Increased Fire Activity on the Wolverine Fire 7-29-15
- Written by Carly Reed, USFS
- Chelan Ranger District of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
- Chelan County, Washington
- 3 miles NW of Lucerne, Wash.
Start Date: June 29th 2015 Percent Contained: 0%
Size: 580 Growth Potential: Moderate
Cause: Lightning Vegetation: Timber
Notice: Hikers and backpackers; be aware a Pacific Crest Trail closure and detour is in effect due to fire activity. Please check the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest website prior to reaching the Glacier Peak Wilderness or call the Chelan Ranger District (509) 682-4900 for specific information.
Lucerne Wash.-- Warmer and drier weather conditions over the past two days have led to increased fire activity on the Wolverine Fire, burning 3 miles northwest of Lucerne. The lightning-ignited fire started on June 29 and has grown to approximately 580 acres. The fire is moving northwest, backing down toward the lakeshore on the ridge between Wolverine and Riddle Creek drainages. There is also fire movement toward the north into Riddle Creek. The fire is burning in extremely steep and rocky terrain that is unsafe for direct attack by firefighters .
Additionally, use of air resources, such as helicopters to drop water on the fire, is tactically inefficient in this steep and rocky terrain. Fire managers continue to monitor the fire and have developed management action points when the use of additional resources may prove successful.
One of the management action points includes structure protection on cabins at the mouth of Riddle Creek. Because the Wolverine fire is progressing down toward the lakeshore, on Thursday fire crews will initiate structure protection on cabins in Riddle Creek on National Park Service land. Work will include wrapping cabins in fireproof material and turning on pumps and sprinkler systems already in place around the cabins.
There is no threat to Lucerne or Holden Village at this time. Holden Village remains on a Level one evacuation notice.
Temperatures are expected to increase throughout the weekend, which may further increase fire activity. Smoke is visible but light throughout the Lake Chelan corridor, including downtown and in Stehekin, but all businesses remain open and are welcoming visitors. Boaters and Lady of the Lake passengers will be able to see the fire and occasional tree torching from the lake. Please stay clear of firefighter activity and remain a safe distance away from the shoreline in the vicinity of the fire.
Wolverine Fire July 29, 2015 Arial Recon. Flight
Wenatchee Man Arrested After Multiple-Vehicle Persuit
- Written by Jason Mathews, Chief of Special Operations, CCSO
On July 29, 2015 Sheriff Brian Burnett reports the arrest of Justin Dyal, a 22 year old Wenatchee resident, following a vehicle pursuit that started in the City of Wenatchee.
At 10:00 this morning Wenatchee Police Officers responded to Cashmere Valley Bank for a reported forgery in progress. A female at the location was attempting to cash a stolen check. When Officer’s arrived they observed a white Dodge truck that was abnormally parked in the parking lot. The Officer checked the vehicle’s registration and learned it was a stolen vehicle from Douglas County. The vehicle, a full sized Dodge truck, drove out of the parking lot leaving the female inside the bank. The Wenatchee Officer followed the truck out of the bank parking lot and a vehicle pursuit began a short time later.
The truck led pursuing police vehicles southbound on Western Avenue onto #2 Canyon and continued up the dirt / primitive road. Because of the poor road condition the pursuing police vehicle’s, all of which were cars, discontinued the pursuit. Multiple Chelan County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the area with their 4-wheel drive vehicles and began looking for the stolen Dodge truck.
The truck was located unoccupied near a dead-end Forest Service road, but a motorcycle that had been in the rear of the truck was gone. Deputies followed the tire tracks of the motorcycle and learned a general direction of the fleeing motorcycle. Other Deputy’s positioned themselves up both Halverson Canyon and the Beehive drainage area off of Mission Creek Road. Because of the rugged terrain and multiple roads / trails Chelan County launched its helicopter to assist in the search.
Around 12:00 a Deputy positioned on Halverson Canyon observed a motorcycle traveling down the dirt road near the top of the ridge. The rider turned the motorcycle off and remained near a cluster of trees. The helicopter was called into the area to provide aerial surveillance of the suspect. The helicopter coordinated efforts with the ground Deputies and were able to successfully apprehend the suspect.
They identified the suspect as Justin Dyal. Chelan County Sheriff’s Office is working with Wenatchee Police Department on numerous crimes committed by Dyal to include the vehicle pursuit, possession of stolen property, fraud/forgery, and other charges.
The stolen Dodge truck was returned to the registered owner.
Buckner Orchard Newsletter - July 2015
- Written by Gregory Kennedy
June 18, Orchard work party, Stehekin, 8:30 AM, Thursday
July 11, Orchard work party, Stehekin, 8:30 AM, Saturday
August 8, Square Dance at the Orchard, Stehekin, 7 PM, Saturday
August 10, Summer Board Meeting, Stehekin Bakery, 8 AM, Monday
October 9, Fall work party, Buckner Orchard, 9 AM, Friday
October 9, Harvest Fest Kickoff program, 7 PM, Friday
October 10, Harvest Fest at the Orchard, !0 AM, Saturday
October 11, Poetry Night, Stehekin, 7 PM, Bakery Cabin #1, Sunday
Buckner Orchard Square Dance August 8th
- Written by Herb Sargo
Manson Woman Drowns in Fall from Dock
- Written by Sgt. Rob Huddleston, CCSO
Sheriff Brian Burnett reports on 07-28-15 around 8:40am Deputies responded to Manson Bay Marina for a body floating near a boat. Deputies arrived and talked to a family that was boarding their boat when they noticed a body floating between their boat and the dock. Chelan County Deputies, Manson Fire, and Lake Chelan EMS removed the female body from the water. She was immediately recognized as Catherine L. Maynard, 50 yoa, of Manson, WA.
Deputies reviewed surveillance video of the area and observed Maynard walking down the dock around 10:30pm, losing her balance and falling into the water. Maynard was alone at the time.
Maynard had been out boating with a friend that evening and fell asleep on the boat after the trip. When she awoke, she left the boat and that is when she lost her balance, fell into the water and drowned.
The incident is still being investigated and Detectives are waiting for the toxicology report to return.