Wenatchee Area Fires Blacken over 56,500 acres

Wenatchee area fires

Strong gusty winds have pushed the Wenatchee area fires to over 56,500 acres of blackened sage and grass lands in Chelan, Douglas and Grant Counties. No Homes have been lost and no injuries reported as the command structure transitioned today into a higher priority Type 2 management team. Fire crews were expected to make more progress today building and strengthening hand lines and homeowners are breathing a little easier today with the Calmer weather conditions.

Evacuation Levels Change For Wenatchee Area Fires

The evacuation levels have been lowered to Level One on both the Spartan Fire in Chelan County and in the Palisades Road area of Douglas County’s Sutherland Canyon Fire. Palisades Road has also been reopened to all traffic.  Level 2 and 3 advisories remain in place for Grant County residents. 360 firefighters are currently deployed with multiple air attack resources. Fire managers at this morning briefing reported the command base and firefighter encampment will be moved today from Wenatchee High School to Quincy High School.

The Spartan fire is 60 percent contained, The Sutherland Fire is 20 percent contained. The fires were all confirmed as lightning-caused.

INCIWEB Status Report For Wenatchee Area Fires

Thursday June 29, 2017

Fire: Spartan Fire

Acres: 9,000

Cause: Lightning 
9 miles SE of Wenatchee, WA

Total Personnel: 50
Fuels/Topography: Grass, brushy fuels
Spartan Fire SummaryAll existing fire containment lines held overnight with no new growth. Today crews will continue to actively monitor hotspots and islands of unburned grass within the fire perimeter. 


Fire: Sutherland Canyon Fire

Acres: 47,500

Cause: Lightning
Location: 6 miles NW of Quincy, WA

Total Personnel: 275
Fuels/Topography: Grass, brushy fuels

Sutherland Canyon Fire SummaryFor the second day in a row, dry and gusty red flag conditions resulted in extreme fire growth in steep and rugged terrain. Both the Sutherland Canyon Fire and Straight Hollow Fire burned together with the east and southeast flanks of the fire being most active. Crews reported limited effectiveness of water and retardant drops due to the dense grass and brush conditions. Overnight, firefighters and dozers worked to construct and hold fire containment lines where they could safely engage the fire. Today fire managers will once again aggressively work to stop new fire spread toward the community of Quincy, WA as well as in critical sage grouse habitat.

Evacuations For Wenatchee Area Fires

GRANT COUNTY – Level 2 evacuations are in place for the residents of the northwest edges of Quincy and southwest of Monument Hill, as a result of the Sutherland Canyon Fire. For more information, log onto grantcountywa.gov under tweets.

DOUGLAS COUNTY -Level One for Palisades area residents.

CHELAN COUNTY – Level 1 evacuation levels remain in place for the Spartan Fire along Colockum Road, Kingsbury Road, Moses Carr Road, Ingersoll Road, and Tarpiscan Road. There have been no reported loss or damages to structures. For more information, log onto www.co.chelan.wa.us.

Closures: No Closures 

Smoke: Smoke from today’s fire activity will spread to the east toward Quincy reaching as far as Spokane and Moses Lake. This afternoon, light up canyon winds may push smoke into the Wenatchee Valley area. For more information on smoke and air quality please visit: wasmoke.blogspot.com

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Steve Hair
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.