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Chiwaukum Creek Fire Burns West of Leavenworth, Washington

Chiwaukum Creek Fire

The Chiwaukum Creek fire burned aggressively Wednesday and by late afternoon had led to US 2 being closed between Leavenworth and Coles Corner. This closure was later moved further west to the summit of Stevens Pass.

The terrain is thick forest which gives the fire plenty of fuel.

Firefighting personnel was stationed earlier in the day at the Nason Creek Rest Area. Later they would begin to gather at the Lake Wenatchee State Airport.

Mills Canyon Fire in North Central Washington – More Photos

The Mills Canyon Fire continues to burn in the Entiat Valley between Wenatchee and Chelan. It continued east, crested the hill above the highway, and forced the closure of US 97A.

More photos from the Mills Canyon Fire:

Mills Canyon Fire Smolders in Entiat Valley
Mills Canyon Fire Smolders in Entiat Valley

Mills Canyon Fire - Osprey Nest

Mills Canyon Fire - Flames

Mills Canyon Fire - Burns Above Orchard

Mills Canyon Fire - Helicopter Collage

Check out our prior Mills Canyon Fire post.

Mills Canyon Fire Burns in the Entiat Valley

The Mills Canyon Fire began Tuesday around the middle of the day and quickly became a major fire that was sure to dominate the news in the region for awhile.  Not too long after it began, its plume of white smoke could easily be seen against the blue sky for miles around.

Mills Canyon Fire from East Wenatchee
Mills Canyon Fire from East Wenatchee

Mills Canyon Road, the turn off to Mills Canyon from Entiat River Road, sits just over three miles up the valley from Entiat, the Columbia River, and Highway 97A. The road is popular with those looking to get out in wilderness but still stay close to home as it is relatively close to Wenatchee, Chelan, and of course Entiat.

The fire grew over the course of the afternoon and after first burning in a south and south west direction, turned and headed east, back in the direction of the Columbia River.

Mills Canyon Fire Heats Up - 7/8/2014
Mills Canyon Fire Heats Up – 7/8/2014

Photos Of Mud Slide On 97A Between Wenatchee And Chelan

Early Wednesday morning, water build up from an earlier summer rainstorm came rushing down a small canyon just south of Entiat. It pushed mud, rocks, trees, and other debris out over the highway, across the railroad tracks, and out into the Columbia River. The highway remained closed the entire day and still no opening is planned as the Department of Transportation will be reassessing it in the morning.

Mud Slide Covers Highway 97A - Click to Enlarge

There were other mud slides further north on 97A, but those were cleaned up rather quickly and though the highway remained closed from Chelan south, local traffic was allowed through down as far as Entiat.

More photos from the mud slide on 97A just north of Turtle Rock Estates:

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These photos courtesy of the Washington State Dept. of Transportation

See photos of the town of Entiat.

Friday Morning – Snoqualmie Pass Closed

It’s April 2nd and it is snowing in many parts of North Central Washington.

For the most part, 2009/10 has been fairly mild in the winter department. The roads, even in the passes, have been well taken care of and available to drive pretty much without fail.

That all stops now that it’s April, I guess. This morning Snoqualmie Pass was closed due to multiple spun out cars. Blewett Pass was at Traction Tires Advised as of this posting and Stevens Pass had just gone to Traction Tires Required with no tire tracks visible.


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