Butte FireLightning Strikes Ignite Fires Near Lake Chelan, Wenatchee, Entiat, and Winthrop.

By Tony Rose

Byrd Canyon Fire

Incident Updated 4:30 PM Sptember 10, 2012

Navarre Coulee Road Closed due to Fire

Date(s): Sep 10, 2012

SR 971 Both Directions – SR 971 remains closed from mp 2, near SR 97A to mp 9, near Chelan State Park, due to fire activity that is near the roadway.

The Byrd Canyon fire started on Saturday, September 8. It was one of 110 fires started by a lightning storm. It is estimated at 6,500 acres, burning in young timber and downfall.
Highway 97A is intermittendly closed between Chelan and the junction with Navarre Coulee Road. The first three miles of Navarre Coulee Road are closed. 19 homes have been put on Level 3 evacuation.
Approximate size is 7000 acres.

Methow Valley

Saturday night’s lightning ignited several small fires across north central Washington.  In Okanogan County, there are eight small fires on lands managed by the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest’s Methow Valley Ranger District.

Two of those fires are visible from State Route 153 between Pateros and Twisp, Washington.  The Hunter fire, previously referred to as fire number 520, is estimated at 100-plus acres and is on the ridge between McFarland and Squaw Creeks.  The Buckhorn Fire, previously referred to as Fire 536 is on the Gold Creek Ridge and is estimated to be 25 acres.

Fire 512, 570, 571 and another small fire are in the Leecher Mountain area.  Fire 512 is estimated to be 35 acres.  Windy conditions prevented smoke jumpers from parachuting this morning so they are being driven to those fires.

Fire 530 is in the Huckleberry Creek, Sandy Butte area.  It is estimated to be less than 1 acre.

Fire 542 is in the Buck Mountain area and estimated at less than 1 acre.

Where the fires are within ½ to 1 mile of private lands, residents have received level 1 evacuation notification.  This includes residents in the Squaw Creek Drainage, North Fork of Gold Creek and South Fork of Gold Creek.  A level 1 notification is an initial notification to inform residents of the situation and the process which may follow.

To the east, the Tonasket Ranger District has reported no new fires.  Tonasket District did get rain in some areas this morning.

Type 1 and 2 incident management teams are being called in to help with the many lightning caused fires across the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.

The red flag warning remains in effect until 11 p.m. today for wind and low relative humidity.

Multiple Fires Caused By Lightning In Wenatchee Valley

Release Date: Sep 10, 2012   Leavenworth, WA

Multiple fires in the Wenatchee Valley continue to be reported that are directly related to the large lightning storm that disrupted most of North Central Washington this weekend.

Hundreds of lightning strikes on the Wenatchee River Ranger District have resulted in over two dozen wildfires with the majority concentrated in the lower Wenatchee Valley and extending to Lake Wenatchee.

The highest ranked priority fire in the Wenatchee Valley is the 250 acre Canyons Fire, staffed by Chelan County Fire District #1 and the U.S. Forest Service.  The Canyons Fire is approximately three miles west of the City of Wenatchee in the foothills area of Number One Canyon.  This fire has forced evacuations of 179 homes and is highly visible from the Wenatchee metropolitan area.  Air and ground resources are working the fire and a State Mobilization was enacted this afternoon.  Other fires are located in the nearby Twin Peaks area and the Mission Creek drainage.