More than 2,000 firefighters still working on NCW fires


For the first time in more than a month, there are no fire evacuation orders in Okanogan County.

The last of the evacuations were lifted on Sunday for the Upper Falls and Little Bridge Creek fires in the Methow Valley.

Though most of the region’s fires are still burning and putting up smoke, none are considered likely to grow.

Here are a few developments:

More than 2,000 firefighters and a fleet of helicopters remain in North Central Washington to mop up hundreds of square miles of burned areas and repair miles of fire containment lines.

Helicopters dumped water on the Hansel Fire in the Blewett Pass corridor when it flared up on Sunday.

National incident management teams are still overseeing fire complexes in Chelan and Okanogan counties.

Level 1 evacuation advisories remain in place for the Hansel, Duncan and Chiwaukum fires

A fire camp near the Entiat National Fish Hatchery will disband on Tuesday.

The 4th of July and Icicle Ridge trails in the Icicle Valley southwest of Leavenworth reopened over the weekend.

Parts of Finley Canyon Road and Pole Pick Mountain Road in the Methow Valley are closed due to debris slides from last week’s rain.

 

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