Chelan brush fire fully engulfed chicken coop, fanned by winds

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It looks like an early wildfire season this year in the Lake Chelan area following a small brush fire in the North Shore area on Wednesday.

Chelan Fire and Rescue responded to the blaze that broke out behind a home in the Purtteman Gulch/Chelan Ranch Road area on Whitetail Way.

According to the fire district, arriving crews found a fully engulfed chicken coop threatening adjacent structures, and had spread into approximately two acres of grass and brush behind the residence.

LIVE: A brush fire is burning near White Tail Way, NW of Chelan

LIVE: A brush fire is burning near White Tail Way, NW of Chelan

Posted by NCWLIFE on Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Chelan Fire and Rescue called for a second alarm, notifying CWICC due to the rapid fire spread driven by 10mph winds. A third alarm was toned out when the fire threatened nearby structures and had moved toward Union Valley.

Six homes were placed under Level One Evacuation advisories but none were immediately threatened. The fire was small in size estimated at over seven acres.

The fire was mopped up with the assistance of crews from DNR and other local districts including Chelan County Fire Districts 5 and 8, along with Douglas County Fire District 4.

Chelan Fire and Rescue said in a release the 2019 fire season started early, and that they expect “a busier than normal fire season due to the low moisture snow pack and the drier than normal grass and shrubs.”