Fire officials in Chelan County say a brush fire that burned 2 square miles east of Wenatchee, and damaged power poles and transmission lines is 90 percent contained.
UPDATE/MALAGA, WA - Fire officials in Chelan County say a brush fire that burned 2 square miles east of Wenatchee, and damaged power poles and transmission lines is 90 percent contained.
Chelan County Fire District 1 spokeswoman Cindy Blaufuss said several dozen firefighters were mopping up hot spots Thursday but the threat to about 40 nearby homes has eased.
No homes were damaged by the fire that began late Wednesday afternoon.
Utility crews worked through the night to replace the damaged lines and burned poles. Power was restored Thursday to about 200 customers affected by the fire. The Chelan County Public Utility District says power also has been restored to Alcoa's Wenatchee Works smelter.
MALAGA, WA - Utility crews worked through the night to replace damaged power lines and burned poles in a brush fire burning east of Wenatchee.
The fire has blackened a four-mile-long stretch of hillside and cut power to Alcoa's Wenatchee Works smelter and hundreds of homes. As of Thursday morning about 40 homes remained under a Level 2 evacuation in the Malaga area. As many as 60 homes are threatened but no structures have been burned so far.
The fire was first reported around 4:20 p.m. Wednesday along the Malaga-Alcoa Highway The cause of the fire is under investigation.
There are no reports of injuries.
MALAGA, WA - The Chelan County Sheriff's Office is warning residents of about 40 homes that they might need to evacuate due to a fast-moving brush fire south of Wenatchee.
The fire near Malaga damaged power transmission lines Wednesday night in several areas along the Malaga-Alcoa Highway, temporarily knocking out power to an Alcoa smelter and to more than 400 PUD customers.
Fire crews from all over the Wenatchee Valley are working to put out the fire. It was first reported late Wednesday afternoon. There is no estimate yet of its size.
WENATCHEE, WA - Firefighters from multiple agencies are battling a large, fast-moving brush fire burning just south of Wenatchee near Malaga.
Officials tell our sister station in Spokane the fire started at 4:19pm on Wednesday and was upgraded to a three alarm fire by 5:23pm. Right now the fire is burning in mostly sage and grass, but level 2 evacuations have been issued for about 60 homes in the area.
We are told the Malaga Alcoa Highway/Colockum Road is closed from Saturday Avenue to the Rock Island Dam.
At this point, the cause and exact acreage of the fire is unknown.
Firefighters from Chelan County Fire Department, the Douglas County Fire Department, and Washington DNR, are on scene and crews from Grant County are expected to arrive later Wednesday night.
We are expecting an update on this developing story very shortly, so keep checking back for the latest.