Credit: Douglas County Sheriff's Office
Flames flare alongside the road through McNeil Canyon, east of Beebe Bridge, in rural Douglas County.
As of Sunday, August 16, 2015
MANSFIELD Two homes burned in the Columbia Bluff area of northwest Douglas County overnight as flames whipped by gusty winds prompted evacuation notices.
Information on the homes was not available, Douglas County Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal said this morning.
Meanwhile, all fire evacuation notices issued last night remain in effect.
"Citizens are again cautioned to be alert as Deputies may not be able to stay ahead of the fire," Gjesdal said. "Along with the firefighters, our team is working very hard to prevent or mitigate any damage, but our resources are limited."
Gjesdal said emergency shelters have been set up at Sterling Middle School in East Wenatchee and at the Entiat Valley Community Center in Entiat.
The shelters are serving victims of a fire that started in Chelan County and jumped the Columbia River yesterday, moving rapidly north and east toward Bridgeport and Mansfield.
Level 3 fire evacuation notices, meaning fire is imminent and residents should leave, were issued for Chelan Springs, McNeil Canyon, Central Ferry and Dezellem Hill Road.
Level 2 notices, meaning be prepared to evacuate, are in effect for the city of Bridgeport and the Bridgeport Bar areas.
Mansfield residents are under a Level 1 notice, meaning residents should know a fire is burning nearby.