Crews Race to Contain Mitchell Canyon Fire

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Mitchell Canyon Fire

Managers on the Mitchell Canyon Fire report the fire is nearly surrounded and crews continue to bolster the lines on the fire’s North flank in advance of tomorrow’s Red Flag Warning for extremely volatile weather conditions. The fire has scorched an estimated 659 acres of sage brush and grass. No structures have been damaged. Its reportedly 25% contained as of Thursday afternoon.

Mitcchell Canyon Fire
Aerial photo from DNR

Mitchell Canyon Fire INCIWEB report from Noon briefing

“The fire is fairly secured on three sides with the North flank being worked on by crews, engines, dozers, and air attack today. The fire is burning in grassy fuels and activity is anticipated to increase due to unseasonably hot temperatures and low humidity. Winds are expected to increase tomorrow.”

Avoid the Mitchell Canyon Fire Area

Crews will be working throughout the weekend, please avoid the area. Do not stop along highway 97 or 97A to take photos, several vehicle collisions have been reported already. Super Scoopers will be scooping water out of the Columbia River, boaters please stay out of their way. The use of drones is prohibited,¬†if you fly we can’t!

It is still early in the fire suppression effort. More personnel and equipment have been ordered and continue to report in.

The Incident Command Post (ICP) has moved from the Orondo Schools to Eastmont Junior High School in East Wenatchee this afternoon.

Level 2 Evacuation notices have been issued for a number of residences in Badger Mountain area, east to Ski Hill Rd., and north from Rd. 3 SW to Pine Canyon. For more information on evacuations and road closures please visit the Douglas County Facebook page. No structures have been lost.