(Updated Friday) Fire Near Nile Grows in Thursday Wind
UPDATED INFORMATION FROM THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE
Firefighters continue the battle against The Schneider Springs Fire in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. The lightning caused blaze was discovered on Wednesday afternoon 10 miles west of Nile and it was estimated at 80 acres. But since then it's grown to more than 300 acres in tough terrain making the job of firefighting very difficult.
LEVEL 1 EVACUATION STILL IN PLACE FOR THE NILE COMMUNITY
A press release from the US Forest Service says it's burning in heavy, brush, timber and snags which pose big problems for firefighters who want to get close to the fire.
A Level 2 evacuation order remains in place for the Bumping Lake area and a Level 1 evacuation order is in place from the community of Nile up Hwy 410 to Chinook Pass. If you're going to the forest avoid the Bumping Lake area south to White Pass and east towards Hwy 410. Rimrock Lake is open.
FIRE CREWS HAVE BEEN BUSY THROUGHOUT THE STATE
The press release from the forest service says crews have also responded to eight additional fires that are each estimated at 1/10 acre or less.
• Polallie Fire is located a mile northeast of Cooper Lake and 19 miles northwest of Cle Elum in Kittitas County. One squad of firefighters is assigned.
• Stave Fire is located about 2 miles southeast of Cooper Lake and 17 miles northwest of Cle Elum in Kittitas County. A squad of firefighters and an engine are assigned.
• Lookout Mountain Fire in Kittitas County is currently staffed with six smokejumpers.
• Smokejumpers are en route to the Rainy Creek Fire located west of Lake Wenatchee and 24 miles northwest of Leavenworth. They will also be evaluating two other smokes reported in the area near Alpine Lookout and Lanham Creek.
• A fire crew is locating access to a fire in the Old Scab Mountain area 3 miles east of Bumping Lake and 30 miles northwest of Naches, Washington.
• Smokejumpers have been ordered to respond to a smoke reported in the Blackberry Creek area near Stehekin, Washington.
• The Deep Fire, in the Burgess Meadow area in Chelan County, has been reported as out.
• Ballard Fire is located on Driveway Butte in the Methow Valley west of Lost River Resort and 5 miles northwest of Mazama. Four smokejumpers and one squad of firefighters are assigned.