Updated, 1:15 p.m. Wednesday:

STEHEKIN — An incident management team assumed command Wednesday of the Devore Creek Fire southwest of Stehekin.

A long-term plan for fighting the fire is still under works.

“We are still developing a strategy,” said Andy Lyon, spokesman for the Phoenix National Incident Management Team. “We’re only using one tactic at the moment and that is to finish reopening a line to protect the community of Stehekin, should the fire progress that far.”

Crews have opened 2.5 miles of brush in protection line west of Stehekin and have about another mile left to clear, Lyon said.

The fire is estimated at 150 acres and hasn’t shown much recent growth, though the blaze was active Tuesday in unburned areas within the fire perimeter, the management team said in a news release.

Though small, the fire is complicated, Lyon said, explaining that it’s burning at burning in a remote area in high, steep terrain in a wilderness area.

The fire is burning at an elevation of 5,700 to 6,800 feet in the Glacier Peak Wilderness. It was previously estimated at 8,000 feet. It started July 23 by a lightning strike.

A community meeting will be hosted at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Stehekin Community Center.

No evacuations are in place. Devore Creek Trail No. 1244 and Ten Mile Creek No. 2141 are closed.


STEHEKIN — A small fire outside Stehekin could continue to burn until it’s extinguished by season-ending rain or snow, officials say.

The 150-acre Devore Creek Fire is burning at roughly 8,000 feet elevation in the Glacier Peak Wilderness and dropping water from aircraft isn’t effective in heavy timber, the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest said Monday in a news release.

Fire managers flew over the fire Monday and saw little growth. The fire started July 23 in a lightning storm but wasn’t noticed for several days.

An incident management team will take over command on the fire on Wednesday. Officials haven’t announced a long-term strategy for the fire, but said there’s potential for the fire to burn through the summer.

A crew of 55 is assigned to the fire and it is mostly focused on reopening a community protection line outside Stehekin. An information meeting for Stehekin residents is being planned, but no dates or times have been announced.

Smoke from the fire has had a minimal effect on air quality, the news release said.

There are no homes under evacuation. Devore Creek Trail No. 1244 and Ten Mile Creek Trail No. 2141 are closed for public safety.

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