FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Navarre Fire Update
Monday, July 9, 2012 5:00 AM
Fire Information: 509-664-9292 or 360-789-1432
For updates check the InciWeb fire information website at http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2994/
Due to an overnight thunderstorm, a second fire has started and is currently being managed by the Navarre Fire Incident Management Team. The Chelan Butte Fire is estimated at 50 – 100 acres 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, and minimal overhead are being moved 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.
The Navarre Fire stayed within the containment lines overnight.
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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