Fire prompts detour along Pacific Crest Trail

— Flames from the Blankenship Fire are expected to reach the Pacific Crest Trail this weekend.

The July 14 fire has grown to about 100 acres and is burning on Mount Blankenship in the Glacier Peak Wilderness. The fire is on public lands managed by the U.S. Forest Service.

"The lower edge of the fire has reached Agnes Creek and is likely to cross the creek and reach the Pacific Crest Trail within the next few days," Chelan-Entiat Ranger District spokeswoman Carly Reed said this morning.

As a result of the fire, and the Wolverine Fire burning on the south shore of Lake Chelan, Forest Service officials have designated an alternate hiking route through the North Cascade Mountains.

"Hikers should be prepared with an extra days food for the detour," Reed said.

The detour takes hikers through the Holden Village area.


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