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.
ENTIAT — The Cougar Creek Fire 20 miles northwest of Entiat is estimated at 803 acres and 0 percent contained.
The fire isn’t threatening any homes, but is burning in heavy timber, creating a thick column of smoke visible for miles, according to a news release from the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. It was caused by lightning strikes on Saturday.
Some crews assigned to the fire were called to respond Tuesday night to a brush fire burning near Chelan on Navarre Coulee Road.
Fire officials are calling for a community meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Entiat Fire Station, 2200 Entiat Way, Entiat.
Northwest Interagency Incident Management Team 11 assumed command of fire operations on Tuesday.
A Level 1 evacuation notice (be aware) was issued Tuesday for both sides of the Entiat River Road from Mad River Road to the end of the Entiat River Road, to include Mud Creek Road. Ardenvoir is not affected.
Several Forest Service roads 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 above the Faultline Road No. 6104 (where the seasonal closure begins), and Chikamin Tie Trail No. 1561.1 is closed above Forest Service Road No. 6210.
Within the Entiat Ranger District, the Upper Mad River Trail System and Tommy Creek Trail are closed, as well.