On 7/27/13 at 8:00am a small brush fire started in the 7100 block of Colockum Road, Malaga. By 11:00am the wind driven fire went to a third alarm and had reached in excess of 1000 acres at which time Sheriff Brian Burnett requested emergency declaration from the County Commissioners, which they granted. The Sheriff’s Office immediately began level 3 evacuations on Colockum Road, Tarpisican Road, and Kingsbury Road. Approximately 60 residents were notified of the fire and their evacuation level. Wenatchee Valley Humane Society assisted with the evacuation of pets and livestock from multiple locations. During the initial stages of the fire two structures were lost, one of which was an unoccupied double wide trailer. As of 3:00pm the fire was estimated to be over 2000 acres and growing. Statewide mobilization of out of area fire resources has been approved and are en route to include a type 3 Incident Command Team.
As of 10:30 p.m., State Resource Fire Crews are arriving at the Fire and directed out onto the fire lines.
Two minor injuries have been reported to fire fighters on the fire.
There has been significant fire activity this evening due to down canyon winds. This has resulted in possible other structures being lost. This has not yet been confirmed.
There is no known cause to the fire start at this time.