MANSON — A campground was evacuated but no structures are threatened by a 450-acre wildfire burning on Lake Chelan’s north shore, about nine miles northwest of Manson.
A state team was planning to take over this morning to relieve a local 20-person crew that provided initial attack on the wildfire, which is burning in steep and rocky terrain.
First reported from across the lake at about 4 p.m., the fire started on private land near the Dutch Harbor area, but quickly spread to the surrounding national forest and is moving down lake, said U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Elka Missal. The cause is under investigation.
Missal said the Mitchell Creek Campground, which was evacuated, is a boat-in facility, and only a few campers were still there when Forest Service officials arrived to ask them to leave.
The campground isn’t seriously threatened, but is too smoky, and too remote to keep open, she said.
Firefighters hope to keep the blaze west of Mitchell Creek today. “Our biggest concern is the winds, predicted for today on the lake at 8 to 15 miles per hour,” she said.
Missal said the fire is called the 25-Mile Fire, because it was first seen from the 25-Mile Creek area, which is on the other side of Lake Chelan. Locals say it’s burning near the Castle, which is a small rock structure, she said.
A national team will arrive later today to assume command. “They’ve ordered a number of ground and air resources, but as far as how many, I don’t have numbers,” she said.