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Firefighters Battle Flames Near Wenatchee US 97 Closed

A public briefing will be held tonight at 7 PM at the Leavenworth Fire Hall. Fire officials will be on hand to provide an update on fire activity in the area and to answer questions and discuss issues with the attendees. Yesterday was a good day for firefighters, and progress continued through the night. While the inversion has created smoky conditions in the valleys, once again it has also put a damper on fire activity within the Wenatchee Complex. Firefighters have been able to take advantage of the muffled fire behavior by constructing fire line, completing burnout operations, and using water and retardant drops to secure fire perimeters. Rehabilitation efforts are underway on the Byrd and Canyon fires, and will soon begin on First Creek and Poison Fires as mop up is completed.

Highway 97 over Blewett Pass will be closed until 6 pm at milepost 150 (the junction of SR 970-Lauderdale junction) to milepost 177, about 8 miles south of the intersection with Highway 2. Crews will remove dead trees along the highway and prepare the road for use as a possible fireline to contain the spread of the Peavine and Table Mountain fires.

A Fire Weather Watch has been posted for the area today through Saturday due to the forecast of isolated dry thunderstorms that could bring increased wind and lightning.

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