Smokey conditions are expected throughout the Wenatchee valley and communities surrounding the fires. A weak cold front will move through the area changing wind directions from south southwest to west. The inversion trapping the smoke should lift around 1 pm today, however the mixing height to dissipate the smoke is between 2000-2500 feet.
Canyon Fire, directly west of Wenatchee, is burning in shrub and grass and is approximately 7,900 acres. Today firefighters will continue to clear around homes and hold current lines in Number 2 Canyon. Crews are working to connect Number 1 and 2 Canyons which will allow for a burnout to reduce fuels between homes and the fire. This is expected around the Gun Club and to the north. The objective is to protect life and provide structure protection. Chelan County Sheriff’s Department will assess and adjust evacuation levels as deemed appropriate. Up to date changes can be heard on local media in Wenatchee or by checking www.inciweb.org/incident/3258.
Byrd Canyon Fire, approximately 13,300 acres, just north of Entiat Washington, is burning in grass and shrub. The burnout is complete and crews will start to mop up. Resources will be shifted to First Creek as needed. This fire is considered 35% contained. The Pevine Canyon Fire, southwest of Wenatchee in upper Mission Creek/Devils Gulch, is burning in shrub and pine and is approximately 4,000 acres. Crews will scout and then prepare control lines in the Liberty Beehive area. Firefighters will be reinforcing lines and burning out where necessary to keep fire out of Pitcher Canyon. The Poison Canyon Fire, due south of Cashmere, is burning in shrub and pine. It is approximately 2,100 acres. Today, crews will work to keep the fire out of Brisky, Brender and Tripp Canyons to the north and west of the current fire perimeter. Structure protection remains in place. The First Creek Fire, 10 miles west of Lake Chelan, is approximately 500 acres. It is burning in very difficult and steep terrain. The Del Rosa and Entiat Hotshot crews will be working in this area. Crews will scout and construct control lines while looking for contingency lines. A Level 3 evacuation was issued yesterday for First Creek and Granite Creek. Crews are implementing structure protection. The Pyramid Fire, due north of Entiat is approximately 10 acres. This fire is burning in timber that was impacted severely by disease and insects. This fire is currently not staffed and is being monitored.