Evening News August 02, 2018

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Good evening and welcome to the NCWLIFE Evening News. I’m Grant Olson. Before we get to today’s top news stories, let’s take a quick look outside our weather window:

 

And now, a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight, When Jeffrey Stockman joined the Douglas County Fire District as a volunteer two years ago he never imagined he’d be responding to a fire in his own backyard, we will have his story. The Gilbert Fire Complex burning in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest near the headwaters of the Twisp River grew in size from 250 acres to 4500 acres over the past 24-hours, and, Wenatchee area military veterans will want to take advantage of Saturday’s Stand-Down event at the National Guard Armory.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A lightning-caused fire continues to eat up acreage in the Upper Entiat Valley. The Cougar Creek Fire has now swollen to over 15-hundred acres of forestland about 12 miles NW of Ardenvoir and is 0-percent contained.

Its burning in mostly timber including a significant number of beatle-infested trees. Fire behavior has become more active due to the continuing hot, dry and windy weather. 321 firefighters are deployed on the fire. Level 2 evacuation advisories have been issued for the area of Mad River Road up to the end of Entiat River Road on both sides of the roadway. Fire managers say there’s the potential for significant fire spread up to two miles today.

A Type 1 Incident Management Team is expected to take over control of the fire by Saturday. The Cougar Creek Fire area is a heavily used recreation area and is highly visible from tourist destinations, multiple cities and travel ways in North Central Washington. IMT is also managing the Chelan Hills Fire.

When Jeffrey Stockman joined the Douglas County Fire District as a volunteer two years ago he never imagined he’d be responding to a fire in his own backyard. On a windy Friday afternoon, Stockman suited up to protect his neighbor’s properties before realizing his own was in immediate danger…

The Chelan Hills Fire grew to more than 1800 acres in Douglas County, damaging two homes and several outbuildings. The fire is currently 97 percent contained and in the mop-up phase as crews continue to monitor for hotspots within the perimeter of the fire. The cause is still under investigation.

The Gilbert Fire Complex burning in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest near the headwaters of the Twisp River grew in size from 250 acres to 4500 acres over the past 24-hours due to hot temperatures and gusty winds. The complex includes the Crescent Fire and the Gilbert Fire.

There is currently a Level 2 evacuation notice for residents above the road closure at the intersection of Buttermilk Road and Twisp River Road. Level 2 means prepare now to go immediately in the event that the evacuation level is elevated to a Level 3. With predicted windy weather today, tonight and on Friday, the fire is expected to continue to move eastward and could result in an elevation to a Level 3 for upper Twisp River residents.

A Type 1 team has been ordered and is expected to arrive on Friday morning. The Winthrop Rodeo Grounds is currently being used as a primary emergency shelter area. A public meeting regarding the Gilbert Fire will be held at the Twisp Grange Hall tonight at 6:30 to discuss the fire and potential evacuations.

Wenatchee area military veterans will want to take advantage of Saturday’s Stand-Down event at the National Guard Armory. Ron Bruno with the group, Vets Serving Vets of North Central Washington, says the event will offer a wide variety of services and resources for those that need help. . .

Again, the free event Saturday is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the National Guard Armory on Fifth Street in Wenatchee.

Coming up next, New evidence has surfaced in the investigation of a murder at a Rock Island residence last week. It’s almost back to school time, we will tell you how Columbia Valley Community Health is helping out. An accident just after rush hour this morning near Maiden Lane and Wenatchee Avenue in Wenatchee blocked southbound traffic for about an hour, and, we will give you our weekly update on all there is to do around the Wenatchee Valley this weekend.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

New evidence has surfaced in the investigation of a murder at a Rock Island residence last week. NCWLife’s Steve Hair reports on the latest developments. . .

CVCH and Crunchpack will be hosting their 5th annual back to school health fair this Saturday. Katherine Grove and Melissa Grimm were guests recently on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley to tell us more. . .

An accident just after rush hour this morning near Maiden Lane and Wenatchee Avenue in Wenatchee blocked southbound traffic for about an hour. As you can see, the front end of the car involved was heavily damaged but fortunately no injuries were reported.

Time now for NCWLIFE’s Megan McPherson to fill us in on some of the events going on this weekend. . .

You’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News. Coming up next, your sports update with Eric Granstrom and our feature story tonight. That and much more still to come on the NCWLIFE Evening News, stay with us.

The Wenatchee AppleSox are red-hot at just the right time.  The only question is whether there’s enough season left for the team to make a playoff push.  Wenatchee won for the 8th time in its last 10-games with last night’s 12-3 win over the Port Angeles Lefties…

Wenatchee’s Connor McCord led the offensive onslaught, just missing hitting the cycle by a double.  The AppleSox had 18-hits in the ballgame, including McCord’s 2-run home run in the bottom of the 2nd

Joel Norman on the call on the AppleSox Radio Network and the video courtesy the AppleSox Facebook LIVE stream.  The AppleSox are now 3-and-a-half games behind Yakima Valley in the second-half standings with 7-games left to play.

Wenatchee has a chance for its first series sweep of the season tonight when they host the Lefties again at Paul Thomas, Sr. Field.  Tonight is Hawaiian Night with a trip for two to Hawaii being given away to one lucky fan in attendance.  The first pitch is at 7:05.

Also in the West Coast League last night as we open up the Les Schwab Scoreboard…

Chad Stevens and Austin Feist each had 3-hits and drove in three runs between them to lead Corvallis to a 6-4 win over Bend.

Ben Farris tied it in the bottom of the 9th with a solo home run and then Nick Nyquists RBI-sacrifice fly won it for Walla Walla in a come-from-behind win over Kelowna 7-to-6.

Could it be possible?!  The Bellingham Bells have six walk-off wins on the season and now two, back-to-back.  Connor Mack delivered the latest walk-off, an RBI double in the bottom of the 9th as Bellingham came back to beat Cowlitz 3-2 at Joe Martin Field.

Trailing 4-2 in the top of the 9th, Victoria scored 6 runs to come from behind and beat Yakima Valley 8-4.  Dustin Miller led the attack for the HarbourCats, going 3-for-5 with a run and 4-RBI’s.

Gabe Skoro was 3-for-3 with a home run, 3-runs scored and 2-RBI’s to lead Portland to a 9-0 non-league win at Gresham.  Colin Suter and three relievers combined on a 2-hit shutout with 13-strikeouts.

Tonight is series wrap-up night around the West Coast League…

Corvallis goes for the sweep of Bend at 6 o’clock.  Kelowna and Walla Walla play the rubber match of their 3-game set at Borleske Stadium at 6:35.  It’s also a 6:35 start time at Joe Martin Field as the Bells look for a sweep of Cowlitz in Bellingham.  The AppleSox would love some more help from Victoria tonight at County Stadium as the HarbourCats wrap up their series with Yakima Valley at 7:05.  We mentioned Wenatchee and Port Angeles at 7:05.  Also in a non-league game, Portland wraps its series with Gresham at 6:35.

Marwin Gonzalez went deep twice as the Astros slam four home runs, downing the Mariners 8-3 yesterday at Safeco Field…

Gonzalez hit both his home runs off Seattle starter Wade LeBlanc, who had his worst outing as a Mariner.  LeBlanc lasted 4-and-a-third, allowing 7-runs on 10-hits with 4-strikeouts and three home runs.

Seattle welcomes Toronto into town tonight for the first of four games.  The Mariners will throw the struggling Felix Hernandez.  The Blue Jays haven’t announced their starter yet for the 7:10 game tonight.

With Seattle’s loss, all eyes turn to Oakland to see if the A’s caught the Mariners for the final Wild Card playoff spot…

And the answer is yes, they did.  Johnathan Lucroy went 3-for-4 with 2-runs and 4-RBI’s to lead Oakland to an 8-3 win over Toronto.  The win moved the Athletics to 64-and-46, while the Mariners are now 63-45…statistically tied and 5-games behind Houston in the American League West.

Willy Adames went 2-for-4 with a home run as Tampa Bay topped the Angels 7-to-2.

The Seahawks are hoping to assemble the parts for a speed defense this season behind new defensive coordinator Ken Norton, Junior.  He was asked yesterday about the play so far of rookie linebacker Shaquem Griffin…

Seattle hosts Indianapolis in the first pre-season game in just 7 days at CenturyLink Field.

Thanks Eric.

Time now for our weekly Kennel Kameos feature from the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society. Today, NCWLife’s Megan McPherson introduces us to Ruby the dog. . .

We’ll be back with a recap of some of our top stories and your complete local weather forecast right after this.

Welcome back to the NCWLife Evening News…

A lightning-caused fire continues to eat up acreage in the Upper Entiat Valley. The Cougar Creek Fire has now swollen to over 15-hundred acres of forest land about 12 miles NW of Ardenvoir and is 0-percent contained.

Its burning in mostly timber including a significant number of beatle-infested trees. Fire behavior has become more active due to the continuing hot, dry and windy weather. 321 firefighters are deployed on the fire. Level 2 evacuation advisories have been issued for the area of Mad River Road up to the end of Entiat River Road on both sides of the roadway. Fire managers say there’s the potential for significant fire spread up to two miles today.

A Type 1 Incident Management Team is expected to take over control of the fire by Saturday. The Cougar Creek Fire area is a heavily used recreation area and is highly visible from tourist destinations, multiple cities and travel ways in North Central Washington. IMT is also managing the Chelan Hills Fire.

We leave you tonight with video that comes to us from Tehachapi, (tuh-HATCH-uh-PEE) California and the Oak Tree Golf Club. Scott Smith found some bull elk that frequent the golf course trying to cool off in the 90-degree temperatures. . .

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And that’s going to do it for our newscast tonight. For more on these stories and other news from around North Central Washington, you can find us on Facebook or our website at ncwlife.com. And, remember, if you see news happening we’d like to hear from you.  You can send us an email at news@ncwlife.com, or give us a call 888-NCWL (6295). Also, keep it right here on the NCWLIFE Channel tomorrow morning for Wake Up Wenatchee Valley with host Dan Kuntz and news with Steve Hair. Thanks for joining us and have a great night.