Hot, dry conditions and very steep terrain presented challenges for firefighters battling the Rocky Reach Fire yesterday but, they made great progress with now 70-percent containment on the fire 5 miles northeast of Wenatchee.
The fire has scorched 3386 acres in the area above Rocky Reach Dam in the Birch Mountain and Swakane Canyon areas. 241 firefighting personnel representing seven crews remain at the fire along with 21 fire engines, 3 dozers and 2 water tenders. A level one evacuation notice for the Swakane Canyon area remains in place while a reduced speed of 35 mph on Highway 97-A expired at noon today.
The priority today will be to complete as much of the remaining work as possible, primarily consisting of mop up. As that is accomplished, many of the fire’s resources will be released or reassigned to other fires within Washington and Oregon.