Wildfire near Entiat stable; more fires start

ENTIAT — Fire officials say they’re getting a better handle on a wildfire burning in central Washington even as new, smaller fires were reported around the state Monday.

The Mills Canyon fire near Entiat was 34 percent contained Monday night, fire spokesman Vladimir Steblina said. It has burned across about 35 square miles. The area saw a few lightning strikes Monday but no new fire starts, he added.

A new 20-acre brush fire near Lyle in southern Washington prompted the temporary closure of about 5 miles of state Highway 14 Monday night, the state Department of Natural Resources said.

In the Methow Valley of north central Washington, ground crews, air tankers and helicopters hit hard Monday at a new 600-acre fire burning in grass and sagebrush south of Carlton, spokesman Chuck Johnson said. No homes were believed threatened.

Residents of three dozen homes near the Mills Canyon fire have been told to evacuate. Officials notified residents of about 500 other homes to watch fire updates and be prepared to leave if necessary.

Monday’s focus was on the southwest and northwest corners of the fire.

“They’re taking advantage of the light winds we’ve had to go to a direct attack on the fire,” fire spokesman Danny O’Connor said.

That means they’re getting closer to the flames and going after hot spots, he said.

The Mills Canyon fire was the largest of a half-dozen fires burning in central and eastern Washington. The others were all less than 3 square miles.

More in Local News

A Democrat and ex-Republican team up to end two-party politics

Brian Baird and Chris Vance unveil a new organization called Washington Independents.

The beavers weren’t happy, either, about Mill Creek flooding

A tree fell on their dam, sending a rush of water into a neighborhood near Jackson High School.

Aerospace workers adjust to changing industry

The number of Boeing workers dropped almost 10 percent since last year

Lynnwood, Marysville, Sultan consider ban on safe injection sites

If approved, they would join Lake Stevens and Snohomish County, which have temporary bans.

Mill Creek councilman no longer lives in city, panel finds

The Canvassing Board determined Sean Kelly is not eligible to vote there.

A whole life ahead. Five-month-old Felix Shope lies in his stroller ready to go home from the Snohomish County Courthouse with his new mom and dad, Alicia and Josh Shope of Edmonds. A family down the hall tends to a child and are likely awaiting their own adoption proceedings. (Dan Bates / The Herald)
16 youngsters get the gift of home on National Adoption Day

A joyful day at county courthouse tempered with the great need for stable, loving homes.

Single fingerprint on robbery note leads to arrest

The holdup occurred at a U.S. Bank branch in Lynnwood in August.

City Council OKs initial funding for Smith Avenue parking lot

The site of the former Smith Street Mill is being developed in anticipation of light rail.

Stranger offered candy to student walking home from school

The Granite Falls School District is warning families about… Continue reading

Most Read