Pot Peak fire half contained

CHELAN – Firefighters were mopping up parts of the 8,300-acre Pot Peak fire west of Lake Chelan on Saturday, as the main body of the fire was burning slowly downhill.

“We’re at 45 percent containment. We’ve gone down to 836 personnel and 12 helicopters,” said Winston Rall, a U.S. Forest Service fire information officer. “Containment looks good.”

The fire, burning 15 miles west of the lake in the Twenty-Five Mile Creek drainage, was not directly threatening any homes.

About 3 miles east of the lake in Douglas County, crews were patrolling for hot spots on the Beebe Bridge fire, which charred 4,200 acres before being fully contained on Thursday.

More than 300 firefighters from around the state who battled Beebe Bridge went home Friday, leaving crews from Orondo and Mansfield to watch hot spots until no smoke is seen for 24 hours, Scott Logan, Orondo fire chief, said.

The 150-acre Freezeout fire near the U.S.-Canadian border in the Pasayten Wilderness remained about 17 percent contained.

“They’re getting just enough humidity to keep it from doing anything,” said Marc Hollen, a spokesman with the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center in Portland, Ore., which monitors the region’s wildfires.

The Freezeout fire poses a potential threat to resorts and timber in the Ross Lake National Recreation Area and north of the border.

Lightning caused the Pot Peak and Freezeout fires, as well as the Hopkins Canyon fire in northeast Washington, which was fully contained last Sunday and controlled two days later. The Beebe Bridge blaze started July 3, when an owl struck a power line.

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