MANSON — Firefighters held the 25 Mile Fire to its estimated 1,555 acres through Saturday night. More than 350 firefighters are fighting the fire in the Dutch Harbor area north of Manson.
The fire is now 15 percent contained. A Level 1 evacuation notice is still in effect for residents in Emerson Acres and Green’s Landing communities and Antilon Lake Campground north of Manson. Level 1 evacuation notice means residents should be aware of the danger that exists and monitor local media information. Residents sensitive to smoke should prepare to evacuate.
Forest Service Road 8200 has been closed beyond Antilon Lake. Mitchell Creek Campground, accessible only by boat, is also closed.
The fire is burning on steep terrain through grass, tall brush and scattered timber. A dozen 20-person firefighting crews are now on the fire, including five hotshot crews from Entiat, Oregon and California, said Bruce Livingston, spokeman for a Type II Interagency Incident Management Team that took over management of the fire early Saturday morning. Firefighters are based at Manson High School.
Livingston said winds calmed down Saturday, but winds over Lake Chelan are notorious for increasing unpredictably.
One light helicopter, two medium helicopters and two heavy helicopters have been dumping water from the lake on the fire. Five ground vehicles are being used to protect homes in the area.
The cause of the fire that started July 4th on private property in the Dutch Harbor area is still under investigation. Anyone who may have seen suspicious activity in the area July 4 are asked to report it to lead investigator Alan Lawson at (509) 925-8510. Fire suppression costs so far have amounted to more than $525,000.