MANSON, Wash. -- Some 250 firefighters are converging on a wildfire burning northwest of Chelan. The fire, which swelled to 1,800 acres late this afternoon, is being whipped up by swirling winds. So far no structures have been damaged.
Dozens of residents are on a level one evacuation notice. Level 1 means residents should be aware of the danger and monitor media reports for updates. Residents with special needs or who are sensitive to smoke should prepare to evacuate.
Firefighters are setting up a camp at the Manson High School. With no other major fires in the area, there is no competition for personnel or equipment.
Judy Day lives in a canyon at the base of the fire and said she could see smoke and the glow of flames last night but the valley cleared out today.
For most of the day winds were blowing in her favor but this afternoon they began to change direction and blow more toward her and her neighbors.
The U.S. Forest Service says the 25 Mile Fire started Thursday on private property across Lake Chelan from 25-Mile State Park. The fire is burning on both private land and Forest Service land. No structures have burned.
The Level 1 evacuation is in place for the Emerson Acres area north of Green's Landing in Manson as well as the Antilon Lake Campground.