September Update - Leavenworth Forest Fire September 14, 2014
The Tumwater Fire in Leavenworth is currently burning in steep terrain at the edge of town above the Heidleburger Restaurant and above Marson Drive, west of Ski Hill Road. There are a few helicopters with water buckets working the fire as well as hand crews. Marson Drive is on a level 1 evacuation notice, but no structures are directly threatened at this time. Tumwater Fire Update Release Date: Sep 16, 2014 Tuesday, September 16, 2014 – 9 a.m.
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Many of our readers have been concerned about the Chiwaukum Creek fire near Tumwater campground and have been looking for a 2014 Leavenworth forest fire update. The fire started as a result of a lightning storm than hit the area on Monday, July 14th and then the fire really took off on Tuesday with warmer temperatures. Some spot fires across the Wenatchee River and highway 2 prompted Level 3 evacuations for River Road and the Ponderosa Estates neighborhood in Plain. While the evacuation notices in the area have been reduced, US Highway 2 remains closed between Coles Corner (Lake Wenatchee Turnoff) and Leavenworth. Access to Leavenworth via Stevens Pass is still available through Plain and the Chumstick Highway. As of Thursday, July 24 we have had a couple of rainy days recently which have certainly slowed the fire's growth and brought cooler temps and higher humidity to the area. This rain won't be a "season ending event" which usually comes in the form of snow in October, but it certainly does help. The fire is approximately 12,000 acres in size and about 20% contained at this time. For the latest updates we recommend a number of great sources: http://millscanyonfire.wordpress.com/ http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3976/ https://www.facebook.com/pages/Chelan-County-Emergency-Management/188543097925415 If you are looking to help those affected by the fires, the Windermere Foundation has set up a fund and is matching the first $2500. https://www.windermere.com/foundation