Douglas County “Mohr Fire” Triples In Size to 3,600 Acres
UPDATE 10:15AM Wednesday
The Mohr Fire northeast of Palisades has tripled in size from overnight and now covers 3,600 acres.
There are also Level 1 Evacuation notices for Wagon Road and Palisades Road from Wagon Road to the Grant County line. Fire is approx. 3600 acres.
UPDATE 2AM Wednesday
State fire assistance is now helping local firefighters at the Mohr Fire in Douglas County, near Waterville.
State authorization came 10 last night at the request of Douglas County Fire District 1 Chief Dale Jordan.
This fire is estimated at 1,200 acres and growing.
It's burning in sage, wheat, and grass land and is threatening homes and crops.
Level 2 evacuations are now in effect. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.
Mobilization specialists from the Fire Protection Bureau have ordered one strike team and the fire will be managed by a Type 3 Incident Management Team.
The State Fire Marshal’s Office personnel are both enroute to the scene and working remotely to coordinate the dispatch of resources.
State Mobilization takes place to provide a process to quickly notify, assemble and send fire service personnel, equipment and other resources from around the state when fires or other disasters exceed the capacity of local crews.
6:30PM Tuesday This is a developing story and will be updated
The Douglas County Sheriff's Department reports the fire burning in the area of Road F and Road 6 is approximately 15 miles east of Waterville. The fire is headed toward Douglas Creek and Slack Canyon. Sheriff Kevin Morris said one home is under a Level 2 Evacuation Alert but did not have the precise location. A roadblock has been established on Douglas Creek Road north of Wagon Road, according to Morris.
Several agencies are part of a 3rd alarm response to the fire that flared up Tuesday afternoon at the fire reported in the area on Monday.
Kay McKellar with Chelan County Fire District 1 and Douglas County FD #2 says about 2:30pm Tuesday, crews were dispatched from from Waterville, Entiat, Chelan, Orondo, Cashmere, Wenatchee, and East Wenatchee. Water tenders and brush rigs are part of the response and BLM crews and air support have been requested.
McKellar says winds were reported gusty in the vicinity of the fire. There was no acreage estimate available.
More details will be provided as they come in