[pct-l] More on Stehekin and Mazama fires

Wayne Kraft wayneskraft at comcast.net
Sat Sep 9 23:31:11 CDT 2006

OK, I claim to know no more than what I'm told, but I think we may  
have figured out the source of the confusion here.  Areas around  
Stehekin Landing and Hazard Creek are subject to a level 3 evacuation  
notice .  Level 3 means you should leave right now.  The community of  
Stehekin itself is still at a level 2 evacuation notice.  Level 2  
means be ready to leave at any moment.


On Sep 9, 2006, at 8:58 PM, andrea dinsmore wrote:

> 05:55 PM PDT on Saturday, September 9, 2006
> Associated Press
> STEHEKIN, Wash. -- Fire burning near a remote hamlet in  
> northcentral Washington prompted the Chelan County sheriff's office  
> Saturday to issue an evacuation notice for dozens of homes and  
> businesses in Stehekin Landing and along Lake Chelan.
> The Flick Creek fire was estimated at 6,511 acres. It has been  
> threatening the town of Stehekin at the north end of the lake  
> intermittently since it was accidentally started by a campfire July  
> 26.
> Sheriff Mike Harum issued the "level three" warning, meaning a  
> current and immediate threat exists from the fire and people are  
> advised to leave the area immediately.
> "The Level 3 Evacuation notice along the lakeshore up to the corner  
> of Buehler's Bluff is necessary due to the possibility of rolling  
> rocks and debris from fire in the Purple Creek drainage," the  
> sheriff's office said in a news release.
> About 25 to 30 residences and businesses were affected by  
> Saturday's evacuation notice, fire information officer Mick Mueller  
> said.
> He added that the predominant number of structures were above the  
> landing where boats and float planes drop tourists heading into the  
> wilderness.
> On Friday, the sheriff's office ordered the mandatory evacuation of  
> three vacation homes in the Hazard Creek drainage, about a mile  
> south of Stehekin Landing on the lake's northeastern shore.
> About 40 miles northeast of Entiat, the Tinpan fire in the Glacier  
> Peak Wilderness was holding at about 8,197 acres, or more than 12  
> square miles.
> "It didn't get much fire activity overnight and we're feeling  
> pretty good about it holding," Mueller said.
> About 108 firefighters were assigned to the blaze.
> More than 3,000 firefighters were assigned to the Columbia complex  
> and Tripod complex, the two largest wildfire clusters in the state.
> The lightening-caused Columbia complex near Dayton has burned more  
> than 158 square miles of wheat fields, brush and forest in  
> southeastern Washington and was 55 percent contained.
> The Flick Creek fire, estimated at 6,511 acres, was accidentally  
> started by a campfire July 26.
> In northcentral Washington, firefighters continued to battle the  
> massive Tripod complex about seven miles northwest of Winthrop. One  
> of three wildfires in the Pasayten Wilderness Area, the Tripod  
> complex has burned nearly 267 square miles.
> At its northern flank, the fire was burning about a mile south of  
> the Canadian border. No structures were immediately threatened, and  
> the blaze was 60 percent contained.
> The Tatoosh complex, 18 miles northwest of Mazama, was estimated at  
> 39,470 acres --about 62 square miles -- and extended into Canada.  
> U.S. and Canadian fire managers also were monitoring the Van Peak  
> fire, which was burning between the Tripod and Tatoosh fires about  
> five miles south of the border.
> Residents in Mazama remained on notice to be ready to evacuate if  
> the Cedar Creek fire grows. That blaze, estimated at about two  
> square miles or 1,500 acres southwest of town, was 40 percent  
> contained.
> This report is from KING 5 News, Seattle.
> Andrea Dinsmore
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