Brush Fire Triggers Level 3 Evacuations near Bridgeport

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Updated Information on Hayes Road Fire from Douglas County Sheriff, Harvey Gjesdal:

The fire has split with one leg moving south towards Hwy. 172 and is currently at about Rd. 18 NE. The other leg is moving east. My information is that the fire burning on the north side of Hwy. 17 has been largely contained with firefighters keeping a close eye to make sure is does not jump the road. There have been no more level III evacuations. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office has moved its mobile command post north to help facilitate a unified incident command. The command post allows for better communications in remote areas. Douglas County has also dispatched a grader to help cut fire lines.

A wind-driven brush fire threatens homes in the Bridgeport area.

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Brush fire burns in Douglas County. WSP Trooper Brian Moore provided photo

WSP Trooper Brian Moore provided this image of the brush fire burning southeast of Bridgeport this afternoon. The fire was reported around 1:00 PM at milepost 125 on SR-17 between Bridgeport and Leahy Junction. It immediately went to two alarms, and eventually three alarms because it was moving rapidly with winds gusting to 30mph.

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Brush Fire Public Advisories:

SR-17 is closed between Bridgeport and Leahy Junction.

Level 3 Evacuation Notices (get out now) have gone out to any residents along Road K NE and a three-mile radius south of SR-17.
Douglas County Fire Districts 1, 3, 4, and 5 are on scene as well as Chelan County Fire District 7.

A Red Cross Shelter is being setup at Bridgeport High School for those evacuated from their homes.

There is no estimate on acreage at this time.