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Aggressive initial attack made on new fire northwest of Chelan

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NCW — Two wildfires burning in North Central Washington were contained Thursday, but a new one broke out northwest of Chelan, causing evacuations of about seven homes on Shady Pass Road.

No structures have been lost in the 25 Mile Creek Fire, which started at about 2:30 p.m. on private land and quickly spread to U.S. Forest Service land, growing to about 400 acres by this morning. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Chelan County Sheriff’s Sgt. Jerry Moore said fire officials were hopeful this morning that the homes would be out of danger by noon, and the evacuation level could be reduced.

Campers at the Twenty-Five Mile Creek State Park were given notice of the fire, but the campground remains open.

Firefighters responded in force with three helicopters dropping water on the perimeter of the fire, and crews building firelines in an attempt to pinch off the fire’s progress.

Two hotshot crews borrowed from the Mills Canyon Fire worked through the night, along with several local county engine crews protecting structures in the area, said Chelan District Ranger Kari Grover-Wier.

She said two local initial attack crews and the Wenatchee Valley Rappellers also worked to get fireline around a large portion of the fire.

It looks a lot better than we first thought it was going to,” said Grover-Weir. She said the aggressive effort on Thursday have fire officials hopeful about securing much of the fireline today.

A Type 3 interagency team is based out of Twenty-Five Mile Camp, and Shady Pass Road is closed, but the South Lakeshore Road remains open.

Other fires:

The 1,045-acre Palisades Flats Fire, near Palisades in Douglas and Grant counties, is 80 percent contained. The fire was reported at about 4 p.m. Wednesday. It is burning in brush and grass, and no structures are threatened. Tom Steichen, fire spokesman for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in Wenatchee, said they hope the fire will be contained today or Saturday.

The Highland 2 Fire is contained at 476 acres. These two fires were managed as one. One was six miles east of Bridgeport and the other about 6.5 miles east of Leahy Junction. No homes were lost.

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