(This information also available at http://inciweb.org/incident/article/3258/17423/)
WENATCHEE COMPLEX FIRE EVACUATIONS UPDATE
September 16, 2012 – 1100 hrs
As of 10:00 am today, homes in the Castle Heights area, including those on Kings Court Road, Castle Heights Drive, a portion of Linville Drive and Queens Court Road that were at Evacuation Level 3 have been reduced to Evacuation Level 2 due to successful burnout operations completed between Number One and Number Two Canyons over the last several days. Number Two Canyon road west of Castle Heights Drive and Stiss Canyon Road will continue to be on Evacuation Level 3. The roadblock is now located just west of Castle Heights Drive.
POISON CANYON FIRE
Due to fire activity at the bottom of Tripp Canyon, the Evacuation Level of Mission Creek Road from the intersection with Tripp Canyon Road up to the Tree Farm will be increased from Level 2 to Level 3, affecting approximately 18 homes. Chelan County Sheriff’s Deputies are in the process of notifying residents of this change. To provide an adequate turnaround, the road block on Mission Creek Road is at the Coates Road junction north of the closed area. The area between the road block and Tripp Canyon is NOT under an evacuation order at this time. Only property owners will be allowed beyond the barricade.
BYRD CANYON FIRE
The Evacuation Level of homes in Johnson Creek Road off of the Navarre Coulee Road has been reduced from a Level 3 to a Level 2. Firefighters have made significant progress containing the Byrd Canyon Fire, though residents still need to be vigilant in case fire activity should unexpectedly increase in the area.
Evacuation Levels 1, 2, and 3 are akin to a “Ready, Set, Go” level of preparedness with Level 1 asking residents to be ready to evacuate if conditions change, Level 2 meaning residents should be set to go at a moment’s notice, Level 3 meaning authorities are advising residents to evacuate because their homes are in imminent danger.
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Inquiries regarding fire information and evacuation levels should be directed to the Wenatchee Complex Fire Information Section at 509-662-4438 or 509-662-4694.