UPDATE – Saturday, September 2, 2017
The fire near Stayman Flats along Highway 97A closed a seven mile section of the highway on Thursday, August 31. The fire was quickly and fully contained, but crews were still keeping an eye out for hot spots on Saturday.
Original Report – August 31, 2017
A fast moving brush fire broke out this afternoon along Highway 97A North of Wenatchee and just South of Chelan near Stayman Flats. The blaze was first reported burning along the roadway at 2:53 p.m. Officials say it quickly moved upslope from the highway fueled by erratic winds and tinder dry vegetation.
Crews from Chelan County Fire District 7 (Chelan Fire and Rescue) and Chelan County Fire District 8 (Entiat) responded along with aerial support from Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) with two scooper planes and two helicopters.
There’s no estimated acreage immediately available and no word on possible threat to structures. Scooper planes are using Lake Chelan for water, and officials warn boaters and other recreationists on the lake to stay clear of firefighting aircraft.
Manson Volunteer Fire department posted the following information on its Facebook page.
The 97A fire near Stayman Flats is moving uphill, but south flanks are very active. Fire crews from Chelan County Fire District 8 (Entiat) and Chelan Fire and Rescue are on scene. The fire appears to be about 50 acres and traffic is being diverted over Highway 971 (Navarre Coulee Road).
Anyone needing to travel to Chelan or south from Chelan, please use Highway 97 via Orondo (east side of Columbia River). This is an active fire scene and fire activity may lead to possible closure of Highway 971. Please yield to emergency traffic.
(By Steve Hair, courtesy of ncwlife.com)