A lightning-caused fire in Central Washington has burned more than 24 square miles near Lake Chelan, growing thousands of acres between Saturday and Sunday.
LUCERNE, Chelan County — A lightning-caused fire in Central Washington has burned more than 24 square miles near Lake Chelan after growing thousands of acres over the weekend.
Several hundred people were evacuated from a Lutheran retreat center and the Holden Mine Remediation Center on Saturday. Officials say Holden Village is not threatened by the fire, but the blaze threatens the only evacuation route.
The Wolverine fire, which started in late June, is burning in timber about 3 miles northwest of Lucerne, on the west shore of Lake Chelan.
Fire officials say the blaze has shut down parts of the Pacific Crest Trail and a number of campgrounds in the area.
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Smoke and ash affected people on vacation near the popular lake, and pilots have been told to avoid the area. Lightning started several other small fires in the area Saturday.
High temperatures and low humidity provided ideal conditions for spread of the fire, which grew from 6,000 acres Saturday afternoon to 15,760 acres Saturday night.
Firefighters on Sunday were looking to protect Holden Village and the structures along the lakeshore, and trying to find places to safely put firefighters on the steep ground to more effectively direct helicopter bucket drops.
“Right now, they’re assessing what the opportunities are to fight this fire,” said Bob MacGregore, fire-information officer with the U.S. Forest Service.
As of Sunday, one resident was still at Domke Lake, west of Lake Chelan. Crews are expected to assess and clear the Domke Lake trail Sunday to get the resident out. Three structures were estimated to have been lost at Domke Lake.
Meanwhile, in Mason County, fire officials say a wildfire that has burned 13 structures, including five homes, is now 50 percent contained. The state Department of Natural Resources say crews on the Deckerville Road Fire near Matlock are in mop-up mode.
Also, a couple of small brush fires in Pierce County briefly caused evacuations in the area Saturday when structures were threatened. Those fires are now nearing containment.
Information in this article, originally published Aug. 2, 2015, was corrected Aug. 3, 2015. A previous version of this story incorrectly stated when the Wolverine fire started.