25 Mile July 8, 2013 Update 1900 Hrs.
Incident: 25 Mile Wildfire
Manson, Wash., – The 25 Mile wildfire, located 8 miles west of Manson and burning in brush, grass and open timber, is estimated at 2098 acres in size and 70% contained. Without a major weather event, fire behavior specialists do not expect any significant movement of the fire.
Fire suppression efforts, using fire crews and helicopter water drops, have been highly successful in containing the fire. Fire officials will be transferring the management of this fire to a local Type 3 fire organization, composed primarily of US Forest Service Chelan and Wenatchee Ranger District staff, on July 9 at 6:00 am.
The Level 1 Evacuation notification affecting the area since the start of the fire will be lifted on July 9 at 6:00 am.
The Mitchell Creek Campground, accessible only by boat, remains closed, as are Forest Service Roads 8200 (Grade Creek Road) beyond Antilon Lake and the 8200-117 (Oss Peak Road). It is anticipated that this campground and these Forest Service roads will open on Wednesday, July 10. Please contact the Chelan Ranger District for information regarding closures.
There also is a change for obtaining information regarding the 25 Mile Fire. The new source, starting July 9, will be: Chelan Ranger District, 509-682-4900, 428 W. Woodin Ave, Chelan, WA 98816. Information will still be available on “Inciweb” at: www.inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3493.
The public should continue to use care and caution with fire, especially around dry grass and brush. The 25 Mile wildfire was human-caused. Any information about suspicious activity near the fire origin, around Dutch Harbor on the Fourth of July, should be directed to Alan Lawson DNR Fire Investigator at (509) 925-8510 or Alan.Lawson@dnr.wa.gov.
Washington Interagency Incident Management Team wishes to thank the residents of Chelan County, fire fighting crews and cooperating agencies for their continuing support and efforts to manage this wildfire. Cooperating agencies include the U. S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Washington State Department of Natural Resources, Chelan County Sheriff and Chelan County Fire Districts 5 and 7.
Fire Facts – Monday, July 8, 2013 – 1800 HOURS
Fire Size: 2098 acres
Evacuations: Level 1 notification will be lifted July 9, 2013 at 0600 AM
Percent Contained: 70%
Fuels: Grass with scattered timber and tall brush
Expected Containment: Not determined
Air Resources: One light helicopter, two heavy helicopters
Firefighting Crews: 8
Water Tenders: 0
Total Personnel: Approx. 253
Total Estimated Cost to Date: $1,538,106.