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Navarre Fire Continues to Grow 7/9/2012

The Navarre Fire grew to approximately 650 acres spreading to the north and south due to hot dry weather conditions.  Current firefighting resources include more than 150 personnel from state, county, and federal agencies plus contract fire crews, fire engines, bulldozers, and helicopters; more resources arrived Sunday.  The fire is 70 percent contained and no structures have burned. 


The fire was active until about 3 a.m. Sunday morning.  Seven structure protection engines were located at various locations until 2 a.m., and four fire engines patrolled Navarre Coulee and Johnson Creek roads overnight.


Sunday, firefighters worked at constructing and reinforcing firelines on the south and southwest flanks of the fire where burnout occurred on Saturday and continuing mop-up operations on other flanks.  Hot weather, steep terrain, rolling rocks and other rolling debris are major concerns for firefighter safety.  So far, two firefighters have received minor injuries due to rolling rocks and another firefighter experienced a heat-related health issue; all of these individuals have returned to the fireline.


Weather conditions continue to be hot and dry with predictions for temperatures to reach triple digits this afternoon.


Motorists traveling on US Highway 97A need to be aware as aircraft dip water from the Columbia River.  Please do not park along the highway or impede firefighting apparatus working in the area.


Restrictions on boat access near the helicopter dipping site on the Columbia River remain in effect.


Working collaboratively with the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office the Current Evacuation Information is:

  • The Level 3 evacuation order has been lifted.
  • Fifteen other residences and cabins in the Johnson Creek area are under a Level 2 evacuation order, which means that residents must be prepared to leave at a moment's notice.
  • Eighteen other residences along Navarre Coulee Road have been warned that a fire is in the area and should monitor local media outlets for information.


A Type 3 Incident Management Team, led by Incident Commander Tony Gilmer, is directing firefighting efforts from an incident base camp located at the Chelan School District administration community gym in unified command with jurisdictions of Chelan Fire District No. 8, US Forest Service and Washington State Department of Natural Resources.  Incident management personnel want to thank the public for their continued cooperation and patience during ongoing suppression efforts. 



DNR also participates in Washington's coordinated interagency approach to firefighting.