Wildfire forces evacuations at Lake Chelan


by KING 5 News


Posted on July 10, 2014 at 6:14 PM

Updated Friday, Jul 11 at 6:23 AM

LAKE CHELAN, Wash. -- A 400-acre wildfire burning 25 miles from Chelan has forced mandatory evacuations around Lake Chelan.

Fire officials say Level 3 evacuation orders are in place for 25 structures, 3-6 of them homes. The fire is in very steep brush and timber, but is reportedly moving away from homes.

The Snowberry Bowl Campgrounds have been evacuated. Earlier, it was reported 25 Mile Creek campground had also been evacuated, but it has not. It's currently under Level 1 evacuation, which means people should be aware of the danger.

Between 60 to 70 firefighters are at the scene; four helicopters are assisting firefighting efforts.

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The 25 Mile Creek Fire started Thursday afternoon as a structure fire on the west side of Lake Chelan and grew quickly, say fire officials. It remains zero-percent contained.

South Lakeshore Road is closed at Chelan State Park (1st Creek Road). Slide Ridge Road is closed at Windy Camp. Shady Pass is at a Level 3 for evacuations, which means leave immediately. Hales Road is at a Level 1 evacuation.

The smoke from the fire is visible from Lake Chelan, say fire officials.  Drivers are advised to be aware of firefighting traffic and air support.