Fire behavior was a bit more active Tuesday night on the 25-acre Tumwater Fire burning just west of the town of Leavenworth. Overnight, there was torching of single trees, some falling snags and a few more glowing spots visible on the hillside. Fire activity died down considerably though after 1 a.m. due to cooler temperatures and increased relative humidity.
The 2-acre burnout on the lower portion of the east flank of the fire did not occur on Tuesday, instead firefighters ignited small pockets of unburned fuels adjacent to the fire line in the upper eastern flank to strengthen the control lines. The fire is now 70 percent contained.
Today, mop up will continue on the southern and western sides of the fire, and crews will assess whether additional ignition of unburned fuels adjacent to fire lines is necessary. If burnout occurs, more smoke will be visible on the eastern flank of the fire.
Late Tuesday afternoon, a firefighter was injured when he was grazed by a burning log rolling down the hill. He was taken to Cascade Medical Center where it was determined that he sustained minor second degree burns to his shoulder and back. He is back at the fire today on light duty.
Rolling debris, such as rocks and burning logs, continue to be concerns and safety issues for firefighters working in the very steep and rugged terrain. The spread of the fire has predominately been due to rolling burning debris.
Today, approximately 100 firefighters, two helicopters, three fire engines, and a water truck are assigned to the fire.
The fire is being managed under unified command with support from Chelan County Fire District No. 3, US Forest Service and the Chelan County Sheriff.