Badger Mountain garage fire poses access issues for crews

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WATERVILLE-A garage fire lit up the sky on Badger Mountain Saturday night. Officials say crews responding to the blaze were challenged by its remote location and the long winding dirt road that led to it.

It was first reported just before 9 pm Saturday. Fire Spokesman, Jim Oatey says in a news release that the owner reported he had been working in the newly built garage, went home and returned to find it fully involved in fire.

Oatey says the cause of the fire is under investigation with initial suspicion pointing toward a wood stove that was being used to heat the building at the time of the fire.

Oatey described the location as very remote with access on top of Badger Mountain, then down several miles of gravel county road and then several miles unimproved private roadway requiring 4-wheel drive access.

Crews responded from Orondo Fire, Waterville Fire, East Wenatchee Fire, Waterville EMS, Ballard Ambulance and the Douglas County Sheriff Department with 18 emergency responders on-scene.

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Steve Hair
Steve Hair is a 40-year veteran broadcast journalist who comes to NCW LIFE TV after a long career in radio. Steve and his wife Lynette and their three sons moved to the Wenatchee Valley from Central California in 1992. Steve served as News Director for KPQ News where he covered a multitude of stories of importance to North Central Washington, including two of Washington State’s largest wildfires. During his radio career Steve has received many awards from organizations such as the Associated Press, (Sacramento and Seattle Bureaus) The Washington State Farm Bureau, and the California Medical Association. Steve is a sports addict. Time off usually finds him sprawled out on the couch watching the Seahawks, Mariners or anything that prevents him from doing house chores.