Northeast Region-Department of Natural Resources
225 S. Silke Road
Colville, WA 99114
Both the Pearl Hill and Apple Acres fires are approaching full containment after days of firefighting effort, recently aided by shading from the heavy smoke layer.
Structure impacts: Since the Labor Day fire start, local firefighters have directly protected about 100 residences from burning within the perimeter of these two fires. The overall fire suppression effort kept an additional 1,000+ homes from harm by stopping the advance of the fire. To date, 26 residential and commercial structures have been verified as burned by the fire and additional assessments are underway.
Resources: While a sufficient force of firefighters is being retained, many firefighters and crews are being reassigned or sent home for some well-earned, if temporary, rest. Covid-19 tests are available for firefighters prior to their return home.
Weather: Air quality continues to be severely impacted by wildfire smoke coming from Oregon and California. Hazardous air quality is expected to remain today. Washington smoke monitoring and forecasting can be found at the Washington Smoke Blogspot. Today’s expected weather conditions include high temperatures of 71-78 degrees, minimum relative humidity of 25-30%, and morning northwest winds of 5-8 mph early,becoming southwesterly 3-8 mph. Mostly cloudy conditions are predicted for tonight, with a slight chance of sprinkles.
Evacuation Levels and Roads: Evacuation Levels remain unchanged, with an Evacuation Level of 2 to the north of Hwy 2 and in McNeil Canyon, and rescinded evacuation orders in all other areas. Highway 173, Bridgeport Hill Road, and Crane Orchard Road have been reopened.
For specific information regarding closures and evacuation levels, please check with the Chelan County Emergency Management Facebook page for Apple Acres Fire, and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Facebook page for the Pearl Hill Fire.
Fires at a Glance
Size:Pearl Hill Fire – 223,730 acresApple Acres Fire – 5,753 acres
Pearl Hill Fire - 87%
Apple Acres Fire – 97%
Location: Pearl Hill Fire is located at Bridgeport, WA. Apple Acres Fire is located four miles north of Chelan, WA.
Cause: Both fires are under investigation
Total Assigned Personnel: 355
Dozers–4; Type 2 Crews–7; Engines-51; Water Tenders-8; Helicopters-0
Staffed 8:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
RED CROSS SERVICES:
Staffed 24 hours
(509) 670-5331, (571) 595-7723
Facebook: Northeast Washington Fire Information