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Chelan Complex fire-growth slowed

Tree torching during Wolverine Fire near Holden Village.

Kari Greer
Tree torching during Wolverine Fire near Holden Village.

— Fire officials say they have halted the westward march of the Chelan Complex fires.

In total, active fires in Chelan County have scorched 134,814 acres, officials said this morning. That includes the 86,412-acre Chelan Complex, the 2,293-acre Fire Creek Fire, the 45,929-acre Wolverine Fire and the 180-acre Blankenship Fire.

The complex — which includes the Reach, Black Canyon and McFarland Creek fires — was halted at Forest Road No. 8020 and with dozer lines on Cooper Ridge.

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Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest

Trees continue to burn in the Wolverine Fire.

Crews will reinforce those Cooper Ridge lines today, officials said, noting firefighters will try to construct fire lines in the Squaw Creek and McFarland Creek drainages, too.

On another front, "portions of the Chelan Complex within three miles of Chelan and all areas east of the Columbia River are completely contained," a statement from the incident command office said.

While fire crews are having success on those fires, the First Creek Fire was "very active" yesterday and overnight, officials said.

Air tankers that were dropping retardant over the Omak area the last couple days are now flying the First Creek Fire, slowing the flames' advance between the Yacht Club and Kelley's Resort.

Helicopters will also fly the fire as weather allows.

Fire crews in Chelan County are also employing helicopters in an effort to contain the Castle Creek arm of the nearby Wolverine Fire, burning on the southwest shore of Lake Chelan.

Yesterday, that blaze made a run into the Upper Entiat River Valley near Larch Lake, officials said. Smoke from that run was visible at Lake Wenatchee.

Level 3 evacuations remain in effect for Holden Village, Lucerne, Domke Lake, Riddle, and Lightning Creek.

No new information was released on the Blankenship fire.

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