Crews continue to battle fires near Wenatchee

WENATCHEE, Wash. – Crews will continue Wednesday to battle what are now three separate fires burning to the southeast of Wenatchee.

The fires are now burning in Chelan, Grant and Douglas Counties.

The Sutherland Canyon Fire started Monday just 8 miles southeast of Wenatchee. As of Wednesday morning, winds stirred up the fire and spread the flames into Grant County. The fire is now 10,000 acres and is 10 percent contained. Officials said the fire is made up of five smaller fires and it is unclear what sparked it.

Level 3 evacuations are now in place for the Sutherland Canyon Fire along the Palisades Road corridor beginning at the Highway 28 juncture.

 Level 2 evacuations are in place the Trinidad area along Mansfield Road. Shelter is available for evacuated residents at the Columbia Grove Covenant Church at 19 McElmurry Lane in East Wenatchee. Shelter for pets is also available at the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society in Wenatchee

Crews worked overnight to build containment lines around the fire. Officials said firefighters and multiple air resources will continue to build a fire line.

The Spartan Fire is burning about five miles southeast of Wenatchee. Officials said Wednesday morning it has grown to about 7,500 acres and is 30 percent contained. The fire started Monday night and crews have not said what cause it.

Level two evacuations remain in place for Colockum Road, Moses Carr Road, Ingersoll Road and Tarpiscan Road. This means you should be ready to leave at a moment’s notice. Authorities said there are about 80 buildings threatened.

Officials said hand crews and dozers held the fire to the north of Colockum Road and west of Alcoa Highway. They said the fire most actively spread to the southeast. Crews plan to continue Tuesday to build a line around the fire.

The Straight Hollow Fire was formerly grouped in with the Sutherland Canyon fires. The Straight Hollow Fire experienced rapid, wind driven growth yesterday. It has grown to approximately 6,000 acres. There are no structures threatened in the area.

© 2017 KREM-TV


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