Colockum Fire near Wenatchee now 90 percent contained, evacuations lifted

Colockum Fire
Credit: Chelan Fire and Rescue

CHELAN CO., Wash. — Level 2 evacuations have been downgraded to Level 1 for the Colockum Fire, which has now burned 2,967 acres in Chelan County near Malaga.

The fire is currently 90-percent contained, as of Tuesday morning.

The fire is burning at Kingsbury Road and Colockum Road, according to Chelan County Emergency Management. It sparked shortly after 2 p.m. Saturday.

Level 1 evacuations are in place for Colockum, Kinsbury and Jump Off roads. This means residents must be ready to leave at a moment’s notice.

The evacuation on Tarpiscan Road has been cancelled.

State fire assistance was mobilized on Saturday, but several crews have been relieved from the fire fight since. There were originally seven crews with a total of 282 firefighters battling the flames on Saturday. On Tuesday, there were two crews with 44 firefighters responding.

Between Sunday night and Monday morning, firefighters were able to secure hot spots on the West edge of the fire near Jump Off Road.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

East end of Colockum Rd where the fire was. Wind was dying down so it gave a chace for FF to catch thier breath and the fire.

Posted by Southeast Washington Interagency Incident Management Team on Saturday, July 25, 2020