CHELAN COUNTY, Wash. — Fire crews are making good progress in fighting a wildfire burning near Chelan.
The Stayman Flats fire started Monday afternoon and forced evacuations in the area. Firefighters report they made good progress stopping the fire overnight.
Washington State Department of Natural Resources reports the fire has grown to 1,200 acres as of Tuesday morning. DNR reports they have dozer lines on both flanks, with two hand crews ready to join the ground resources today.
Multiple air resources were also used to try and get the fire under control. DNR reports four fire bosses, two heavy tankers, and T1 and T2 helicopters will be used to fight the fire.
Chelan Fire and Rescue reports the fire was very active as of Tuesday morning. They are also asking boaters to stay off the Columbia River where air resources are operating.
Level 3 and Level 2 evacuations, which were in place on Tuesday, were lowered to Level 1 as of Wednesday morning for a wildfire near Stayman Flats Road and Highway 97A near Knapps Tunnel in Chelan County. Chelan County Emergency Management set up a temporary emergency shelter for those who need it.
According to emergency management, Level 1 evacuations are in place for Downie Canyon Road and Hawks Ridge Road.
Level 1 evacuations mean STAY ALERT as fire has been reported in the area and advisement has been issued.
Level 1 evacuations are in place for Stayman Flats Road, from milepost 2 to the end of the road, Highway 97A from Knapps Tunnel to Downie Canyon Road, Little Butte Ranch Road, Chucker Hill Road and all roads off of Hawks Meadows Road, Chucker Run, Eagle Crest Road and Dove Hollow Road.
At this time, Stayman Flats Road is closed through traffic, emergency management says. Downie Canyon Road is also closed. Emergency management advises people to stay out of those areas.
According to Washington State DNR Wildfire, ground and air forces are on scene and additional resources are on their way to combat the wildfire.
At this time, emergency management says that the current evacuation levels will stay in place overnight. Levels are expected to be re-evaluated by Tuesday morning.
This is a developing story and we will provide more updates as they become available.
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