As of Wednesday, August 5, 2015
HOLDEN VILLAGE Approximately 250 personnel continue to battle the Wolverine Creek Fire burning on the southwest shore of Lake Chelan.
The blaze, which is now at 25,640 acres, continues to burn out-of-control with 0 percent containment, officials said.
Yesterday’s smoke inversion lifted, allowing aerial crews to slow the fire spread with water bucket drops. Much of that work occurred in the Bridal Veil Creek drainage and south of Pyramid Creel.
“Fire crews scouted locations and are preparing strategies to attack the fire in these areas as more fire crews become available,” officials said Wednesday morning.
Firefighters established structure protection lines in the Holden Village area.
“Rocks and fire debris continue to fall on Forest Road No. 8301 from Lucerne to Holden,” officials said. “Keeping the road open remains a challenge for firefighters.”
Meanwhile mop-up and patrol continues near Lucerne.
Structure and campground protection continues along Lake Chelan in the vicinity of the blaze.
“Crews and bulldozers are re-establishing fire lines along Shady Pass Road (Forest Road No. 5900) and down a ridgeline to Lake Chelan,” officials said. “These are contingency lines in the event the fire burns south toward 25 Mile Camp.”
As if the Wolverine Creek Fire is not enough to keep firefighters busy, two other fire — Blankenship and Goode — continue to rage north and west.
“Monitoring of the Blankenship Fire showed little fire activity yesterday,” officials said Wednesday. “The fire has not crossed the south fork of Agnes Creek.”
That fire is estimated to be 170 acres.
The Goode Fire, burning within North Cascades National Park about 18 miles northwest of the Wolverine Fire is at 687 acres.
“Smoke jumpers are working to pinch the fire off on its southern flank,” officials said. “Fire lines on the north, east and west sides have been tied into rocky ridgetops and a glacier.
While fire crews remain optimistic on gaining the upper hand on all these fires burning in Chelan County, the National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning calling for gusty winds and low relative humidity.
The warning is in effect until 9 tonight.
Level 3 (highest) evacuations remain in effect for Holden Village, Lucerne, Domke Lake, Riddle and Light Creek.
Domke Lake, Lucerne and Refridgerator Harbor campgrounds are closed until further notice.
The fire began June 29 as a result of a lightning strike.
Yesterday in northern Okanogan County, fire crews had a more-than-busy day, too.
A new fire started at about 11 a.m. near Siwash Creek, east of Tonasket.
The blaze was contained to about 14 acres, officials said. Crews remained on scene today.
Crews are also still assigned to the Newby Lake Fire, burning northwest of Loomis.