Evacuation 3 Level Alerts As Carlton Complex Fire Burns
    Fire officials say the Carlton Complex fire got a decent dousing of rain Tuesday allowing for more progress on containment.  Now 16-percent contained, activity on the fires northern flank has subsided reducing fire danger in the areas encircling Loup Loup Pass. Fire Information Officer Mick Mueller says firefighting efforts were more aggressive. Evacuation alerts for Antoine Creek, Pleasant Lake, North Cook Mountain Road and Leader Lake have all been downgraded to a level 2. Officials say containment seems to be most solid around the most populous areas.. But the firefighting focus continues to be in the interior. Mueller says the fire is most active in interior canyons and north in the Libby Lake area.  The fire is still burning at nearly 250-thousand acres, no additional structures were lost.       
  • Rain Helps Fire Crews Make Haste On Containment of Chiwaukum and Mills Canyon Complex Fires
    Fire officials say the rain has been of some assistance in getting wildfires contained around the Wenatchee Valley.  Fire Information Officer Mick Mueller says crews are capitalizing on the help they're getting from mother nature. The 22,000-acre Mills Canyon Fire near Entiat is now 85-percent contained. Because of the rain, Mueller says crews are breathing easier about the Chiwaukum Creek fire burning parallel to Hwy 2 near Plain. Mueller also says crews are using Hwy 2 as a suppression tool. The Chiwaukum Creek fire remains at ten-thousand acres in size at ten-percent containment.  Officials also say crew members are being diverted from the 125-acre Kelly Mountain Fire, which is 30-percent contained to the now 1000-acre Duncan Creek Fire.  Duncan Creek fire crews have been doing structure protection around 14 recreational homes near the north fork of the Entiat River.  No additional evacuation notices have been issued.    INCIWEB    
  • Wauconda Lawmaker Bashes Brewster Fire Managers
    State Representative Joel Kretz was pressed into firefighting service when the Carlton Complex Firestorm threatened the community of Brewster.    Kretz says the town and its major employer, Gebbers Farms, should be credited for stopping the fire ...
  • Chiwaukum Creek Fire
    Firefighters on the Chiwaukum Creek Fire are getting some help in the form of light rain this morning and more is forecast for today and tomorrow.   At over 10-thousand acres burned the fire continues to grow but at a much slower rate according to fire spokesman, Mick Mueller. He reported late yesterday on the Southern flank of the fire burning on the West side of the Tumwater Canyon ...
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