The Wolverine Creek Fire has suddently grown in size and forced the evacuation of at least 350 people living nearby.
The Wolverine Creek Fire near Lake Chelan has quadrupled in size since Friday, forcing hundreds of people to evacuate, according to the U.S. Forest Service.
“Last night air temperatures in [the] area were very high and the relative humidity was very low, causing extreme fire behavior,” Carly Reed, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Forest Service Chelan-Entiat Ranger District, said in an emailed statement Saturday. “The fire moved direction and moved quicker than it has in the past.”
The fire, which started at the end of June with a lightning strike in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, grew from about 1,500 acres Friday to 6,000 acres by Saturday afternoon. Smoke could be seen from the Seattle area.
People living at Holden Village, Lucerne, Riddle and Lightning Creek have been told to evacuate, and Domke Lake, Lucerne and Refrigerator Harbor campgrounds are closed until further notice.
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Holden Village and Holden Mine Remediation were evacuated Friday night as the fire grew. Although there was no immediate threat to Holden Village, there was concern that its evacuation route could be compromised if the fire continued its momentum, the Forest Service said Saturday morning.
Holden is home to about 350 residents and mine-remediation workers.
Friday evening, a spot fire from the Wolverine fire was reported near Domke Lake, which took out several structures. The Forest Service said everyone at the Domke Lake Resort was safe and had evacuated before the fire approached.
The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) detour is closed heading into Holden Village and out of Stehekin as conditions are changing rapidly. Hikers are advised to contact the National Park Service office in Stehekin or the Forest Service office in Chelan for information.