Apple Acres Fire 97% contained


A helicopter makes a water drop on the Apple Acres Fire on Monday, Sept. 7 in the area west of Washington Creek Road. Courtesy Allan Simmons

What do you do when the air quality index is 476 (hazardous), the lawn needs to be mowed at the fire station and you are a firefighter? On Sunday, Sept. 13 Chelan Fire & Rescue firefighter Stephanie Preheim showed those that passed by the station how it is done. She put on her self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) and got the job done. RuthEdna Keys/LCM

The fire burned around and through the North Cascades Sportman’s Club up Washington Creek. Fortunately it appears that there was minimal, if any damage to the buildings or other structures. They are hoping to open back up later this week. For updates go to chelangunclub.com Courtesy Ed Fischang, North Cascades Sportman’s Club president

Fire burns in the area of Gold Fish Lake and the ice caves on Apple Acres Road. Courtesy Allan Simmons

Firefighters work to contain the Apple Acres Fire which was fanned by high winds. Courtesy Chelan Fire & Rescue FB

Late Friday night, Sept. 11, a spot fire on Dyer Hill from the Pearl Hill Fire in Douglas county, across the river from Brewster blew up and created a renewed hazard for Crane and Crane headquarters and other points west of the fire. Courtesy Sandra Zamudio Facebook

Courtesy Allan Simmons

Courtesy Allan Simmons

As of Sept. 14 the Apple Acres Fire has burned 5,753. Cause is undetermined.

Courtesy Chelan FIre & Rescue FB

Courtesy Ed Fischang, North Cascades Sportman’s Club president

CHELAN - The Apple Acres Fire which started on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 7, at 11:25 a.m., on Apple Acres Road, near Antoine Creek Road, is 97% contained, and has burned 5,753 acres as of the latest report on Monday, Sept. 14. The fire spread quickly due to strong winds and low relative humidity and is burning in grass, brush, and timber.
State fire assistance was mobilized under the Washington State Fire Services Resource Mobilization Plan in support of local firefighters working to contain the fire.  Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste authorized the mobilization of state firefighting resources on Sept. 7, at 4:15 p.m. at the request of Assistant Fire Chief Brandon Asher, Chelan County Fire District 7.
 There are 40 personnel assigned to the fire as of Monday Sept. 14 and there is reduced fire behavior, with primarily backing, creeping and smoldering. Planned actions are mop up and patrol as well as point protection and the Projected Incident Activity is reduced fire behavior with backing, creeping and smoldering.
Heavy smoke has covered the fire and surrounding communities leading to hazardous air quality, cool temperatures, and higher humidity. This has promoted stable weather conditions and light winds.
Evacuations were reduced to Level 1 at 8 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 10. Rich Magnussen of Chelan County Dept. of Emergency Management asks, that unless you are a resident of the fire areas, that you not travel in those areas, so fire crews can do their work.
Pearl Hill Fire
As of Monday, Sept. 14 the Pearl Hill Fire in Douglas County is at 223,730 acres and 87% contained.
The Pearl Hill Fire started Sept. 7, at 3:39 a.m. near Bridgeport.  The fire spread quickly due to strong winds and low relative humidity.  Local fire crews responded and provided point protection.  Multiple structures have been lost.  No injuries have been reported.  Level 3 evacuations and numerous road closures are in effect. Current evacuation orders and road closures can be found at facebook.com/douglascountywa/. The North Central Washington Fairgrounds  in Waterville is available for livestock. They can be reached at (509) 745-8480.
Cold Springs Fire
As of Monday, Sept. 14 the Cold Springs in Okanogan County is at 188,852 acres and 50% contained.
The Cold Springs fire started September 6, at 9:45 p.m. near Omak.  The fire spread quickly due to strong winds and low relative humidity.  Local fire crews responded and provided point protection.  Multiple structures have been lost. Level 3 evacuations and numerous road closures are in effect.  Current evacuation orders and road closures can be found at www.okanogandem.org.
 The Okanogan Co Fairgrounds is available for livestock.  Northeast Washington Interagency Incident Management Team 2 assumed command of the fire Sept. 8 at 6 a.m.  The incident command post is located at the Omak Stampede.
Residents can call (509) 670-5331 for American Red Cross assistance.

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