Evacuation Levels Reduced to Level 1 for Mile Post 10 Fire (evening Update)
Incident: Milepost 10 Wildfire
Incident Summary: The Milepost 10 Fire is located 0.5 miles south of Malaga, about 8 miles south of Wenatchee. The fire was initially reported at approximately 11 PM on Friday, August 9, and was caused by lightning. It was burning in dry grass on steep rocky slopes, cliffs and benches above the Columbia River near the Rock Island Dam. Rainfall from thunderstorms yesterday assisted firefighters by dampening heat in the fire perimeters of both the Colockum Tarps and Mile Post 10 fires. However, the flash floods created access issues for firefighters due to mudslides and a bridge wash-out.
Evacuations: As of 6:00 PM, the Chelan County Sheriff’s office has lowered all evacuation levels for the Mile Post 10 Fire to Level 1. A level 1 Evacuation means be alert; residents should be aware of the danger that exists in their area, and monitor local media outlets for information.
A public meeting will be held Monday evening at 7:30 PM at the Chelan Fire District 1 Station in Malaga. Fire officials, local law enforcement, and agency administrators will give an update on the situation and be available for questions.
Closures: Due to the flooding, the Malaga-Alcoa Highway is closed at Mile Post 12; Colockum, Tarpiscan, and Kingsbury roads are also closed. Joe Miller, Jumpoff, and private roads remain closed. There will be roving patrols and only residents are allowed beyond the closures.
Cooperating Agencies: Washington Department of Natural Resources, Bureau of Land Management, Chelan County Fire District #1, Washington State Patrol