Chelan Hills Fire cause is undetermined

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This month marks the one year anniversary of the Chelan Hills Fire that blackened over 18-hundred acres and burned nine structures in Douglas County.

The cause of the fire remains a mystery according to the findings of a year-long investigation by the State Department of Natural Resources. Investigators say the fire started on July 27th from an undetermined cause near the intersection of State Route 97 and Chelan Hills Acres Road.

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Chelan Hills Fire footprint

The fire triggered the closure of Hwy 97 and resulted in level three evacuations for scores of homeowners.

The final investigation ruled out lightning, debris burning or other possible sources of ignition. Lead investigator, Terry Liebrecht with DNR says in his final report that, pending any new leads or evidence, the case will remain open but inactive

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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.