Wildfire near Chelan grows to 4,000 acres

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by KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on August 6, 2012 at 8:29 AM

Updated Monday, Aug 6 at 5:16 PM

Firefighters are struggling to contain a wildfire burning in Chelan and Okanogan counties. The Antoine Creek Fire burned more than 4,000 acres in less than 48 hours.

More than 200 firefighters have been assigned to battle the Antoine Creek Fire, about 6 miles north of Chelan. The fire is burning on steep terrain in an area of dry, heavy sage and timber.

Thirty homes, barns and other outbuildings – as well as livestock - stood threatened by the flames.

State, federal and Chelan County crews are attacking the fire from the ground and air using two air tankers and three helicopters, which are dipping from the Columbia River.

So far, firefighters have been able to save everything, and a sign outside of one home said “thanks.”

Will Spruill is part of a strike team from the Burien Fire Department. He describes what he saw as he arrived early Monday morning.

“The whole hillside was lit up. It was going pretty good, there was a significant wind, wasn't a lot we could do until we got out this morning,” he said.

About 30 people at Alta Lake State Park were told to monitor the situation and be prepared to evacuate.

The fire started around 10 a.m. Sunday and state officials say it is zero percent contained.

Temperatures reached the 90s on Monday but winds were relatively light.

A red flag warning was in affect until 8 p.m. Monday for the east slopes of the Cascades, north-central and northeast Washington.

 

 

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