Wolverine Fire grows 25 percent

Firefighters unload supplies dropped by helicopter into the Holden Village area.

Credit: Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
Firefighters unload supplies dropped by helicopter into the Holden Village area.

— The Wolverine Creek Fire grew more than 25 percent in the last day, sending smoke skyward and into the Okanogan and Methow valleys.

As if 9 a.m. today, officials estimated the fire to be 36,030 acres, an increase of more than 7,500 acres since the last report.

The fire is about 20 percent contained, officials said.


Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest

Sprinklers are turned on around Holden Village in coordination with fire suppression efforts.

Meanwhile, the nearby Goode and Blankenship fires continued to grow slightly to 613 and 170 acres, respectively.

Firefighters are expecting to see increased fire activity over the next two days as temperatures soar in to the 100s.

The Wolverine Fire is expected to grow in the Railroad Creek drainage, but remain "insignificant" on the northern and southern flanks.

Fire crews are focusing on mop-up efforts in the Castle Creek drainage and building fire lines along Stehekin River Trail near the airstrip. The goal is to keep the fire from advancing on Stehekin, officials said.

Structure protection efforts are also under way in the Holden Village area on the southwest side of Lake Chelan.

There, crews conducted a burnout earlier this week to reduce dead and downed timber to keep the fire from moving toward the historic village or the nearby community of Lucerne.

The Blankenship Fire is burning in steep, rugged terrain and expected to continue burning on the west side of Agnes Creek.

Meanwhile, the National Park Service has taken command of the Goode Fire, with crews monitoring its southern flank today.

Approximately 540 personnel are assigned to the three blazes. There are also 19 engines, 10 water tenders, six helicopters and two bulldozers.

So far, only one home has been destroyed by the Wolverine Fire, started by lightning June 29.


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