ENTIAT, Wash.--- As crews mopped up two wildfires in central and eastern Washington, the war waged on Monday against the Mills Canyon Fire near Entiat.
Crews reached 25% containment during the weekend, but the fire continued to grow. Fire officials said it had burned through 22,571 acres as of Monday. The objective for firefighters was to keep the flames west of the Columbia River and south of the Entiat River, to protect nearby structures, and to limit the impact on threatened species. More than 1,000 firefighters worked to get a handle on the fire in the previous week
Many people in Chelan County said the flames were getting too close for comfort.
“I just woke myself up every two hours, just to see where the fire was at,” said Chelan Co. resident Bridget Shaw. “We have sprinklers around in front of the house and we just wanted to make sure that it wasn’t going to cross the road.”
Chelan County is one of 17 in Washington, including Spokane County, where wildlife danger was considered ‘high’ Monday according to the Department of Natural Resources. A burn ban extended across 13 million acres of land.
Nearby, crews reached containment on the 25 Mile Fire near Lake Chelan. The Lake Spokane Fire near Long Lake was also considered 100% contained.
Authorities were still investigating the cause of the Mills Canyon Fire on Monday.