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Skyline Drive Fire contained, evacuations lifted

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WENATCHEE — The 180-acre Skyline Drive Fire is now contained, and no homes are considered threatened by the blaze that quickly swept through Wenatchee’s foothills early Sunday morning.

Firefighters successfully defended firelines through Sunday afternoon, and are working today to put out hot spots in the fire’s interior, said Rich Magnussen, Chelan County Emergency Management Specialist.

The Saddlerock trails and Skyline Drive remain closed because fire crews are still in the area and need unimpeded access to the area.

Residents who live on Skyline Drive are allowed to use the road.

Reported at 2:15 a.m. Sunday, the blaze quickly swept up and over Saddlerock, and about 100 firefighters worked through the night and day Sunday to prevent the fire from threatening homes in No. 2 Canyon. No structures were lost.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the state Department of Natural Resources. Fire investigators have pinpointed an ignition point just off of Skyline Drive.

Reach K.C. Mehaffey at 509-997-2512 or . Read her blog An Apple a Day or follow her on Twitter at @KCMehaffeyWW.