NCW — Meteorologists are forecasting wind gusts as high as 23 mph Wednesday with temperatures near 90 in North Central Washington.
The National Weather Service in Spokane on Tuesday issued a red-flag warning for fire weather Tuesday and Wednesday in the Wenatchee and Kittitas valleys.
“(It’s) most definitely something we have to worry about,” said Adam Solt, a spokesman for the incident management team overseeing the Cougar Creek Fire outside Entiat.
Here’s a look at fires in North Central Washington late Tuesday afternoon:
Cougar Creek: Estimated at more than 400 acres, the Cougar Creek Fire is burning in extreme terrain about 20 miles northwest of Entiat in the Mad River area. A Type 2 incident management team is running fire operations.
A Level 1 evacuation — be aware — notice was issued to both sides of Entiat River Road from Mad River Road to the end of Entiat River Road, according to Chelan County Emergency Management. Ardenvoir is not affected.
Several Forest Service roads and trails are closed: Forest Service Road No. 6101 is closed from Deer Camp to Maverick Saddle, Forest Service Road No. 5200 is closed from French Corral to Maverick Saddle, Alder Ridge Trail No. 1523 is closed about the Faultline Road No. 6104 (where the seasonal closure begins), Chikamin Tie Trail No. 1561.1 is closed about Forest Service Road No. 6210, the Upper Mad River Trail system and the Tommy Creek Trail are closed.
Cutthroat: Thirty fire personnel are working the 25-acre fire 13 miles west of Mazama. It’s burning in heavy timber deep in the Methow Valley Ranger District.
The fire is 25 percent contained.
Several trails and areas are closed: Cutthroat Lake Trail No. 483 and trailhead, Pacific Crest Trail No. 2000 from Rainy Pass to the junction of West Fork Methow Trail No. 480, Blue Lake Trail No. 314, Rainy Lake Trail No. 310, Maple Pass Trail, Bridge Creek Trailhead (where the Pacific Crest Trail crosses Highway 20), Lone Fir Campground, Washington Pass Overlook, and Road No. 400 to Cutthroat Lake Trailhead.
Chelan Hills: The Chelan Hills Fire burning south of Beebe Bridge in Douglas County continues to show no new growth and is now estimated at 97 percent contained.
Fire officials investigated reports of structure damage and found two primary homes, a seasonal home and several outbuildings were damaged in the fire, according to a news release from Northwest Incident Management Team 11. Some corn and about 80 acres of wheat fields were also damaged.
Crews continue to work within the fire area, falling burned and dead hazard trees that present a danger to people working nearby. These trees can fall or roll down hillsides, sparking new fires.
A temporary flight restriction over the area has been lifted. There are no evacuation notices or road closures Tuesday afternoon.
25 Mile Creek: The 22-acre Lake Chelan fire destroyed a garage and an outbuilding Sunday, and one house was damaged.
South Lakeshore Road at milepost 9 reopened to motorists Tuesday morning, but the area was still under an advisory status. 25 Mile Creek opened Tuesday, as well.
Pete O'Cain: 664-7152