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Mills Canyon Fire Threatening Homes in Chelan County Near Entiat

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Residents of about two dozen homes who were told to evacuate because of the wildfire near Entiat have been told they can return, but they should remain ready to flee. Courtesy: KING 5 Residents of about two dozen homes who were told to evacuate because of the wildfire near Entiat have been told they can return, but they should remain ready to flee. Courtesy: KING 5
UPDATE/KING5.COM  - Mandatory evacuations were reinstated in Chelan County after a wildfire burning west of Entiat jumped over U.S. Highway 97A and grew to 7,000 acres late Wednesday. Chelan County Emergency Management say residences on 97A between Swakane Canyon and Entiat are now under a Level 3 evacuation.

A 30-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 97a is now closed from Wenatchee at milepost 201 to milepost 230.5 south of Chelan. Motorists going between Wenatchee and Chelan can use U.S. 2 on the east side of the Columbia River.

Drivers were also advised to use U.S. 97 via Orondo, though Chelan County officials say visibility is bad due to thick smoke and advise motorists to drive slow. 

Officials had lowered the evacuation alert earlier Wednesday to Level 2 for about two dozen homes in Mill Canyon, but windy and hot fire conditions caused the wildfire to flare bacl up.

A house fire Tuesday started the wildfire in the Mills Canyon area which quickly spread to about 8 square miles. Fire spokesman Mick Mueller says about 250 firefighters were aided by air tankers dropping retardant and helicopters dropping water; the fire remains zero-percent contained.

A total of about 200 residents in the area four miles west of Entiat remain under a Level 2 "be ready" or Level 1 "be alert" evacuation advisories.

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ENTIAT, WA - Residents of about two dozen homes who were told to evacuate because of the wildfire near Entiat have been told they can return, but they should remain ready to flee.
    
A spokesman for fire managers, Mick Mueller, in Wenatchee says the Level 3 "leave immediately" evacuation advisory was lowered Wednesday to Level 2 for residents in Mills Canyon.
    
A total of about 200 residents in the area four miles west of Entiat remain under a Level 2 "be ready" or Level 1 "be alert" evacuation advisories.
    
About 250 firefighters with helicopters and air tankers are trying to stop the fire that has burned about 8 square miles since spreading Tuesday from a house fire.
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