STEHEKIN — A dry lightning storm that moved through the area Wednesday evening tripled the size of the Moore Point Fire southeast of Stehekin, and ignited a new fire near Chumstick Mountain on the Entiat Ranger District.
Firefighters quickly corralled the one-acre blaze that resulted from a lightning strike west of Entiat, and are mopping up today, said Jim Duck, coordinator for the Central Washington Interagency Communications Center.
But erratic winds from the storm pushed the Moore Point Fire to an estimated 1,500 acres.
“Most of the lightning was on the west side of the Cascades,” Duck said. “But we got a little spillover on our side. We certainly may have some starts out there. We’ll have reconnaissance flights up today to take a look,” he said.
Six homes are still threatened by the Moore Point Fire — three of them now under a high-level evacuation advisory under which homeowners are advised to leave immediately. Three others have been notified since Tuesday to be ready to leave at a moment’s notice.
A new 20-person crew is expected to join the 40 firefighters now working to protect structures, and fight the fire in areas where it’s not too dangerous, said fire spokeswoman Elka Missal.
The entire Lakeshore Trail No. 1274 is now closed, instead of just a section of it, she said. Moore Point Campground also remains closed.
Missal said the fire is primarily moving down the lake, south and east of its origin. “The Meadow Creek drainage was the highest priority, and this morning it was too smoky to see how much it progressed last night,” she said.
The Wolverine Creek and Jungle fires, which were also sparked by Sunday’s lightning storm, are now contained and controlled, and firefighters have a line around the Skookum Puss Fire, estimated at 5 acres, south of the Moore Point Fire near Rex Creek.