177,605 acre fire has consumed 17 homes

Information compiled by LakeChelanNow

Update September 10 at 11:00 a.m.

The 177,605 acre Pearl Hill Fire is now considered 41-percent contained. It was announced by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office that power has been restored within the city limits of Bridgeport.

Also, the Level 3 evacuation has been reduced to Level 2 from the top of McNeil Canyon Road to Beebe Bridge. More than 55 structures have been destroyed in the Pearl Hill fire, including 17 homes.

Update September 8 at 3:00 pm

When the Cold Springs Canyon Fire started on Sunday night near Omak, it didn’t take long to jump the Columbia River and quickly advance into Douglas County and threaten the communities of Bridgeport and Mansfield.

Public Information Officer Ben Shearer said the two fires, which have burned in excess of 300,000 acres, were initially grouped as one, but have since been separated. Fire headquarters for the Pearl Hill fire are based out of Chelan High School-Middle School.

Shearer said the fire did have some overnight growth, and notes that Level 3 evacuations continue in a number of areas including Bridgeport, Bridgeport Bar, Mansfield, Rimrock Meadows and Moses Coulee. Over 150 fire personnel were on scene as of this morning, with additional crews and equipment arriving throughout today. Shearer said there have been reports of structures in the Bridgeport area that were lost, however he has no information on what type of structures or their location.