Contacts: Robin DeMario, 509-664-9292
Wenatchee—The Hay Canyon Fire, located approximately two miles north of Cashmere, is now estimated to be 300 acres. Firefighters completed burnout operations and were able to construct a fireline around the entire fire.
Islands of burning fuels remain in the interior of the fire and smoke will be visible in the fire area for the next few days. Isolated rain showers fell over portions of the fire this afternoon.
Evacuation Level 2 is in effect and will be reduced to Level 1 by late evening. The road closure has been lifted and no structures have burned.
Today’s firefighting resources included three 20-person crews, two fire engines and a helicopter that delivered water as needed. Firefighters will be patrolling the fire tonight and crews will return on Friday to continue mop-up operations.
The fire started late Wednesday afternoon and is burning in grass, brush and timber in very steep terrain. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
On Wednesday, two firefighters sustained minor injuries when they were struck by rolling rocks; no further injuries have occurred.