Wildfire damages power lines in Chelan County

MALAGA — A Chelan County fire chief says a fast-moving brush fire in central Washington has damaged power lines and prompted the Chelan County sheriff’s office to warn residents of about 40 homes that they might need to leave.

County Fire District No. 1 Chief Mike Burnett said late Wednesday night that multiple power poles were down and crews were working to restore power.

The Wenatchee World reports that Chelan County Public Utility District spokeswoman Kim Craig said the damaged power lines have temporarily knocked out power to an Alcoa smelter and to more than 400 PUD customers.

The fire south of Malaga was first reported late Wednesday afternoon. Fire spokeswoman Kay McKellar says the fire has burned an area about four miles long and a half mile wide. The cause is under investigation.

There are no reports of injuries.

Talk to us

More in Local News

Suspected impaired driver crashed with Edmonds police officer

Both the driver and officer were injured Friday night and taken to Harborview Medical Center.

Everett killer sentenced to 43 years for fatal home invasion

Edmond Overton, 26, broke into a home and shot two men in October 2017. One of them died at the scene.

Why does a left-turn signal go green when no cars are there?

A commuter noticed the anomaly at an intersection on Everett Mall Way.

Please stop killing bumble bees: They’re not ‘murder hornets’

Beekeepers say residents are mistaking bees and wasps for Asian giant hornets.

Seniors from Marysville schools mark accomplishment with parade

In an attempt to make up for losing the usual graduation, parents planned a city-wide parade Friday.

Burglary suspect identified after fatal Everett break-in

A homeowner shot the man Thursday morning. The slain man had served much of his adulthood in prison.

Edmonds mayor removes finance director with no cause given

Scott James joined the city in 2014. He’s the third department director to leave in the past year.

Neighbors oppose Everett’s possible sale of 92.5 wooded acres

The city has owned the land around Wood Creek, which was once its water supply, for decades.

Watch Gov. Jay Inslee’s Monday news conference here

He is to talk about statewide demonstrations over the weekend.

Most Read