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New fire near Tonasket blackens 1,000 acres; other NCW fires grow slowly

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NCW —Most fires burning around North Central Washington continued to grow slowly on Monday, but a new fire near Tonasket exploded to 1,000 acres.

Here’s a wrap-up:

Bugg Road Fire — One structure has been destroyed in fire east of Tonasket that was reported Monday and quickly grew to 1,000 acres.

A regional fire management team arrived Monday and 150 firefighters are now assigned to the blaze. Numerous homes are threatened.

Chiwaukum Creek Fire — The fire continues to creep down Tumwater Canyon toward Icicle Ridge and Leavenworth as it grew slightly to 10,664 acres on Monday.

One recreational home and one outbuilding have burned.

Highway 2 is still closed between Leavenworth and Coles Corner, but Leavenworth can be reached by detour through Plain and the Chumstick Highway.

A crew of 114 Army National Guard soldiers arrived Monday to help build fire lines.

Kelly Mountain — A crew of smokejumpers was pulled off the fire in the Entiat Valley on Monday for safety reasons because of the weather change.

The fire has grown slightly to 122 acres, and continues to force the closure of the upper Entiat River Valley

Duncan Fire — Firefighters finished wrapping 14 recreational homes in aluminum and set up sprinklers to protect the homes from the advancing fire, which has grown to 997 acres in the Entiat Valley. The fire is expected to drop down from the ridge to the valley, but firefighters hope to stop it short of the homes.

Mills Canyon — Rehabilitation is now in full swing for the 22,571-acre fire near Entiat.

Lone Mountain Fire: Hoses and water-pumping systems have set out as a precaution to protect structures near Stehekin and Juanita Lake as the fire grew to 1,400 acres Monday.

The 2010 Rainbow Bridge Fire that burned between Lone Mountain and Stehekin has reduced fuel in the area and is helping firefighters protect the remote community.

The Boulder Creek Trail and War Creek Trail are closed because of the fire.

Reach Rick Steigmeyer at 509-664-7151 or . Read his blog Winemaker's Journal or follow him on Twitter at @steigmeyerww.

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