Updated, 3:15 p.m. Wednesday: ENTIAT — As of 3 p.m. Wednesday, Level 1 evacuation notices have been raised to Level 2 (get ready to leave) from Mad River Road to Entiat River Road milepost 24 on both sides of the roadway, according to Chelan County Emergency Management.

 CHELAN — A brush fire along Navarre Coulee Road has forced officials to close roads and issue evacuations.

The fire was reported at 8:38 p.m. Tuesday at 6710 Navarre Coulee Road, about eight miles west of Chelan. The roadway is closed in both directions from the intersection of Highway 97 to milepost 9.

Several areas are under evacuation notices, including:

  • Level 3 (get out now): 6300 block of Navarre Coulee Road to Highway 97A along the eastside of the road.
  • Level 2 (be set to leave): 5500 block of Navarre Coulee Road to Highway 97A.
  • Level 1 (be aware): five homes on Highway 97/A above Knapps Tunnel.  

A Red Cross shelter is open for evacuees at Chelan High School, 215 W. Webster Ave., Chelan. If applicable, evacuees are asked to bring their prescription medications and extra supplies they may need.

Many county roads only open to local traffic, including: First Creek Road, Ridgeview Drive, Navarre Drive, Upper Ridge Road and Bear Mountain Road. The roads will reopen when the state Department of Transportation reopens the roadway.

 In addition, Johnson Creek and Oklahoma Gulch roads are closed to the public. Only local traffic allowed.

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WENATCHEE — Department of Natural Resources  Commissioner Hilary Franz is coming to Wenatchee on Monday to chat with journalists at The World.

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SEATTLE — Washington’s wildfire seasons are arriving earlier, and that’s probably not good news for anyone hoping to avoid a repeat of the sun-choking smoke that has afflicted Seattle and much of the rest of the state for the last couple of summers.

ORONDO — It’s been nearly two weeks since a Pine Canyon Growers warehouse in Orondo caught fire — and the scorched remains have hardly been touched.

Updated, 7:15 p.m. Wednesday:

ENTIAT — All evacuation orders related to the Cougar Creek Fire have been lifted.

PLAIN — Gusty winds Wednesday evening on the Cougar Creek Fire created smoke columns visible from Plain and the Entiat River Valley.

Updated, 1:40 p.m. Friday: PLAIN — The Cougar Creek Fire is 50 percent contained, fire officials say.

OLYMPIA – Colville-based Vaagen Brothers Timber Company won the bid on the first Good Neighbor Authority restoration timber harvest.

PLAIN — Command of the Cougar Creek Fire burning between Plain and Entiat will transfer Wednesday evening to a smaller incident management team.

WENATCHEE — The siege of smoke lifted this weekend in the Wenatchee Valley, but may return if winds and rains die down.

LEAVENWORTH — Every morning, officials on the Cougar Creek Fire are issued a lengthy document called an Incident Action Plan that details the day’s operations. A former spokesman on the fire referred to it as their “Bible.”

LEAVENWORTH — Cougar Creek Fire-related evacuation in the Entiat area were downgraded Friday as fire crews, wind and weather reduced the threat to the communities east of the fire.

WENATCHEE — While smoke in the Wenatchee Valley continues to dissipate, residents are cautioned to keep an eye on air quality warnings and remain safe.

Updated, 2:35 p.m. Wednesday: NCW — The National Weather Service in Spokane issued a Red Flag Warning for Thursday in much of Eastern Washington, to include Chelan, Douglas and Grant counties.

NCW — Fire restrictions have been increased Tuesday in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.

CHELAN COUNTY — The thick smoke over Chelan County signals difficult times for some local businesses.

NCW — Target shooting is temporarily prohibited on Bureau of Land Management land in Eastern Washington, including Chelan, Douglas, Grant and Okanogan counties.

WENATCHEE — It doesn't look like the smoke is going away anytime soon.

Update, 10:35 a.m. Thursday: ENTIAT — All evacuation levels at the Cougar Creek Fire were downgraded by one level at 10 a.m. Thursday and containment has increased.

SOAP LAKE — Fire crews are responding to a wildfire a mile outside Soap Lake along Highway 28 milepost 55.

ENTIAT — The Cougar Creek Fire began burning more than two weeks ago after lightning strikes north of Entiat.

NCW — Air quality in the region has significantly improved from the past few days, though it still isn't back to "good."

NCW — Wildfire smoke pushed air quality into the "very unhealthy" and "hazardous" range across North Central Washington Monday.

ARDENVOIR — Aside from the splash of sprinklers and passing fire trucks, the upper Entiat River Valley was silent Monday morning.

WENATCHEE — Firehouse Pet Shop and Grooming and PetSmart are accepting donations of pet food and supplies for the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society's effort to help those affected by fires near the Entiat Valley.

WENATCHEE — Air quality in the region rose to a "very unhealthy" level Thursday as smoke from local wildfires cast a veil over the mountains.

Update, 7:30 p.m. Thursday:

WENATCHEE — An "excessive heat watch" is in effect this week as temperatures are expected to rise to about 104 degrees before cooling on Friday.

Updated, 11:50 a.m. Tuesday: ENTIAT — At noon Tuesday, Level 3 evacuations (leave now) are in effect for homes along Entiat River Road from Potato Creek to milepost 25 on both sides of the road, according to Chelan County Emergency Management.

Updated, 11:40 a.m. Tuesday: BRIDGEPORT — The Road P Fire between Bridgeport and Grand Coulee Dam is 100 percent contained, according to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office.

TWISP — The Gilbert Fire, burning about 21 miles west of Twisp, has grown to about 7,000 acres.

FISH LAKE — Fire crews are making an air attack on the new Lost Lake Fire, which was reported about 4 p.m. Sunday north of Maverick Saddle above Fish Lake.

NCW — Add target shooting to the list of things not to do in the forest.

WENATCHEE — Campfires are now banned in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.

Updated, 3:15 p.m. Wednesday: ENTIAT — As of 3 p.m. Wednesday, Level 1 evacuation notices have been raised to Level 2 (get ready to leave) from Mad River Road to Entiat River Road milepost 24 on both sides of the roadway, according to Chelan County Emergency Management.

Updated, 5:10 p.m. Wednesday: CHELAN — Navarre Coulee Road was reopened in both directions about 5 p.m. Wednesday from the intersection of Highway 97/A near Knapps Tunnel to Lake Chelan State Park, according to the state Department of Transportation.

Updated, 8:50 a.m. Friday: ENTIAT — Driven by wind gusts of up to 40 mph and burning in heavy timber, the Cougar Creek Fire northwest of Entiat grew by more than 2,000 acres Thursday.

NCW — Meteorologists are forecasting wind gusts as high as 23 mph Wednesday with temperatures near 90 in North Central Washington.

NCW — A flurry of fires is keeping firefighters busy in North Central Washington.

Updated, 9:05 a.m. Monday: CHELAN — Level 3 evacuations remain in place for homes affected by the 25 Mile Creek Fire near Lake Chelan.

Updated, 3:50 p.m. Friday: MANSFIELD — The fire near Highway 172 is 100 percent contained, according to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. All roads are open, but crews are still in the area. Motorists are asked to avoid the area if possible.

Updated, 9:05 a.m. Tuesday: ORONDO — The Chelan Hills Fire continues to show no new growth and is now estimated at 97 percent contained.

Updated, 9:45 a.m. Thursday: ORONDO — The Turtle Rock Fire is estimated to be 80 percent contained, according to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office.

Update 11:35 a.m. Tuesday: Level 1 evacuation notices were lifted at 10 a.m. Tuesday for Swakane Canyon residents, according to Chelan County Emergency Management.

UPDATED 10:50 a.m. Thursday:

CRESCENT BAR — The Tuesday night Crescent Bar brush fire came within 200 to 300 feet homes, fire officials say.

Update: 9:51 p.m. Tuesday: CRESCENT BAR — A fast-moving grass fire swept toward homes near here Tuesday evening but was stopped by a triple-alarm response that included aerial water drops and dozens of firefighters.

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