As U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell visits the fire lines in Washington state, firefighters are making progress in containing the blazes.
The Okanogan complex fire, which has injured seven and destroyed or damaged 123 residences to date, has burned 148,780 acres and is 70 percent contained.
Some 1,300 firefighters are still battling the fires, which have cost $30.3 million to date, according a Monday report from the fire-incident command.
Within the Okanogan complex, the priority Monday for firefighters at the Lime Belt fire, which is 60 percent contained, is to mop up and secure the contained line they’ve established.
Both the Twisp River fire and Nine Mile fire are 98 percent contained.
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The Chelan complex fire, which has injured nine and damaged or destroyed 23 residences, has burned 94,301 acres and is 75 percent contained.
Some 680 firefighters are battling those blazes, which have cost about $16.1 million to date.
The Chelan fire continues to be minimally active on the northwest tip, with aircraft monitoring the area and dropping water as needed to prevent the fire from crossing Saint Luise Creek.
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, meanwhile, visited Monday with firefighters and tribal leaders at the site of the active North Star Fire, located approximately 12 miles north of Nespelem, Okanogan County.
The North Star fire has burned more than 205,000 acres, primarily on the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, and evacuations are in effect for approximately 3,000 residences, according to an Interior Department news release. More than 1,000 state and federal firefighters are working to contain that fire.
On Sunday, lines to control fire spread continued to be constructed along the southwest and west portions of the North Star fire, and the northeast boundary of the Tunk Block fire. A large portion of the Tunk Block fire and the southern edge of the North Star fire are in mop-up and patrol, according to a U.S. Forest Service news release.
In the Wolverine fire near Lake Chelan, about a quarter inch of rain fell on the fire Sunday morning, and the fire continues to smolder, with pockets of heat dispersed across the area.
The Pacific Crest Trail is now open on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest and forest closures are still in place but have been modified. Businesses around Lake Wenatchee are open. Fire restrictions remain in effect.
The Carpenter Road fire, meanwhile, which has burned 65,068 acres, is at 70 percent containment.
On Sunday afternoon, multiple rounds of gunfire were discharged near the fire area. Officials warned that firefighters will not work in an area if their safety is in question and asked the public to be cautious in their activities near firefighters.