Evening News September 04, 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, No structures were lost but it was a close call Saturday in the East Wenatchee area when a brush fire broke out. The Cougar Creek Fire saw no increase in size on Monday and remains at 64-percent containment, and, The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office reports that blasting caps found on private property near Plain were detonated Friday by an Explosive Ordinance Disposal team from Yakima. But first, we begin tonight. . .

Two homes in a Wenatchee neighborhood were damaged Sunday in a blaze that officials suspect was caused by children playing with fire. Crews from Chelan and Douglas County responded around 3 in the afternoon to the fire located in the 1100 block of Highland Drive.

The Wenatchee World reports that the fire spread from the yard onto the first dwelling and then spread to a neighbors home. All of the occupants including an elderly couple were able to escape unhurt. The first home sustained damage to both the interior and exterior with the damage to the second structure limited to the outside. One firefighter was reportedly treated for over exertion.

No structures were lost but it was a close call Saturday in the East Wenatchee area when a brush fire broke out. The Crystal Fire started after midnight in the area of Nile and 10th Street Northeast just North of Pangborn Airport. The fire quickly spread fueled by erratic winds and extremely dry conditions. Level Two evacuations were issued for about 40 homes. Additional  resources were called after Douglas County Fire District 2 Chief Dave Baker requested State Mobilization.

The fire came perilously close to these homes in the 10th street area but none were damaged. Crews from multiple agencies responded and they worked through the weekend putting out hotspots before declaring the fire fully contained Monday afternoon. The fire scorched over 26-hundred acres of grass, brush and sage.

The fire saw no increase in size on Monday. Firefighters are constructing containment lines and working to address active fire areas along the unsecured north flank of the fire, particularly near Mad River and Signal Peak. Helicopters are dropping water to support on-the-ground efforts. Line has been completed along the western perimeter except for a small area near Sugarloaf Peak, raising the containment to 64 percent.

Mop up operations, infrared imaging to find hot spots, and patrolling are continuing along completed line on the western perimeter. The southern and eastern areas of the fire are secure, and firefighters are conducting mop up, backhaul, and repair work. The lightning-sparked forest fire measures over 42-thousand acres.

The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office reports that blasting caps found on private property near Plain were detonated Friday by an Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) team from Yakima.  A citizen cleaning up an estate on Pine Tree Road in the Chiwawa River Pines Community had located 19 blasting caps in a shed on the property. The blasting caps were taken to a large sand pile at the county shop area on Chumstick Road near Leavenworth where a controlled detonation of the devices was performed at about 7:00pm. There was a loud explosive sound associated with controlled disposal of the blasting caps.  There was never a danger to the community. The Sheriff reports the blasting caps had apparently been stored in the shed for many years by a previous residence of the property on Pine Tree Road.

Coming up next, A truck driver was trapped inside the cab of his semi after it plunged down a steep embankment along McNeil Canyon Road North of Orondo this morning. A fatal accident caused a major traffic backup on an already holiday-congested Interstate 90 Monday afternoon, and, three people were injured in a crash that shut down Highway 243 in Grant County last night. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

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A truck driver was trapped inside the cab of his semi after it plunged down a steep embankment along McNeil Canyon Road North of Orondo this morning. Officials say it happened shortly after 6:30am this morning.

Emergency responders from Douglas and Chelan County responded along with a Life-Flight helicopter. A heavy wrecker was also dispatched to assist in the extrication process. The semi was reportedly situated off the road, on its top, down a 100 foot embankment.

The truck reportedly went through the guardrail and was initially on fire. Traffic may be impacted for much of the day due to the investigation and wreckage removal process. Motorists are advised to avoid this area and find alternate routes if needing to use McNeil Canyon road.

A fatal accident caused a major traffic backup on an already holiday-congested Interstate 90 Monday afternoon.

The one vehicle crash left 2 dead and 6 injured, all from the same family. The State Patrol report says it happened when a 40-foot motorhome, driven by a 62-year old Snohomish man suffered a blown tire, lost control of the RV, left the roadway and crashed down an embankment into a creek off the highway about a mile South of Ellensburg. Killed in the accident was a 61-year old woman and her 6-year old granddaughter. The 5 other siblings injured in the crash ranged in age from 3-years old to 15 years old and were airlifted to area hospitals including Harborview Medical Center and Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle as well as Kittitas Valley Healthcare in Ellensburg and Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee. The children’s 41-year old mother was also seriously injured in the crash and taken to Harborview Medical Center.

Three people were injured in a crash that shut down Highway 243 in Grant County last night.

State Troopers say it happened shortly after 8 pm at MP1 just North of the Vernita Bridge when the driver of the semi towing a flatbed trailer lost control and crashed into a second vehicle injuring all three occupants. The injured were transferred to Kadlec Hospital in the Tri-Cities. The roadway was shut down until just after 4 am this morning.

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.

 

For six weeks this summer a group of firefighters from Australia and New Zealand made the trip to the Pacific Northwest to assist on area wildfires in Washington, Oregon and California. Northwest Incident Management Team 10 put together this feature to learn more about the firefighters from ‘down under’ and their thoughts on our region. . .

For the entire feature on those firefighters visit the Cougar Creek Fire Facebook page.

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…

Two homes in a Wenatchee neighborhood were damaged Sunday in a blaze that officials suspect was caused by children playing with fire. Crews from Chelan and Douglas County responded around 3 in the afternoon to the fire located in the 1100 block of Highland Drive.

The Wenatchee World reports that the fire spread from the yard onto the first dwelling and then spread to a neighbors home. All of the occupants including an elderly couple were able to escape unhurt. The first home sustained damage to both the interior and exterior with the damage to the second structure limited to the outside. One firefighter was reportedly treated for over exertion.

No structures were lost but it was a close call Saturday in the East Wenatchee area when a brush fire broke out. The Crystal Fire started after midnight in the area of Nile and 10th Street Northeast just North of Pangborn Airport. The fire quickly spread fueled by erratic winds and extremely dry conditions. Level Two evacuations were issued for about 40 homes. Additional  resources were called after Douglas County Fire District 2 Chief Dave Baker requested State Mobilization.

The fire came perilously close to these homes in the 10th street area but none were damaged. Crews from mulitple agencies responded and they worked through the weekend putting out hotspots before declaring the fire fully contained Monday afternoon. The fire scorched over 26-hundred acres of grass, brush and sage.

The fire saw no increase in size on Monday. Firefighters are constructing containment lines and working to address active fire areas along the unsecured north flank of the fire, particularly near Mad River and Signal Peak. Helicopters are dropping water to support on-the-ground efforts. Line has been completed along the western perimeter except for a small area near Sugarloaf Peak, raising the containment to 64 percent.

Mop up operations, infrared imaging to find hot spots, and patrolling are continuing along completed line on the western perimeter. The southern and eastern areas of the fire are secure, and firefighters are conducting mop up, backhaul, and repair work. The lightning-sparked forest fire measures over 42-thousand acres.

The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office reports that blasting caps found on private property near Plain were detonated Friday by an Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) team from Yakima.  A citizen cleaning up an estate on Pine Tree Road in the Chiwawa River Pines Community had located 19 blasting caps in a shed on the property. The blasting caps were taken to a large sand pile at the county shop area on Chumstick Road near Leavenworth where a controlled detonation of the devices was performed at about 7:00pm. There was a loud explosive sound associated with controlled disposal of the blasting caps.  There was never a danger to the community. The Sheriff reports the blasting caps had apparently been stored in the shed for many years by a previous residence of the property on Pine Tree Road.

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.