WENATCHEE, Wash. -- Firefighters were in the final phases of mopping up the burnout of the west perimeter of the Colockum Tarps Fire Friday when the predicted Red Flag Warning materialized that evening, hitting southwest Washington and the Cascades with lightning and increased wind.
The Colockum Tarps wildfire has burned more than 125 square miles south of Wenatchee. The wildfire was 95 percent contained as firefighters continued battling the fire on Saturday.
One lightning strike started a fire just north of the existing fire – west of the Columbia River and East of Kingsbury Road – that has now grown to approximately 1,400 acres (about two square miles).
All Level 3 Evacuation areas near the Colockum Tarps Fire have been reduced to Level 2. Evacuation orders for the new fire north of the fire have not yet been determined. The map of Kittitas County current evacuation areas is available
The Colockum Tarps Fire has been burning since Saturday, July 27, through dry grass, sagebrush and timber growing in steep drainages along the western shore of the Columbia River, 11 miles southwest of Wenatchee. It was human caused and grew rapidly.
The Colockum Tarps wildfire has cost around $9.1 million.