Mills Canyon Fire explodes to 18,000 acres


by KING 5 News and Associated Press

Posted on July 10, 2014 at 7:07 AM

Updated Friday, Jul 11 at 4:25 AM

ENTIAT, Wash. - A wildfire burning west of Entiat grew to 18,000 acres Thursday night, fire officials said. That's nearly triple the size from earlier in the morning.

There are 109 residences under a mandatory Level 3 evacuation and another 122 under a Level 2 evacuation, which means residents should be ready to head out.

Just over 400 firefighters are battling the fire burning at Mills Canyon Thursday, up from 250 on Wednesday. They were aided by air tankers dropping retardant and helicopters dropping water.

"Firefighters from all over the state have come in to protect the structures," said Joe Anderson, a fire spokesman. No homes have burned and there have been no injuries, he said. The fire remains zero-percent contained.

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A 30-mile stretch of US-97A has reopened from Wenatchee at milepost 201 to milepost 230.5 south of Chelan.

The Mills Canyon fire was sparked by a house fire Tuesday in the Mills Canyon area and quickly spread.

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Fire evacuation levels (Source: Chelan County Fire Dist. 1)

Level 1 evacuations are an alert. Residents should be aware of the danger that exists, and monitor local media outlets for information. Residents with special needs, or those with pets or livestock, should take note and make preparations for relocating family members, pets, and livestock.

Level 2 evacuations indicate there is a significant risk to your area, and residents should either voluntarily relocate to a shelter or with family/friends outside of the area, or, be ready to leave at a moments notice.

Level 3 means danger is currently affecting your area or is imminent, and you should leave immediately.

Other fires burning in Washington:

  • Rock Hill Fire: Douglas County. 2,200 acres. Should be 100 percent contained by Friday.
  • Trinidad Fire: Near Quincy along Highway 28. 800 acres. 10 percent contained
  • Palisades Flats Fire: 25 miles east of Wenatchee. 100 acres.
  • Lake Spokane Fire: South of Springdale. 225 acres.
  • Near Bridgeport: 400 acres. Seven homes on Level 2 evacuation.