New wildfire in NE Wash. threatens homes
Don Seabrook / The Wenatchee World
Les Kile watches as a Chelan County fire crew arrives at his house near Entiat on Wednesday. He was put on a level three evacuation order. He and his wife decided to stay at their home at the mouth of Spencer Canyon even though fire had crested the mountain overlooking their home. Fire spokesman Mick Mueller says about 250 firefighters were aided by air tankers dropping retardant and helicopters dropping water Wednesday on the Mills Canyon fire. Several dozen homeowners have been warned they might need to evacuate.
In northeast Washington, fire spokesman Guy Gifford said Wednesday evening that several dozen homes in all are threatened by the blaze south of Ford that started earlier in the day. About 100 firefighters were on the lines Wednesday night with planes and helicopters dropping water and retardant.
Ground crews aided by bulldozers and fire engines planned to work through the night, he said.
Gifford said he wasn’t aware of any damage to homes. Several firefighters were treated for heat exhaustion.
In central Washington’s Chelan County, a wildfire that has burned across 6,100 acres, or 9 1/2 square miles, west of Entiat burned down to U.S. Highway 97A, prompting the temporary closure of a 30-mile stretch of that road between Wenatchee and Chelan. Mandatory evacuation notices were issued for several homes there Wednesday night, fire spokesman Rick Scriven said. Several dozen other homeowners were on alert.
About 250 firefighters aided by air tankers dropping retardant and helicopters dipping water from the Columbia River attacked the Mills Canyon fire on Wednesday.
A house fire is blamed for starting that blaze Tuesday.
There’s no containment yet on either fire.
Another fire early Wednesday burned about 800 acres — more than a square mile — near Quincy in central Washington. Grant County Fire District 3 Chief Don Fortier said it was nearly out by midmorning.
Hot weather is forecast through the weekend for central and eastern Washington.
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