Wildfire claims three homes in Washington
By DAN WHEAT
WENATCHEE, Wash. -- Wildfire driven by winds destroyed three homes and forced the evacuation of about 60 more near Colockum Ridge south of Wenatchee.
The Colockum Tarps fire started approximately 8 a.m. July 27 near the intersection of Colockum and Tarpiscan roads 15 miles south of Wenatchee and 8 miles south of the village of Malaga. It's a remote, mountainous region in the southern part of Chelan County. The cause is under investigation.
There were no reports of damage to livestock, said Linden Lamp, an information officer with a national fire management team set up at Wenatchee High School and then moved to Pioneer Middle School.
The fire was estimated at 15,000 acres, was being held on the northern side but was spreading south and west, she said. Efforts of 300 firefighters and support staff was to flank the western edge on Monday, July 29, Lamp said.
Five helicopters, 59 water trucks, a couple bulldozers and four hand crews were involved, she said.
The evacuations were along Colockum, Tarpiscan, Kingsbury and Ingersoll roads in Chelan County, Lamp said. Public access is restricted on roads leading into the area in Chelan and Kittitas counties, she said.
Ross Hurd, a rancher in Pitcher Canyon, said the fire is burning elk feeding ground near Jump Off Ridge where wolves that had been plaguing his cattle had moved. He said he's concerned the fire could bring wolves back his way.