Wildfire prompts Level 3 evacuations in Chelan County


by KING 5 News


Posted on July 8, 2014 at 1:45 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 9 at 6:33 AM

NEAR ENTIAT, Wash. -- Level 3 and 2 evacuations are in effect in Chelan County after a fast-moving fire grew from five acres to at least 5,000 acres late Tuesday, according to Chelan County Emergency Management.

About 250 firefighters and 15 fire engines are battling the Mills Canyon Fire, burning about four miles west of Entiat, Wash. Three helicopters are being used to fight the fire, as well as two tankers and other ground resources.

The Department of Natural Resources has deployed a type 2 incident management team to the area.

Chelan County Emergency Management officials say an Evacuation Level 3 is in effect for Mills Canyon and Dinkleman Canyon and an Evacuation Level 2 on the Entiat River Road to Dinklman Canyon.

Only residents with a valid I.D. including their address will be allowed past milepost 1.5 on Entiat River Road.

KING 5's John Langeler was in Chelan County and was tweeting the latest developments.


Rock Hill Fire doubles

Another fire at Rock Hill almost doubled in size Tuesday, growing from 1,500 acres to over 2,400 acres. But crews now have the fire 70 percent contained, up from 40 percent earlier in the day.

The Douglas County fire has destroyed two mobile homes and eight outbuildings. 30 homes are still threatened.

The area is under level 1 and level 2 evacuations.

The Southeast Washington Interagency hopes to have the the fire contained by July 11.