Mile Post 10 Morning Update for August 12
Incident: Milepost 10 Wildfire
Incident Summary: The Milepost 10 Fire is located 0.5 miles south of Malaga, about 8 miles south of Wenatchee. The fire was initially reported at approximately 11 PM on Friday, August 9, and was caused by lightning. It was burning in dry grass on steep rocky slopes, cliffs and benches above the Columbia River near the Rock Island Dam. Rainfall from thunderstorms yesterday assisted firefighters by dampening heat in the fire perimeters of both the Colockum Tarps and Mile Post 10 fires. However, the flash floods created access issues for firefighters due to mudslides and a bridge wash-out.
The fire is approximately 6,000 acres and threatens a power transmission line, a communications site, communities of Malaga, Kingsbury, Wenatchee Heights and Stemilt. Evacuations levels remain unchanged; approximately 78 residences have received Level 3 Evacuation Notification and other areas are under Level 2.
A public meeting will be held Monday evening at 7:30 PM at the Chelan Fire District 1 Station in Malaga. Fire officials, local law enforcement, and agency administrators will give an update on the situation and be available for questions.
Planned Actions Today: Public and firefighter safety will be the top priority. Fire fighters will continue to construct fire lines and secure those constructed yesterday. Hand crews, engine crews, and aircraft will be available. Pockets of heat remain in many areas of the Mile Post 10 fire and those will be assessed today.
Weather Outlook: A drier airmass with southwest flow moves into the region today. Thunderstorms are still possible. Drier and warmer conditions are expected Tuesday and Wednesday with decreased relative humidity.
Closures: Due to the flooding, the Malaga-Alcoa Highway is closed at Mile Post 12; Colockum, Tarpiscan, and Kingsbury roads are also closed. Joe Miller, Jumpoff, and private roads remain closed. There will be roving patrols and only residents are allowed beyond the closures.
Evacuations: The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office evacuation orders remain in place:
LEVEL 3: Kingsbury Canyon Rd., Jumpoff Rd., Cathedral Rock Rd., Big Springs Ranch Rd., Crown Ln., Joe Miller Rd from Hamlin Rd to Big Springs Ranch Rd. LEVEL 2: Stemilt Loop Rd from Jumpoff to about 2 miles northwest. LEVEL 1: Forest Ridge
Cooperating Agencies: Washington Department of Natural Resources, Bureau of Land Management, Chelan County Fire District #1, Washington State PatrolFIRE STATUS
Acres Burned: 6,000 acres
Structures Destroyed: None
Closures: Multiple roads (see below)
Evacuations: unchanged (see below)
Water Tenders: 11
Total personnel: Approx. 350