July 12, 2010
Firefighters battling the Swakane Canyon fire used the wind to their advantage last night. Crews were able to contain the southwest flank of the fire by setting backburns. Steve Hair was briefed by fire information officer, Mark Grassle.
Highway 97A has re-opened from its temporary closure due to wildfire activity between Entiat and Wenatchee. The Swakane Wildfire is active in that general area. Now measuring over 56-hundred acres in size the fire continues to burn very close to Hwy 97A and there are fire traffic and crews working close to the road. If travelers can avoid the area, reducing congestion and protecting safety, by using Hwy 97 (on the east side of the Columbia River) it would be recommended. The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office has declared a Level I Evacuation Advisory along Hwy 97A from the 9800 block (approximately Milepost 209) south to the Turtle Rock Estates (approximately Milepost 207). The Turtle Rock Estates area has been under Level I advisement since early today. This new additional closure affects approximately 10 homes. Under Level I, people are advised that there are severe threats from the approaching wildfire. It recommends that preparations and precautions be made for people with special needs and mobile property and (under certain circumstances) pests and livestock. There is also a Level II Evacuation Advisory along Swakane Canyon, affecting 3 permanent residences. Level II advises that dangerous conditions exist that may threaten a person’s residence or business and a person must be prepared to leave at a moment’s notice. The ability to provide emergency service protection may be limited in this situation.