Story Contains Video Footage of Aerial Firefighting Efforts
information released by US Forest Service August 19, 2021, 10:00 a.m.
The Twentyfive Mile Fire was first reported at 3:45 p.m. on August 15, 2021. The fire was initially burning on the south shore of Lake Chelan near Twentyfive Mile Creek and has expanded south and west of the area.
The fire is under joint jurisdiction of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Washington Department of Natural Resources, Bureau of Land Management and Chelan County Fire District 7.
- Fire Information Line: 206-659-6472 (Daily from 8a.m. to 8p.m.)
- Size: 9,800 acres
- Total Personnel: 300+
- Containment: 0%
- Cause: Under investigation
- Structures Threatened: 772
- Structures Lost: 1
A Type 3 Incident Management Team led by Incident Commander Escobar took command of the firefighting response at 6:00 a.m. August 16. Additional resources are continuing to arrive. The Southwest Type 1 (IC Sinclair) Incident Management Team have begun to arrive on scene and are expected to be briefed later this afternoon.
The fire continues to burn in timber, brush and grass. The fire size is estimated at 9,800 acres. Crews staffed the fire overnight and continued to reinforce structure protection lines. Overnight, crews were challenged by fire moving towards Lakeshore Road near the Twentyfive Mile drainage. Crews were able to engage the fire and prevent further movement toward the road and structures.
Moderate fire behavior is expected today as crews continue to work. Higher winds with strong gusts have the potential to increase fire activity. Today crews will work on constructing and reinforcing new containment lines. The fire may continue to move to the south and east.
Rotor and fixed-wing air resources will continue attack on the fire throughout the day. Aircraft may use local bodies of water, including Lake Chelan, to fill. Recreational boaters should be aware of aircraft takeoff and landings and keep a safe distance.