LAKE WENATCHEE - The Wolverine Fire is burning in the uppermost reaches of the Entiat Ranger District and is located on National Forest System lands above Cottonwood and Myrtle Lake. The fire is moving across the Larch Lakes area and towards the Rock Creek drainage on the Wenatchee River Ranger District side.

With the fire’s potential to spread into the Rock Creek drainage and into the Chiwawa River drainage with only a single road in and out, clearing campers and recreationists from the Chiwawa drainage is being undertaken at this time, said Forest Service spokesman Susan Peterson in a press release. Recreationists utilizing the campgrounds and trails within the Chiwawa River drainage are being contacted today and asked to leave.

A forest closure is in effect for the area northwest of Grouse Creek Group Campground at the Chikamin Road junction to encompass the entire Chiwawa River drainage, its campgrounds and trails.

This action is being undertaken as a precautionary measure due to unpredictable large fire behavior in the area and the potential difficulty in evacuating this area in the event of rapid fire spread, Peterson said.

While the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest is still open for recreation, the ban on all campfires remains everywhere on the forest. It is imperative that forest visitors follow this direction as fire danger is extreme, any new ignitions have the potential to become large fires and fire suppression resources are stretched thin due to the large number of current fires.

Dee Riggs: 664-7147