Fatality Crash in Chelan County

CHELAN COUNTY, Wash. – A two-car MVA was reported as blocking lanes on northbound US 97 at milepost 169 by the Washington State Patrol on Saturday afternoon, November 6, 2021.

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It is located about five miles north of Blewett Pass Summit around 1621 hours on Saturday afternoon.

The crash was said to have caused serious injuries and Fire Officials were treating the occupant(s).

Shortly, thereafter WSP PIO Trooper John Bryant states unfortunately and sadly, it was now being deemed a fatality collision scene.

The Washington State DOT has personnel en route to the scene for traffic control. This roadway may be fully closed at times during their Accident Team’s investigation.

It is highly recommended that you make other plans and AVOID THIS AREA altogether.

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Lowell Fire | Manson, WA | New

NEW! — JULLY 30, 2021

A new wildfire has been detected in Chelan County, Washington, and fire assets and resources have been dispatched to the Manson area at 1928 hours PT.

Resources include CHELAN 25, E 4103, E4104, and E4106.

About .25 acres of grass, brush and timber have been scorched.

The Incident Command is Desalvo, as of 2042 hours on this Friday night.

Limited information with local Fire and Police Agencies. We will provide an update as info is received.

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WA | Mission Creek Fire | New!

1845 PT | SUNDAY | JUNE 20, 2021

SUMMARY — The MISSION CREEK FIRE is burning in the Mission Creek area, just outside of Cashmere (Chelan County), Washington, which was sparked from an unknown cause on Sunday, June 30th.

RESOURCES — WA DNR resources were dispatched on Sunday at 1546 hours PT via the Central Washington Communications Center. Those included BATT-71 CHELAN-25 CHELAN-27 CREW-33 CREW-52 E-4101 E-4104 E-4107 E-4204 E-6695 E-6696.

SIZE UP — Media reporting the fire burning at 25 acres in unknown fire fuels.

EVACUATIONS IN EFFECT

>> Yaksum Canyon road from the 3900 block all the way to the top.

>> Mission Creek Road from the 2800 block to Sand Creek One

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WA | Boundary Ridge Fire | Final

UPDATE 2 (FINAL) | MAY 31, 2021 | 1010 HOURS PT

CHELAN COUNTY, WASHINGTON STATE — A wildfire named the BOUNDARY RIDGE FIRE is burning off of NF 500 and southeast of Wedge Mountain.

CREW-74, E-4104 and E-4105 were dispatched via the Central Washington Comm Center on Sunday, May 30th at 1441 hours PT.

There has been 0.1 acres of grass, shrub and timber burned.

IC Gonzalez (E4015) is the Incident Commander.

Fire contained on May 30th at 1951 hours PT and controlled at 2030 hours.

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WA | Boundary Ridge Fire | 1

CHELAN COUNTY, WASHINGTON STATE — A wildfire named the BOUNDARY RIDGE FIRE is burning off of NF 500 and southeast of Wedge Mountain.

CREW-74, E-4104 and E-4105 were dispatched via the Central Washington Comm Center on Sunday, May 30th at 1441 hours PT.

There has been 0.5 acres of grass, shrub and timber burned.

IC Gonzalez (E4015) is the Incident Commander.

It is unknown what sparked this blaze.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog – Updated 5/30/2021 1710 PT

Leavenworth Bomb Threat False

LEAVENWORTH, Washington State

On December 29, 2020, the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office/9-1-1 Center “RiverCom” received an anonymous bomb threat from an unknown male caller who stated there was an explosive device in a garbage can in the 800 block of Front Street.

Chelan County deputies arrived quickly on-scene with mutual from the Washington State Patrol Troopers to help clear the area and evacuate all residents/businesses in the downtown corridor of the City. Leavenworth’s local hospital also went into lockdown, while others outside of the area were under a shelter-in-place order.

US 2 at MP 99.9: Leavenworth

While evacuations were in motion, several bomb squads were en route from the Moses Lake area and from the west side. After the bomb squads arrived on-scene, they worked methodically to check all areas before calling an all clear. The WSP Bomb Squad was said to have found nothing and turned the area back over to the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office around 0200 hours PT on Thursday morning.

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Credit: USDA Rural Development WA

Traffic was diverted around US Highway due to roadblocks manned by WSP Troopers. All closures and shelter-in-place orders have been lifted. As you can see from the photo above, everything has returned back to normal operations.

There are currently no suspect(s) identified at the time of this post.

This an active and ongoing investigation.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog- Update 2 12/30/2020 1315 PT | Update 1 12/29/2020 2355 Hours PT

Bomb Threat in Washington State

LEAVENWORTH, Washington State

Chelan County Sheriff’s Office contacted the City of Leavenworth about a bomb threat in the downtown area in a garbage can in the 800 block of Front Street.

US 2 at MP 99.9: Leavenworth

All County and City officials are taking this phone threat seriously and are working to track down the caller. Bomb squads are en route or on-scene from Moses Lake and from the west side. The Command Center will be either at the High School or at Chelan County Fire District #3.

There are currently seven Chelan County Deputies and three or more WSP Troopers on-scene. More will soon pouring into area. If you are on the roadway, please pull to the right for emergency vehicles (it is the law).

The downtown corridor was evacuated and all others are strongly encouraged to shelter-in-place. Do not leave your homes/businesses and seek out the police activity in the area. There are roadblocks keeping people out of the area.

Credit | City of Leavenworth

Traffic Alert | “On US 2 in between milepost 99 and 101 (Leavenworth), road closure for police activity. Travelers should utilize East Leavenworth Rd. for east-west travel through the area. There is no current estimated time for reopening. From milepost 99 to milepost 101. There is an unknown ETA for reopening.” – WSDOT. Original update 2053 PT.

Traffic Alert | “SR2 closed between ICICLE RD (MP99) and EAST LEAVENWORTH RD (MP100-5). WSP units at the closure points.” – WSP Trooper John Bryant, PIO.

Shelter-In-Place | Cascade Medical Center and all those on the outside of downtown Leavenworth.

ABOUT LEAVENWORTH, WASHINGTON STATE

Leavenworth has an area of 1.25 square miles which was created in the 1960s with its Tudor style architecture, Bavarian Village type outdoor shops, restaurants, and hotel. Today, the destination is home to just over 1,900 residents with about 24.4% of have German ancestry but thousands visit and play here all year-round.

To learn more about this great little destination, you can visit the Leavenworth, Washington Chamber of Commerce Home | Leavenworth Washington.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog- Updated 12/29/2020 2355 Hours PT

WA WILDFIRES | 4 | JUNE 28 2017

WASHINGTON STATE |  2 New wildfires popped up overnight with the South Wenas Fire (Yakima County) and the Straight Hollow Fire (Spokane County).  Here is your Fire News for Wednesday, June 28, 2017.

YAKIMA COUNTY

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South Wenas Fire (Courtesy: Yakima Co OEM)

South Wenas Fire NEW!

Incident Summary:  A wildfire has broken out on S Wenas Road in Selah, Washington.  Due to dry and hot conditions, the fire has scorched 400 acres.  State Mobe has been approved and is/has been deployed to the area.

Evacuations (as of 6/27/17 @ 2340):  Selah residents in the vicinity of Collins road have been given evacuation notice due to the fire growing to 500+ acres. The fire was close to being contained but high winds helped it to strengthen and grow.

Shelter:  The Red Cross has set up shelter at the Selah Civic Center and it will be open by midnight.

SPOKANE COUNTY

Straight Hollow  NEW!

Size/Containment:  5,000 acres. 10% contained.

Location:  Spokane District, BLM. Fourteen miles northwest of Quincy, WA.

Resources: 2 personnel.  2 helicopters. BLM.

Fire Fuels/Conditions:  Short grass and brush. Extreme fire behavior.

CTD:  $200,000.

CHELAN COUNTY

Spartan Fire

Incident Summary: A report of 3 separate grass fires started burning near the Alcoa/Malaga area 5 miles SE of Wenatchee later merged into one wildfire now called the Spartan Fire (renamed from the Alcoa Fire).

Resources:  There are 160 personnel deployed on this fire.  State Mobe has been approved on Wednesday, June 28, 2017.

Incident Cooperators:  BLM, Chelan County OEM, Chelan County Fire District 6, Chelan County Sheriff, WA DNR and US Forest Service.

Size/Fuels:  About 4,500 acres of grass and brushy fire fuels have been consumed.  Fire crews have been able to gain a 10% containment status.

Social Media:  #SpartanFire #WAwildfire

DOUGLAS COUNTY

Southern Canyon Fire

Incident Summary:  The Southern Canyon Fire formerly known as the Southern Fire is now incorporating 5 fires, that were also reported in the Palisades area 8 miles South of Wenatchee in Douglas County.  It is now being called the Sutherland Canyon Fires.

Size/Fuels:  There have been 3,000 acres of grass and brushy fire fuels with a 10% containment status.

Resources:  There are 75 personnel assigned.  A Type 3 IMT assumed command at 1000 hours on June 27, 2017.  State Mobe has been approved and will be starting to receive incoming fresh crews.

 

 

 

 

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog

 

WA WILDFIRES | 3 | JUNE 27 2017

LIGHTNING SPARKED WILDFIRES IN WASHINGTON STATE

CHELAN COUNTY

 

Incident Summary: A report of 3 separate grass fires started burning near the Alcoa/Malaga area 5 miles SE of Wenatchee later merged into one wildfire now called the Spartan Fire (renamed from the Alcoa Fire).

Spartan Fire

Resources:  There are 160 personnel deployed on this fire.

Incident Cooperators:  BLM, Chelan County OEM, Chelan County Fire District 6, Chelan County Sheriff, WA DNR and US Forest Service.

There is a strong possibility that there may be another IMT being placed on the other side of the river or it may bump up the fire incident to a Complex (where there are multiple wildfires being managed by a single Incident Command)

170626 Spartan Fire

Photo Credit: Holly Krake, USFS

Size/Fuels:  About 4,500 acres of grass and brushy fire fuels have been consumed.  Fire crews have been able to gain a 10% containment status.

Fire Managers:  “Overnight hand crews and dozers successfully held the fire to the north of Colockum Road and west of Alcoa Highway. The most active fire spread was reported to the Southwest.

On Tuesday, June 27, 2017 with the return of dry, windy conditions, firefighters and multiple air resources will continue to build fireline and engage the fire when it is safe to do so. Firefighters will use existing roads, dozer lines, water drops and natural features wherever possible to limit future fire spread in this area.” – Unified Command

Evacuations:   Level 2 evacuation levels remain in place for the Spartan Fire along Colockum Road, Kingsbury Road, Moses Carr Road, Ingersoll Road, and Tarpiscan Road.

Level 2 means to be ready to leave in an instant. There are approximately 80 structures threatened in this area. Level 1 evacuations are in place for the Sutherland Canyon Fire from the Columbia River to milepost 10 along the Palisade Road corridor.

There are approximately 24 structures threatened. There have been no reported loss or damages to structures on either fire.

Social Media:  #SpartanFire #WAwildfire

DOUGLAS COUNTY

Southern Canyon Fire

Incident Summary:  The Southern Canyon Fire formerly known as the Southern Fire is now incorporating 5 fires, that were also reported in the Palisades area 8 miles South of Wenatchee in Douglas County.  It is now being called the Sutherland Canyon Fires.

Size/Fuels:  There have been 3,000 acres of grass and brushy fire fuels with a 10% containment status.

Resources:  There are 75 personnel assigned.  A Type 3 IMT assumed command at 1000 hours on June 27, 2017.

Fire Managers:   “Crews actively worked to construct fire containment lines overnight on five separate smaller fires collectively called the Sutherland Canyon Fire. Today firefighters will continue to assess opportunities to safely engage with the fires as they move through steep, rugged terrain.” – Unified Command

Other Non-Reported Wildfires from Monday, June 26, 2017

Kingsbury: 30 acres.

Francis Canyon:  300 acres.

Wood:  60 acres.

Straight Hollow  1,400 acres.

Press Release

The department has issued an emergency order that imposes restrictions beginning June 30 on agency lands east of the Cascades. The new rule prohibits:

  • Fires or campfires, including those in fire rings, although personal camp stoves and lanterns fueled by propane, liquid petroleum or liquid petroleum gas are allowed.
  • Smoking, except in an enclosed vehicle.
  • Welding and the use of chainsaws. Operating a torch with an open flame and all equipment powered by an internal combustion engine is prohibited.
  • Operating a motor vehicle away from developed roads. Parking is permitted within designated parking areas, including developed campgrounds and trailheads; and in areas without vegetation that are within 10 feet of roadways.

Fireworks are prohibited year-round at all 33 WDFW wildlife areas and 700-plus water access sites around the state. Throwing a lit cigarette or any other burning material from a motor vehicle on a state highway also is prohibited year-round.

WDFW owns and manages over 700,000 acres in eastern Washington. The restrictions in these areas will remain in effect until conditions improve and the risk of wildfires decreases, Wilkerson said. Any changes will be posted on the department’s website: http://wdfw.wa.gov.” – “Cynthia Wilkerson, WDFW Lands Division Manager.

 

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