Gusty winds caused fire activity to increase dramatically today, especially in the Chelan area. For updated information about the fires near Chelan please see the Wolverine Fire Facebook page at
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wolverine-Fire/398696820334111?fref=ts . Fire behavior also increased on the fires burning in the Methow Valley Ranger District. An updated account of those fires will be sent out directly from that district.
Fire crews are doing everything possible with the resources at hand to fight the wildfires. Firefighter safety, public safety and private property safeguarding is our number one priority.
Four fires are burning on the Tonasket Ranger District:
• Mt. Phoebe Fire, 11 miles northeast of Tonasket, is 1/5 acre in size, 100 percent contained and is being mopped up
• Dunn Creek Fire (formerly known as Oriole Fire), located 5 miles northwest of Conconully, is 1/10 acre and is lined and in patrol status
• Lime Belt (formerly known as Schalow Mountain Fire), located about 3 miles northeast of Conconully just north of Conconully Lake, is 180 acres. Four rappellers and a bulldozer are assigned to the fire. It is zero percent contained and is burning in grass, sagebrush and small pockets of timber. A nearby fire burning on Bureau of Land Management lands is about 300 yards away from the Lime Belt fire and will soon merge with it.
• Beaver Lake Fire near Beaver Lake is 20 acres, with zero percent containment. Local firefighting resources are monitoring from a distance as the fire is actively running, torching and unsafe to send firefighters in to directly attack the fire.
• A fire has been reported on Starvation Ridge; it is currently unstaffed but smokejumpers have been requested
Two fires are on the Wenatchee River Ranger District:
• The 1 acre Icicle Ridge Fire is burning near the top of Icicle Ridge approximately 4 miles southwest of Leavenworth. Unstaffed due to proximity of 4th of July fire and lack of an anchor point.
• 4th of July Fire is also on Icicle Ridge, approximately 5 miles west of Leavenworth; is now 20 acres with 10 people assigned.
• Temporary trail closures are in effect on Icicle Ridge Trail No. 1570 and 4th of July Trail No. 1579 for firefighter and public safety
One fire on the Naches Ranger District
• The 1.5-acre Nelson Butte Fire is burning in heavy timber in the William O. Douglas Wilderness, approximately 5 miles east of Bumping Lake. This fire is not threatening any structures. Four smokejumpers are assigned to the fire.