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EAGLE CREEK FIRE UPDATE (9 a.m.)

August 23, 2013


The Eagle fire northeast of Leavenworth is still

around 1,200 acres, though the containment level is now about 25 percent. Crews are working today on the north

edge of the fire as no solid line has been built there yet.

Over 800 firefighters are assigned to the fire. Okanogan Wenatchee National Forest spokeswoman Robin Demario

said as crews work on lines today they will also concentrate on areas around homes threatened by the fire.

            Doing that mop-up around the

homes will allow the level 3 evacuation notices in place for 27 homes to be lowered to a level 2 sometime today,

bringing the total of level 2 evac notices to 67 houses.

            DeMario cautioned a road block

is still in place and only local traffic is allowed up the Eagle Creek canyon. She said there is still a potential

for rolling debris to come off the burned areas.

The fire

is burning through grass and brush in some areas and timber in others. It began around 2 pm Monday. It’s

located about five miles northeast of Leavenworth near the top of a ridge between Eagle Creek and Bjork Canyon,

east of Chumstick Highway. The cause is still under investigation.

"MsoNormal">Rain last night helped to cool the fire down some in places. As the weather warms up today, the

grass and timber will dry out causing some active burning on the northern perimeter of the fire. DeMario said

although rain can help tamper the fire, winds are a major concern.

"MsoNormal">Local resources include U.S. Forest Service, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources,

Chelan County Fire District 3, Chelan County Sherriff’s office and the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

A public meeting will be held at Cascade High School in

Leavenworth on Chumtick Road at 7 p.m. tonight for officials to share information about the Eagle

Fire.