Successful Evacuation and Substantial Growth on Wolverine Fire
- Written by Carly Reed, USFS
Lucerne Wash.— Yesterday, several hundred staff at Holden Village and Holden Mine Remediation were successfully evacuated through a combined effort with Holden Village, Rio Tinto, Lake Chelan Boat Company, Chelan County Sherriff’s Office and the US Forest Service. Holden Village is not threatened but a Level 3 evacuation was necessary as Lucerne Landing was in danger which is the evacuation route for the Village. Operations at the Holden Mine Remediation have been temporarily suspended due to fire activity.
The Wolverine fire was very active overnight and into this morning, growing to approximately 4,000 acres. Late afternoon yesterday a spot fire was reported from the air ½ mile south of Lightning Creek along the lakeshore. The spot fire made significant runs up Lightning Creek and is now well established on Lightning Ridge. Helicopters engaged the fire with bucket drops in attempts to slow growth.
At around 8:00pm another spot fire was reported across Railroad Creek which made a run uphill toward Domke Lake, where several structures were lost. The owner of Domke Lake Resort at Domke Lake is safe and all guests had evacuated prior to the to the fires movement. The Entiat Hotshots performed burnout operations above Lucerne to protect structures. Combine spot fires are estimated at 1,200 acres.
The main fire has also moved north across Riddle Creek and down the drainage.
Sunday morning an overhead team will take over Wolverine Fire operations. More resources are on order to continue with suppression efforts and evacuation.
The Pacific Crest Trail Detour is CLOSED heading into Holden Village and out of Stehekin as conditions are rapidly changing on the ground. Northbound hikers will be rerouted out Suiattle River Trail to Suiattle River Road and can shuttle up Highway 20 to Rainy Pass and reconnect with the PCT.
The Detour is CLOSED southbound in Stehekin at the Harlequin Bridge/Stehekin River Road. Southbound hikers will need to backtrack or take the Lady of the Lake into Chelan. Hikers are advised to contact the National Park Service office in Stehekin or the Forest Service office in Chelan for information. Additional trail and area closures are expected in this area due to fire conditions.
There is a Temporary Flight Restriction area established and pilots should avoid the area. Helicopters and fire suppression activities will be taking place along the shoreline from Refrigerator Harbor campground north to Stehekin Landing and boaters are requested to remain well away from the shoreline in the fire area.
Level 3 evacuations are in effect for Holden Village, Lucerne, Riddle and Lightning Creek. Domke Lake, Lucerne and Refrigerator Harbor campgrounds are closed until further notice.
5-day westbound lane closure east of Snoqualmie Pass next week
- Written by Meagan Lott, WSDOT Communications
Drivers should plan for delays
PRICE CREEK – Drivers traveling westbound on Interstate 90, will experience delays due to a major lane closure next week.
The Washington State Department of Transportation and contractor crews will reduce westbound I-90 to a single lane 24 hours a day starting at 9 p.m. Monday, Aug. 3 until 9 a.m. Friday, Aug. 7, seven miles east of Snoqualmie Pass.
The five-day closure will allow crews to finish building detours as part of the next major phase to widen I-90 east of Snoqualmie Pass from four to six lanes and build the first wildlife overcrossing in the project corridor.
WSDOT provides a variety of tools to help plan your trip over Snoqualmie Pass:
- Visit the What’s Happening on I-90 Web page for up-to-date information on construction projects and traffic impacts and to sign up for email updates.
- Snoqualmie Mountain Pass Web page for real-time travel information and to view traffic cameras.
- Check the weekly Construction Updates and Traffic pages for region-wide updates.
- Tune into the Highway Advisory Radio at 1610 AM and 530 AM.
- Follow us on Twitter @snoqualmiepass.
- Call the I-90 construction hotline at 888-535-0738 or 511.
Level 3 Evacuation Notice for Holden Village and Lucerne
- Written by Carly Reed, USFS
Lucerne Wash.-- Warmer and drier weather conditions over the past several days have led to increased fire behavior on the Wolverine Fire, burning 3 miles northwest of Lucerne. The lightning-ignited fire started on June 29th and has rapidly grown to approximately 1526 acres. Fire direction has changed and the perimeter is well established south of Wolverine Creek and is now moving toward Lucerne. Between Wolverine and Riddle Creek drainages the fire and has reached the lakeshore, and within Riddle Creek the fire is actively backing downslope.
The fire has reached management action points put in place by fire staff and Level 3 evacuation notices were served July 30th to Lightning and Riddle Creek cabin owners. A Level 3 evacuation will go in effect Saturday afternoon in Holden Village and Lucerne. Although there is no immediate threat to Holden Village, there is concern that its single road access and evacuation route could be compromised if the fire should continue its momentum to the south. Holden is home to approximately 350 residents and mine remediation workers and their safety is priority.
The Pacific Crest Trail detour will remain open at this time; however there will be no bus transportation to Lucerne Landing and Holden Village is closed to public entry.
High temperatures are expected throughout the weekend which may further increase fire activity. Smoke is visible throughout the Lake Chelan corridor, including downtown and in Stehekin, but all businesses remain open and are welcoming visitors. Boaters and Lady of the Lake passengers will be able to see active fire including individual and group tree torching. Please stay clear of firefighter activity and remain a safe distance away from the shoreline in the vicinity of the fire. Forfurtherinformationon theWolverineFire pleasevisit: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4354/
Blankenship Fire Update: The Blankenship Fire is a small wildfire burning in a remote area of the Glacier Peak Wilderness. The lightning caused fire started on July 14, 2015 and has grown to approximately 100 acres. The lower edge of the fire has reached Agnes Creek and is likely to cross the creek and reach the Pacific Crest Trail within the next few days. For public safety a detour and reroute is in effect and will be closed for the foreseeable future. Hikers should be prepared with an extra days food for the detour. There are no services available in Holden Village including NO bus transportation. For further information ontheBlankenshipFire pleasevisit: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4407/
Fatality Motorcycle Accident in East Wenatchee Under Investigation
- Written by Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal
On 07/30/15 at 12:19 PM RiverCom Dispatch received a call of an injury accident on the Eastmont Extension approximately 500 yards east of Hwy 2/97 near East Wenatchee. Chelan County Deputies, WSP Troopers, and Douglas County Deputies responded to the scene.
The information we have at this time is that a motorcycle driven by 23 year old Brett B. Hendrick of East Wenatchee was E/B on the Eastmont Extension approximately 500 yards East of the intersection with Hwy. 2/97. Witnesses said a W/B pickup truck crossed the double yellow line and hit the motorcycle head on. The driver of the pickup continued on through the intersection where his vehicle had come to a stop due to damage from the accident.
The victim was transported to confluence hospital, but sadly passed away due to the traumatic nature of his injuries. The victim’s next of kin has been notified. WSP collision technicians and DCSO Detectives and Deputies are working cooperatively on the investigation.
The name of the driver of the pickup, who was not injured, will not be released until more facts are known about the collision.
The Eastmont Extension will be closed to traffic for several hours as officials complete their investigation.
All of the agencies working on this case extend deepest condolences to the family of the victim.
Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal
==== UPDATE 7/30/15 3:29 p.m. ====
The driver of the pickup has been arrested by Douglas County Deputies for Hit and Run. He was identified as 78 year old Joseph E. Strutzel of Monitor. The ultimate charging decision will be made by the Douglas County Prosecuting Attorney.
==== UPDATE 7/30/15 5:46 p.m. ====
The Eastmont Extension is now open for normal traffic.
Increased Fire Activity on the Wolverine Fire 7-29-15
- Written by Carly Reed, USFS
- Chelan Ranger District of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
- Chelan County, Washington
- 3 miles NW of Lucerne, Wash.
Start Date: June 29th 2015 Percent Contained: 0%
Size: 580 Growth Potential: Moderate
Cause: Lightning Vegetation: Timber
Notice: Hikers and backpackers; be aware a Pacific Crest Trail closure and detour is in effect due to fire activity. Please check the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest website prior to reaching the Glacier Peak Wilderness or call the Chelan Ranger District (509) 682-4900 for specific information.
Lucerne Wash.-- Warmer and drier weather conditions over the past two days have led to increased fire activity on the Wolverine Fire, burning 3 miles northwest of Lucerne. The lightning-ignited fire started on June 29 and has grown to approximately 580 acres. The fire is moving northwest, backing down toward the lakeshore on the ridge between Wolverine and Riddle Creek drainages. There is also fire movement toward the north into Riddle Creek. The fire is burning in extremely steep and rocky terrain that is unsafe for direct attack by firefighters .
Additionally, use of air resources, such as helicopters to drop water on the fire, is tactically inefficient in this steep and rocky terrain. Fire managers continue to monitor the fire and have developed management action points when the use of additional resources may prove successful.
One of the management action points includes structure protection on cabins at the mouth of Riddle Creek. Because the Wolverine fire is progressing down toward the lakeshore, on Thursday fire crews will initiate structure protection on cabins in Riddle Creek on National Park Service land. Work will include wrapping cabins in fireproof material and turning on pumps and sprinkler systems already in place around the cabins.
There is no threat to Lucerne or Holden Village at this time. Holden Village remains on a Level one evacuation notice.
Temperatures are expected to increase throughout the weekend, which may further increase fire activity. Smoke is visible but light throughout the Lake Chelan corridor, including downtown and in Stehekin, but all businesses remain open and are welcoming visitors. Boaters and Lady of the Lake passengers will be able to see the fire and occasional tree torching from the lake. Please stay clear of firefighter activity and remain a safe distance away from the shoreline in the vicinity of the fire.
Wolverine Fire July 29, 2015 Arial Recon. Flight