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.

Also at 5 p.m., Chelan County Emergency Management reduced Level 2 evacuation notices to Level 1 (be aware) for nearby homes.

 

Updated, 1:20 p.m. Wednesday: CHELAN — All Level 3 evacuation notices were lowered to Level 2 (be set to leave) Wednesday morning for homes affected by the Navarre Coulee fire.

Navarre Coulee Road remains closed at the intersection of Highway 97/A near Knapps Tunnel to Lake Chelan State Park — except to local traffic.

 

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:

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.