Chelan/Entiat—A public Fire Briefing will be held at the Chelan Fire District 7 Station in Chelan this evening, September 11 at 7:00pm for information on the Wenatchee Complex, more specifically Byrd and First Creek fires near Chelan and Entiat, WA.
Fire crews worked through the night on the Byrd Canyon Fire north of Entiat, Washington. Estimated to between 7,500 and 9,000 acres the Byrd Canyon Fire, continues to actively burn through grass, shrubs, and small timber stands between Crum Canyon on the Entiat River Road and Knapp Coulee just south of the city of Chelan. The variable winds from yesterday calmed down in the evening allowing night fire crews to support structure protection efforts. On the north end of the fire, crews were also able to make progress with a small burn out in Davis Canyon.
No homes have been lost, however yesterday evening one out building did catch fire in Johnson Creek.
Evacuations remain in place for the following areas:
Downey Canyon- Level One
Bear Mountain (on the Navarre Coulee side)- Level 1
SR 971 Navarre Coulee Road (east side) – Level 2
Crum Canyon- Level 2 and 3
Johnson Creek – Level 3
SR 971 Navarre Coulee Road (west side) - Level 3
SR 97- A Tunnel to Davis Canyon- Level 3
SR97-A from Byrd Canyon to SR971- Level 3
The trail and road closures currently in place for public and firefighter safety include:
-SR971 (Navarre Coulee) -Crum Canyon
-Oklahoma Gulch -FS road 8401 from Mud Creek- Snowberry Bowl Campground
-FS Road 5340 -Mud Creek FS Road 8500
-North Fork Entiat River Trail 1437 -Fern Lake 1436
-Pugh Ridge Trail1438 -Pyramid Mtn Trail 1433
-Pyramid Creek 1439 -Pyramid Viewpoint 1441
-Butte Creek Trail 1440
-North Fork Entiat River -Big Hill/Crow Hill
Fire-fighting efforts will continue on the First Creek fire located along the ridge of First Creek above the Lake Chelan State Park. Yesterday evening the fire was estimated at 35 acres, and 40% contained. The fire is primarily burning in brush and timber with occasional roll out due to the steep terrain. Crews will return to the fire this morning
Law Enforcement has contacted residence in the Granite Falls Creek and First Creek for a Level 1 evacuation.
For fire information contact our Fire Information Line (509) 664-9374, or (509) 664-9353