Fire Officials Making Progress Fighting Wenatchee River Complex
August 01, 2010
All good news this evening coming from those fighting fires in the Wenatchee River Complex in the Wenatchee valley.
Public Information Officer Koshare Eagle tells KOHO firefighters are in mop-up mode for fires burning in Tripp Canyon and Devil’s Gulch, and made huge strides creating fire lines surrounding the 1500-acre Nahahaum Canyon fire. Crews attacked eight other fires within the complex, all of which are smoldering under two acres. Air support included five helicopters, two retardant planes, and one single-engine tanker. Eagle said firefighters put the finishing touches on lines along the western and southern flanks of the burn. Efforts building fire lines along the northeastern corner of the fire are proving the most challenging, due to the steep and rugged terrain.
Chelan County Sheriff Mike Harum downgraded the evacuation levels up Nahahaum Canyon Road from the most serious Level III designation to a less grave, but still serious Level II warning. The announcement allows residents to access their homes along Nahahaum Canyon road, but is still closed to the general public. Birch Mountain Road is also closed to the public.