CHELAN – Fire officials on Monday relaxed an evacuation order for about 100 residents near Lake Chelan, where wildfires have been burning for weeks.
The Deep Harbor fire, one of three fires in the complex, had burned about 22,200 acres by Monday. Firefighters spent the weekend digging new fire lines and burning out areas between the lines and the fire, said Pam Sichting, fire information officer.
Monday morning, fire officials relaxed the evacuation order to allow residents to return home if they must leave for some reason, she said. Previously, residents who refused to evacuate could not leave their homes and then return.
About 900 firefighters were assigned to the fire complex in central Washington. The Pot Peak fire held steady at 15,500 acres and was 85 percent contained. The Sisi Ridge fire was 360 acres, 90 percent contained.
All three fires in the complex were started by lightning – the Pot Peak fire on June 26 and the Deep Harbor and Sisi Ridge fires on July 19. The Deep Harbor fire burned a dock and picnic shelter at a campground.