WENATCHEE, ENTIAT — Cool weather and quiet conditions aided firefighters overnight. More firefighters and engines could be on the way to help. Air support remains uncertain. A weather front with unstable conditions is expected by Thursday, so the fires still have potential. A fire briefing will happen within the hour. More to follow.
Here’s an update of progress made in the Wenatchee-area fires:
Canyons Fire: All evacuations remain in place. Firefighters last night did a successful burnout to remove fuels from the area above Wenatchee’s Broadview subdivision, which now has a “good, black line” between it and the fire, according to fire spokeswoman Connie Mehmel. Flames seen overnight were from the burnout, and not a flare up of the fire, she said. All evacuations remain in place. A garden shed is the only structure lost.
Byrd Fire: Burning north of Entiat. Fire line put in place yesterday held overnight. All structures safe. Crews will now shift from structure protection to working a line on the ridge.
Cashmere: The Poison Creek (Mission Creek) fire burned down to and around homes overnight, but didn’t damage any, Mehmel said. All structures are protected. Fire is still moving slowly downhill toward Cashmere. “We’re pretty comfortable with this one, too,” she said.
Christine Pratt: 665-1173