Credit: Douglas County Sheriff's Office
A Douglas County Sheriff's Office deputy monitors fire activity in the McNeil Canyon area late Saturday night.
As of Sunday, August 16, 2015
BRIDGEPORT Despite a reduced fire danger, Douglas County Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal is keeping fire evacuation notice levels unchanged in the Bridgeport and Bridgeport Bar areas.
"The concern is not so much from the fire in Douglas County, but rather a concern that the Chelan fire could jump the river again further north," Gjesdal said in his 2:45 p.m. briefing today. "Fortunately, there are many more ground and air assets available to attack any such event.
The communities are under Level 2 evacuations, meaning residents should be prepared to leave should the fire advance.
The fires are part of what's now being called the Reach Complex Fires.
Meanwhile, all evacuation notices have been listed for Mansfield. But McNeil Canyon remains at Level 3, since there is still imminent fire danger.
Gjesdal said power remains out to 261 homes in the McNeil Canyon area and that McNeil Canyon Road is closed until further notice.
Yesterday, two homes burned in the Columbia Bluff area by flames whipped by gusty winds.
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 on Friday, moving rapidly north and east toward Bridgeport and Mansfield.