Winds at Twenty-Five Mile Fire lead to big plumes of smoke

A photo by Pacific Northwest Team 3 this morning shows smoke from fire burning through pockets of heavy fuel along the southern flank of the Twenty-Five Mile Fire.

The Twenty-Five Mile Fire burning off south Lake Chelan was pushed by winds into pockets of unburned fuels Tuesday night and this morning, causing smoky conditions at and near the fire.

The Pacific Northwest Team 3 crew on the fire reported this morning it has now burned more than 19,000 acres since first being reported Aug. 15.

The fire remains at 40 percent contained.

The fire activity is primarily at the western and southern edges of the perimeter.

The containment lines around areas with structures remain in good condition, Incident Commander Randy Johnson said at a briefing this morning.

ā€œIā€™m feeling very comfortable with where we are with that part of the fire,ā€ he said.

In the next couple days, firefighters will be removing some of the estimated nine miles of hose that has been laid in populated areas over the past few weeks, Johnson said.

Johnson and his team have been working with local agencies on containment lines and burning operations.

That could mean more smoke, Johnson said.

Air quality in Chelan was measured at unhealthy Tuesday at 11 a.m. and noon. And was ta unhealthy for sensitive groups from 2 a.m. to 10 a.m. today. Currently, it is listed at moderate.

The cause of the fire, which started near the Twenty-Five Mile Campground, remains undetermined.