Update 3:50 pm Monday
MANSFIELD — Fresh teams of firefighters from around the region and state this afternoon began relieving local crews exhausted from battling the Rock Hill Fire for more than 18 hours.
“New resources are arriving,” said Douglas County Fire District 5 Chief Tyler Caille from the fire camp at Mansfield High School. “Original responders can take a break.”
The 1,122-acre blaze, first reported around 8 p.m. Sunday, grew slowly this afternoon in steep terrain of mixed trees, grass and brush. Light winds continued to blow it towards McNeil Canyon, about three miles to the south.
There’s been no containment of the fire as yet, said Caille, and a cause has not been determined. On Sunday night, nine local fire districts sent more than 50 firefighters to tackle the blaze.
No additional structures have been damaged by the wildfire, which destroyed a single-wide mobile home and six outbuildings shortly after the blaze ignited Sunday night. Six homes in the area remain under Level 2 evacuation notices (residents should be ready to leave at a moment’s notice) and 40 to 70 homes in McNeil Canyon are at Level 1 (be alert to nearby fire).
A Type 3 interagency fire team assumed management of the fire this morning and is now directing around 200 firefighters, two helicopters, a water-scoop plane and two bulldozers. Two more bulldozers are on the way, said Caille, along with three 20-person hand crews.
— Mike Irwin, World staff
Updated 9:15 a.m. Monday
CHELAN FALLS — A single-wide mobile home and six outbuildings burned down shortly after firefighters were called to the Rock Hill Fire Sunday night.
One resident was also transported by ambulance to Lake Chelan Community Hospital for unrelated medical reasons, said Douglas County Fire District 5 Chief Tyler Caille.
The fire was reported just before 8 p.m. Sunday, and is now over 1,000 acres, the fire chief said this morning.
“It went to 300 acres extremely rapidly, due to the high winds at the initial call,” he said.
The mobile home and other structures burned within the first hour of the fire.
Several local fire departments responded to the three-alarm fire and have been fighting the blaze all night.
Eight homes were notified that they should be ready to leave at a moment’s notice. Some 75 homes in the McNeil Canyon area are threatened.
Caille said the cause of the fire is under investigation. “I can’t even speculate,” the chief said.
The fire started about three miles north of McNeil Canyon, in the area of Road 20 NW and Road D NW, on a private road called Rock Hill Road, he said.
State resources were approved just before midnight, and a Type 3 interagency fire team is taking over management of the fire this morning.
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8:11 a.m. Monday
MANSFIELD — A 350-acre wildfire burning about 13 miles west of Mansfield is threatening 75 homes Monday morning.
Some residents have been warned to be ready to leave at a moment’s notice.
The Rock Hill Fire was reported just before 8 p.m. Sunday, and the state authorized more resources shortly before midnight.
Four local fire districts initially responded. Today, four strike teams with 20 engines and four fire tenders are on their way to help firefighters already on the blaze.
A Type 3 interagency fire team has also been ordered to oversee management of the blaze.