Wednesday 6:05 PM
A Level 2 Evacuation order (prepare to leave) has been issued for parts of Badger Mountain Road in Douglas County due to a brush fire that started earlier this afternoon along Highway 97. The Evacuation area is from Ski Hill Drive East on Badger Mountain Road. The fire continues to burn out of control in a mix of sage and dry grass. The two-alarm fire started around 2:30 PM along the highway near the Estes Fruit Orchard. Firefighters from Chelan, Douglas Counties along with the US Forest Service, DNR and BLM are working to contain the blaze with the help of helicopters dipping from the Columbia River, Sheriff Gjesdal says a sheriff marine patrol boat is working to keep the river clear of boaters in that area.
Wednesday 4:30 PM
A brush fire burning about 2 miles South of Orondo has moved upslope from where it started along Highway 97 earlier this afternoon. The blaze has burned about 50 acres of mostly sage and grass and was heading eastbound up a steep,rocky hillside. Douglas County Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal has issued a traffic alert advising motorists to avoid the area A Type 3 Incident Management team under the direction of the Washington State Department of Natural Resources is being brought in to assume command.
Wednesday 2:25 PM
Traffic is slowed in the Orondo area as Firefighters attack a brush fire along Highway 97. The fire was moving upslope from where it apparently started along the highway. The area is mostly sage and grass with steep rocky slope to the East. Crews from Chelan and Douglas County are responding with additional crews also being toned out.
Travel Advisory Issued for Orondo Fire
The Washington State Department of Transportation has issued a travel advisory for motorists to avoid the area. Travelers are advised to use Highway 97-A as an alternate route between Wenatchee and Chelan.