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Second Wildire Contained on Badger Mountain

August 24, 2010


If you saw that plume of smoke Tuesday afternoon in the Badger Mountain road area behind Fancher Heights, you were probably thinking déjà vu all over again. A two-alarm wildfire burned about 100 acres of grass and wheatland near the area where another blaze occurred earlier in the month. Spokeswoman. Kay McKellar says it was first reported in the noon hour in the vicinity of Gun Club Road. The smoke billowing from the fire was visible throughout the Wenatchee Valley. By 12:30 a second alarm was sounded and additional crews were brought in to help corral the blaze. McKellar reported that crews used backburning techniques to direct the fire into an area which had burned in the first week of August. That served as a natural firebreak allowing crews to contain the fire by 4pm. McKellar says no homes were ever threatened and there were no injuries. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Firefighters had mother nature on their side with only a light breeze and moderately warm temperatures. . .That’s supposed to change Wednesday when temperatures are expected to reach into the upper nineties with gusty winds.