wsdot logoVANTAGE – Drivers traveling on eastbound Interstate 90 near the Vantage Bridge will experience major delays and back-ups this weekend due to increased traffic.

The Washington State Department of Transportation and contractor crews are repainting the Vantage Bridge across the Columbia River. A single lane closure for eastbound drivers is in effect 24 hours a day, 7 days a week until the end of summer. Both westbound lanes are open.

Due to the Fourth of July holiday, drivers will see major delays eastbound starting Thursday, July 2 through Sunday, July 5. Drivers should plan for an hour or more of added travel time or find alternate routes around the Vantage Bridge.

For information regarding delays near the Vantage Bridge follow us on Twitter @wsdot_east, tune into the Highway Advisory Radio at 1610 AM or 530 AM or check the Travel Alerts Web page.

sheriffsmChelan County Sheriff Brian Burnett reports on a recent meeting and action item which was unanimously approved by the Chelan County Commissioners June 30, 2015. Pursuant to Chelan County Code 7.52.010 and upon the recommendation of the Sheriff, the NCW Fire Chief’s Association and declaration of the Governor of the State of Washington that Chelan County is a drought County and based on the recent fire event, given moisture content of fuels in the County, the Commission declares Chelan County a hazardous fire area. This action taken by the Chelan Commissioners creates restrictions to the unincorporated areas of Chelan County, specifically to Fireworks and Open burning.

Chelan County Code 7.52.030 further describes specific provisions of this chapter which apply to all areas designated as high fire danger on which area activity restrictions have been placed: (Emphasis added)

1(A)   Fireworks Prohibited. No person shall use fireworks in a high fire danger area. (Now designated as all unincorporated areas of Chelan County)

(B)   Open Flame Devices. No person shall operate or use any device liable to start or cause fire in or upon any high fire danger area, except by the authority of a written permit from the appropriate fire protection agency; provided, however, that no permit will be required if such use is within a habited premises or area directly related thereto.

2        Motorized Vehicles. No person shall operate any motorized vehicles off the roadway in a designated high fire danger area.

3        Outdoor Fires. No person shall build, ignite, or maintain any outdoor fire of any kind or character, or for any purpose whatsoever, in or upon any high fire danger area, except by the authority of a written permit from the appropriate fire protection agency. No permit will be required for outdoor fires within habited premises or designated campsites where such fires may be built in a permanent barbecue, portable barbecue, outdoor fireplace, incinerator, or grill. Such a permit shall incorporate such terms and conditions which will reasonably safeguard public safety and property. Regardless of permit, however, no person shall build, ignite or maintain any outdoor fire in or upon a high fire danger area under the following conditions:

(A)     When conditions contribute to the spread of fire;

(B)     When there is no person present at all times to watch and capable of tending such fire;

(C)     Such times as public announcement is made that there shall be no open burning; and

(D)     No person shall use any permanent barbecue, portable barbecue, outdoor fireplace, incinerator or grill for the disposal of rubbish, trash or combustible material.

7.52.060 indicates, “Anyone violating the provisions of this chapter shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars and/or ninety days in jail.”

Further information regarding Fire Hazard Areas can be found under Chelan County Code Title 7, Chapter 52, by using the following link:

If you live outside of a specific Fire District and have further questions, please contact the Fire Marshall.

If you live inside a specific Fire District and have further questions, please contact your local Fire District.

pudPUD set to repair transmission structures in the Sage Hills area early tomorrow

WENATCHEE, June 29, 2015 -  The reduced flare-ups in the Sleepy Hollow fire zone allowed Chelan PUD crews to make repairs to three distribution poles located on Horselake Road. Crews worked through the day. Once repairs were made, they were sent home to get some rest and to be ready to start again at 6:00 am on Tuesday to repair three transmission structures in the Sage Hills area. Other PUD crews will return to routine assignments if fire conditions remain stable.

Earlier today some concern was expressed on social media about whether or not PUD water sources were safe to drink. PUD Water Services Manager Ron Slabaugh says that the PUD  was able to turn to its back-up wells and adequately recharge the reservoirs in north and west Wenatchee to ensure the integrity of the water system. “Our water system is designed for adequately responding to emergency situations,” added Slabaugh. “We plan for being able to meet demands like this on the water system and to be able to support our fire agencies.”

The objectives for the Incident Command team are

-          Maintain public and responder safety around our electric services

-          Support water services

-          Restore infrastructure in a timely and cost effective manner

All PUD operations are expected to return to normal tomorrow, Tuesday, June 30, with the Wenatchee Headquarters and Hawley Street facilities reopening at 8:00 am

sheriffsmThe Chelan County Sheriff’s Office, with assistance from the Snohomish County Air Support Unit rescued an injured climber from the 8,100 foot level of Seven Fingered Jack Mountain in northwest Chelan County on Saturday afternoon. David Kieninger (39 years of age) from Wenatchee, WA was injured when he fell approximately 500 feet during a climb.

The initial 911 cell phone call was received from another climber in the party at 11:05am by RIVERCOM dispatch. The subject advised Kieninger had suffered a head injury, hip injury, possible broken arm, and other injuries in the fall. The climbing party was on the southwest aspect of the mountain about 1,000 below the summit when the accident occurred.

Search and Rescue Coordinators immediately requested a hoist capable helicopter from the State Emergency Management Division to assist with the rescue due to Kieninger’s location and condition. Chelan County Mountain Rescue personnel were put on standby to assist if a helicopter was not available.

The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office air support unit “SnowHawk10” crew responded and was able to successfully hoist Kieninger from the mountain by 2:20pm. He was flown directly to Pangborn Airport in East Wenatchee and transported by ambulance to Central Washington Hospital. He is in serious but stable condition.

summernightsThe Lineup for the Manson Summer Nights Concert Series has been updated.

The LineUp 2015
6/21 Stacy Jones Band—Blues
With Kevin Jones Band
6/28 Van Eps—Rock
With Nate Weakley
7/5 Zach Hinson—Country
With Brogan Kelly
7/12 Jason Spooner—Singer/Songwriter & Folk Rock
With Jim Basnight
7/19 Daniel Kirkpatrick & The Bayonets—Indie Rock & Blues
With Brittany Jean
7/26 Nick Foster Band—Indie Folk Rock
With Oliva De la Cruz
8/2 Hoyer Brothers—Soul/Blues
With Loose Change
8/9 Down North—Funk
With BOB-808
8/16 Aaron Crawford—Americana/Country
With Eden Moody
8/23 Blake Noble—World Rock
With The Wicks
9/6/15 Summer Night BASH!
Festival Bands TBD—Hoping to include Rust On The Rails!

Beautiful Lake Chelan— See you there!!!