Crews nearly contain Pearl Hill Fire, burning nearly 350 sq. miles near Bridgeport

BRIDGEPORT, Wash. — The Pearl Hill Fire has burned 223,730 acres — nearly 350 square miles — south of the Columbia River near Bridgeport. It is 94-percent contained.

All areas south of Highway 2 have had all evacuation orders dropped for the Apple Acres Fire, which has burned 5,753 acres (almost 9 square miles) north of Chelan. People living nearby must be ready to leave.

Crews have almost fully contained the Apple Acres Fire and are making progress on the Pearl Hill Fire.

Fire officials said the Pearl Hill Fire started when the Cold Springs Fire in Okanogan County jumped across the Columbia River. The fire was pushed by strong winds from the north and raced the fire east. Afternoon winds then pushed the fire west toward McNeil Canyon Road.