FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, July 9, 2012 9:30 AM
Fire Information: 360-789-1432
For updates check the InciWeb fire information website at http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2994/ Navarre Fire
The Navarre Fire is now estimated to be 775 acres and 80 percent contained. The evacuation level for homes along Navarre Coulee Road has been downgraded to Level 1. Although there was some fire activity in response to the thunderstorm within the perimeter of the fire overnight, it remained within firelines.
Today, fire crews will continue to construct fireline, improve and strengthen existing firelines, and mop-up where possible. The fire is expected to continue backing downhill towards the control line. Pockets of unburned fuels will continue to be consumed in the interior of the fire.
Hot weather, steep terrain, rolling rocks and other rolling debris are major concerns for firefighter safety.
There is a Red Flag warning in effect today due to predicted high temperatures and low relative humidities.
Restrictions on boat access near the helicopter dipping site on the Columbia River remain in effect. Chelan Butte Fire
Due to an overnight thunderstorm, a second fire has started and is currently being supported by the Navarre Fire Incident Management Team. The Chelan Butte Fire is estimated at 107 acres and is burning on the east side of Chelan Butte. The land is a mix of ownerships including private, Washington State Fish and Wildlife, and the Bureau of Land Management. Two 20-person hand crews, five engines, a dozer, helicopters and minimal overhead are being shared from the Navarre Fire to provide assistance to Chelan Fire and Rescue District Number 7. The cause is determined to be lightning. The fire is burning in steep terrain in shrub steppe fuels.
A Level 2 evacuation notice is in effect for the Chelan Butte paragliding area. This means users of that are need to be ready to leave at a moment’s notice. DNR’s wildfire mission
Administered by Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark, DNR is responsible for preventing and fighting wildfires on 12.7 million acres of private, state and tribal-owned forestlands. DNR is the state's largest on-call fire department, with over 1,000 employees trained and available to be dispatched to fires as needed. During fire season, this includes over 700 DNR employees who have other permanent jobs with the agency and about 375 seasonal workers. Additionally, Department of Corrections adult offenders and Department of Social and Health Services-Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration juvenile offenders participate in the DNR correctional camps program. DNR also participates in Washington's coordinated interagency approach to firefighting.
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