NCW — Residents who evacuated in the St. Mary’s Mission Road Fire east of Omak on Tuesday were allowed to return home Saturday morning. The road — where two homes and eight other buildings were destroyed and the Paschal Sherman Indian School was threatened by the wind-driven fire — remains closed to the public. Now 15 percent contained, the fire is still active, and more than 500 firefighting personnel, eight helicopters and 39 engines are working to protect the 54 homes still considered threatened on the Colville Indian Reservation, fire ...
Wildfires in North Central Washington continued to burn actively on Thursday despite the cooler weather, fire officials say. The St. Mary’s Mission Road Fire which started Tuesday east of Omak nearly doubled to 9,655 acres, while the Wenatchee Complex burning since a Sept. 8 lightning storm is now 56,478 acres.
WENATCHEE — The national fire team overseeing fires in the area will head back home and firefighters will clear out of Wenatchee Confluence State Park on Friday. The firefighting effort continues to wind down, though officials don’t expect all the fires to be contained until they are doused with a soaking rain or snow.
OMAK — Firefighters lost no additional homes Wednesday, but made little headway in containing a wind-driven wildfire that has grown to 5,500 acres on the Colville Indian Reservation east of Omak. The St. Mary’s Mission Road Fire started Tuesday afternoon near the road’s junction with Highway 155, and quickly blossomed into a roaring inferno under heavy winds.
OMAK — Two homes and several outbuildings were destroyed by a 1,000-acre wildfire burning on the Colville Indian Reservation Tuesday, along with a storage building at St. Mary’s Mission, where tribal students once boarded at an Indian School. The Paschal Sherman Indian School was also threatened in the wind-driven wildfire that swept through grass and sagebrush, but firefighters were able to evacuate a few dozen boarding students and protect the school, said Omak Fire Chief Kevin Bowling.
WENATCHEE — Fire lines held tight through winds that gusted to 35 mph on Tuesday, giving fire officials confidence that the wildfire danger has nearly passed. “The big test was the red-flag (wind) warning for the last two days,” said fire spokesman Brad Pitassi. “With the minimal growth that we saw on the fires and the fact that they stayed within containment features after going through a pretty significant test, it makes everyone comfortable.”
Two homes were destroyed on the Colville Indian Reservation, along with one building at St. Mary's Mission, where tribal students once boarded at an Indian School. The mission was later replaced by the Paschal Sherman Indian School, which is threatened, but has a dozer line around it, said
WENATCHEE — Four fires burning near Wenatchee, Cashmere, Entiat and Lake Chelan were declared fully contained on Sunday. But crews are still working to corral the largest fire burning south of Wenatchee and several still blazing in the high country.
Stewart Hoover and ThanhVan Tran were relieved to find their home had not burned when they returned from a trip to the east coast the evening of Sept. 12. The hills around their house at the paved end of No. 1 Canyon Road were charred and still smoking, but it appeared as though the danger had passed.
WENATCHEE — Firefighters completed a large burnout along the Blewett Pass highway Wednesday that impeded traffic until nearly midnight. “It was really smoky up there,” fire spokesman Mick Mueller said this morning. “You could feel the heat (in your car) in sections. That was really warm when the fire went through heavy timber.”
Air quality in Wenatchee and Cashmere returned to unhealthy and hazardous levels respectively today as nighttime inversions trap wildfire smoke in NCW’s nooks and crannies. Yet most air sampling sites maintained in the region by the Washington Department of Ecology and the U.S. Forest Service showed strong improvements in outlying areas today, putting Leavenworth, Chelan, Omak, Winthrop, Twisp, Entiat, Quincy and Pateros in the good to unhealthy for sensitive groups range, below generally unhealthy levels.
WENATCHEE — Highway 97 over Blewett Pass will be reduced to one lane traffic at noon today as firefighters work to contain the Peavine Fire. The restriction will be along a three-mile section south of the summit.