Douglas County officials battling several new fires



— The state has mobilized fire crews for several new blazes in Douglas County.

The fires were started by lightning Friday evening, Douglas County Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal said Saturday morning.

The Jameson Lake Fire is burning in dry pasture and wheat fields about eight miles east-southeast of Waterville, he said. The Pine Canyon Fire is burning 14 miles southeast of Mansfield.

Those two fires are being calling the Douglas County Complex Fire.

The Jameson Lake fire was reported at 6:15 p.m. Friday and grew to 7,000 acres by Saturday morning and is threatening homes and wheat fields, the sheriff said. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

A Level 1 fire evacuation notice has been issued.

Three hand crews, seven fire task forces, two helicopters and a bulldozer have been assigned to the fire, officials said, noting this is the second fire in the Jameson Lake area in less than a week.

As of this morning, another fire was burning in the Palisades area near East Wenatchee. That fire has scorched 9,000 acres of sage and brush. Eight Level 1 evacuation notices were issued for the lightning-caused fire.

Gjesdal said another lightning-caused fire last night in McNeil Canyon, across the Columbia River from Chelan, was put out by rain that accompanied the lightning storm.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office mobile command center was deployed to support firefighters.

Meanwhile, the Grant County Sheriff’s Office has issued Level 1 evacuation notices for the area of state Highway 243 and Beverly Burke Road for a wildfire.

No other information is available.



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