UPDATE 1 – Monday, September 10th
A wildfire named the IRON EAST FIRE was started around 2200 hours by lightning that started two fires in the Blewett Pass area. About 32 acres are burning to the east of Forest Service Rd 9714 and eight acres to the west of FS Rd 9714.
Level 2 evacuations were issued for homes about .5 miles north of the fire. Engines were dispatched to the area neighborhoods for structure protection.
A VLAT (very large air tanker), a heavy tanker and helicopters were dropping retardant over the fire line. Water was also being implemented to slow the fire’s forward spread. Dozers were used to improve the overgrown roadways on the eastern side of the fire.
Hand crews drove over one-hour and hiked 1.5 hours to the fire line. Some of the crews would be “spiking out” overnight to lessen their response time. There are about 283 firefighters assigned to this fire with more due to arrive.
All fire suppression gear which include hoses and valves/nozzles etc. will be delivered by helicopter.
Highway 97 has been closed for one week while WSDOT installs culverts.
Hikers and campers have been evacuated near the fire by the Forest Service.
Tuesday’s weather is expected to be cooler with a higher relative humidity and gusty winds. A chance of thunderstorms are expected.
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