August 18, 2011
It was a busy day for fire crews and law enforcement Wednesday, with fires, road
closures, and a power outage.
A fire broke out at about 2pm on Highway 2 in the Tumwater Canyon outside
Leavenworth, near rock slope stabilization work. Multiple air and ground crews responded, and Highway 2 was closed
due to falling rocks and hazards to the public from the brush fire. That fire has been estimated at 40 acres and
is expected to grow overnight, but officials said they remain fairly confident they have the resources needed to
keep the blaze in check.
Traffic was routed through Chumstick Highway, which was also
briefly closed just before 4pm due to a tree limb falling on power lines at Spromberg Canyon. About 700 PUD
customers briefly lost power, but crews restored electricity to most houses and had the road opened within about
Down the valley a 2 alarm house fire burned in the Baker Flats area north of
East Wenatchee on Highway 2/97. That fire started just before 4pm and briefly closed highway 97, but the DOT was
soon able to open one lane to alternating traffic.
We have no word yet on the cause of
either of these fires.
area along Highway 2. Fire officials say the fire is around 2 acres right now. Officials are
scrambling to fight the burn, with coordinators calling for air and ground resources, with likely more on the
"font-size: 16pt">The National Weather Service has called for a “red flag” warning today, with winds
expected anywhere from 20-30 miles per hour, with possible gusts up to 40 mph.
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could cause some massive travel headaches tonight. Fire officials are preparing to close Highway 2 to
traffic and reroute along the Chumstick. Folks making their travel plans to or from Seattle should plan
accordingly and strongly consider taking I-90 Snoqualmie Pass before 7:30. WSDOT officials plan on closing
I-90 at Snoqualmie Pass as well at 7:30 for previously planned construction work.
updates as we learn more details.