Lake Chelan’s Wolverine fire has expanded, but controlled burns are helping to keep it away from Stehekin and Holden Village.
Firefighters continued to keep Lake Chelan’s Wolverine fire away from populated areas Sunday even as the fire grew about 2 square miles.
The fire expanded to about 45 square miles (28,725 acres) by Sunday morning, and is 20 percent contained, according to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center.
Controlled burns in the fire’s path Friday stalled its progress toward the resort area of Stehekin to the north and the retreat site, Holden Village, to the west in Chelan County. The blaze is about two miles east of Holden Village and a mile and a half southwest of Stehekin.
“Crews were able to keep those under control and we are feeling better and better all the time that we are getting this thing stopped on the north end,” fire-information officer Wayne Patterson said. “If we can hold onto that for another day, or two days, we’ll be thinking we’ve got that northern end pretty well knocked down.”
The primary emphasis on the western edge of the fire, he said, is protecting the structures in Holden Village. Fire crews created a secure line around the village Thursday. The village, however, only covers about a quarter of the fire’s western edge, and Patterson said a lot remains to be done with the rest of the western edge.
Patterson said he hopes for rain to help contain the fires, but worries about lightning, which was the original cause of the fire at the end of June.