The Canyons Fire, burning just west of Wenatchee, officially remains at 500 acres in size. Only one out-building (a shed) has been damaged and nobody has been injured in this lightning caused fire that started Saturday night.
Approximately 160 firefighters from local agencies and around the state are fighting this fire where structure protection remains a key fire management objective. Some 20 local law enforcement personnel are staffing roadblocks and giving residents evacuation notices.
Homes along Number One Canyon Road west of Sage Hills Drive and homes fronting wildlands from Westview Drive to Sage Hills Drive remain on a Level Three Evacuation Notice. Law enforcement and fire managers are assessing whether to drop homes within the interior of this latter area between Westview Drive and Sage Hills Drive that do not front wildlands to a Level 1 Evacuation status.
Red Flag Warning conditions remain in effect with dry fuel conditions, low relative humidity, and wind gusts of up to 36 MPH forecast for the Wenatchee area. Fire managers are focusing on the potential spread of the fire northeast towards the Broadview Subdivision, which consists of several dozen homes on the Northwest end of Wenatchee. Because of this homes within this subdivision that front wildlands are being notified they are under a Level 2 Evacuation Status. Homes within the interior of this subdivision are on a Level 1 Evacuation Status.
To clarify, The Level 1, 2 and 3 Evacuation Status’s are akin to a “Ready, Set, Go” level of evacuation notices with Level 1 asking residents be ready to evacuate if conditions change, Level 2 meaning residents should be set to go at a moment’s notice, and Level 3 meaning authorities are advising residents to evacuate because their homes are in imminent danger. A Red Cross shelter remains open at the Seventh Day Adventist Church located at 5th and Western in Wenatchee.
An information line has been set up for the public and media to get further information concerning the Canyons Fire. It is 509-667-6636. Public Information Officers include Susan Peterson with the US Forest Service and John Kruse with the Wenatchee Police Department.