Concern Rising At Forest Fire Near Lake Chelan

CHEHALIS, WASH. — A forecast for dry lightning in north central Washington is raising concern for firefighters who are already busy with a six-square mile (4,000-acre) fire near Lake Chelan.

The sheriff’s office advised about 200 residents Tuesday to evacuate because the fire threatened to block the only road to two communities on Lake Chelan – Holden Village and Lucerne.

The fire started at about midnight on August 8th and has proven difficult for crews to get a handle on since that time. As of Tuesday, containment was at only 10 percent.

The fire is burning in extremely difficult terrain and is at a high risk to continue spreading. Nearly 600 personnel are on hand trying to get the upper-hand on the blaze that’s tearing through timber near the lake.

The hot, dry temperatures predicted in the region are expected to fuel a difficult fire, with the potential of dry lightning worrying authorities that other fires might crop up in the surrounding area.