NEAR CHELAN, Wash. -- A wildfire near Chelan that is threatening 50 homes grew to 4,000 acres Tuesday.
More than 350 firefighters have been assigned to battle the Antoine Creek Fire. It started around noon Sunday seven miles north of the town. The fire is burning on steep terrain in an area of dry, heavy sage and timber.
Authorities said they are starting to gain the upper hand on the fire. The created an eleven mile perimeter around the fire and only one mile of that is not contained. They said the fire did not grow significantly Monday.
There are three helicopters and two air tankers, similar to large crop dusters, providing support from the air. Fire crews from Spokane are part of the team helping with the fire.
Approximately 50 homes in the area are under a level one evacuation notice. That means residents are aware there is an active fire in the area and there is a possibility they will need to evacuate.
Highway 97 was briefly closed Monday when the flames jumped over the road. However, no road closures are currently in place.
Authorities estimate the fire is about 40% contained.