WENATCHEE, Wash. - The wildfire threat for some homes in Chelan County is easing as firefighters report progress against blazes in Central Washington.
The Chelan County Sheriff's office said at 8 p.m. Saturday that there was a reduced threat to homes in three subdivisions and cut the evacuation level to I, meaning residents should be prepared to leave if the situation changes.
The Wenatchee Complex is estimated at 42,508 acres and is 30 percent contained. The Table Mountain complex is estimated at 30, 434 acres and is just 10 percent contained.
There were concerns earlier Saturday that lightning storms and high winds would fuel blazes, but the Wenatchee Complex Fire command says no lightning developed and the winds moderated. The red flag warning was dropped
Two cabins destroyed by the Table Mountain Fire include the Table Mountain A-frame rental cabin and the Riders Cabin, both US Forest Service-administered properties.
The command said firefighters made good progress and the blazes saw little or no growth.
The fires are burning on 143 square miles of parched forest, brush and grass.
Thousands of firefighters have been working to steer fires away from scattered hillside homes and entire communities for weeks.
There is an Eastern Washington burn ban prohibiting all outdoor burning, including but not limited to campfires, bonfires, residential yard burning, agricultural burning and fireworks.
The Department of Ecology said that Wenatchee, Pateros and Cashmere areas have seen slight clearing in wildfire smoke, but air quality there still remains in the “hazardous” category.
Other areas of Eastern Washington – such as Entiat, Quincy, Leavenworth, Chelan, Yakima, White Swan, and Toppenish – experienced some clearing, but still not enough to return to healthy air.
Eastern Washington will continue to see some gradual improvement in air quality, though periodic impacts from drifting smoke are expected.
Some cooler temperatures, along with a little bit of rain (mostly in the northern counties of Eastern Washington) are expected this week.
An emergency animal shelter has been opened at the Chelan County Fairgrounds for large domestic animals. Small animals may be sheltered at the Countryside Veterinary Clinic, 405 Ohme Road.