Growing wildfire prompts evacuations in Chelan Co.


by KING 5 News

Posted on July 9, 2014 at 6:54 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 9 at 12:18 PM

NEAR ENTIAT, Wash. -- Residents in Chelan County were evacuated for a time after a wildfire grew to 5,500-acres Wednesday.

About 250 firefighters and 15 fire engines were battling the Mills Canyon Fire, burning about four miles west of Entiat, Wash. Three helicopters were being used to fight the fire, as well as two tankers and other ground resources.

Chelan County Emergency Management officials declared a Level 3 evacuation notice for Mills Canyon and Dinkleman Canyon but later reduced it to Level 2. Evacuation Level 2 was also issued for the Entiat River Road to Dinklman Canyon.

Only residents with a valid I.D. including their address will be allowed past milepost 1.5 on Entiat River Road.

Fire evacuation levels (Source: Chelan County Fire Dist. 1)

  • Level 1 evacuations are an alert. Residents should be aware of the danger that exists, and monitor local media outlets for information. Residents with special needs, or those with pets or livestock, should take note and make preparations for relocating family members, pets, and livestock.
  • Level 2 evacuations indicate there is a significant risk to your area, and residents should either voluntarily relocate to a shelter or with family/friends outside of the area, or, be ready to leave at a moments notice.
  • Level 3 means danger is currently affecting your area or is imminent, and you should leave immediately.

Rock Hill Fire doubles

Another fire at Rock Hill almost doubled in size Tuesday, growing from 1,500 acres to over 2,400 acres. But crews now have the fire 70 percent contained, up from 40 percent earlier in the day.

The Douglas County fire has destroyed two mobile homes and eight outbuildings. 30 homes are still threatened.

The area is under Level 1 and Level 2 evacuations.

The Southeast Washington Interagency hopes to have the the fire contained by Friday.