Due to the Lost and Cougar Creek Fires, the Forest Service roads between Cashmere and the Entiat River Valley are closed. Unfortunately the fire is so close to the WABDR that it’s not possible to pick up the route at Ardenvoir. So the bypass is to ride north on Highway 97-Alt from Wenatchee all the way to Chelan and pick up the WABDR there.
Firefighters are using favorable weather conditions to prepare holding lines ahead of winds predicted for Wednesday and Thursday, August 15-16. The Cougar Creek Fire is currently at 31,062 acres and still at 5% containment. The Lost Fire has not grown. Evacuation levels remain unchanged as of Tuesday, August 14 at 9:00 AM.
There will be a community meeting in Chelan at the Chelan Performing Arts Center tonight, August 14 at 6:00 PM. Please take this opportunity to meet the fire team members and have your questions answered regarding the Cougar Creek and Lost Fires.