East Wenatchee: Batterman Fire scorches 2,500 acres, state crews take over containment

EAST WENATCHEE, Wash. — Douglas County officials estimate that roughly 2,500 acres of land were impacted by the Batterman Fire, which was first reported on Sunday afternoon when crews converged on Grant Road and Batterman Road to combat the start of the brush fire.

According to a series of Facebook posts by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, level three evacuation notices were put in place from N. Ward Ave. to Keane Grade Rd. on Sunday afternoon. Air and ground resources were deployed to help contain the fire, which only spread further from that point on.

Many structures were threatened by the spread of the fire, which authorities say is only 10 percent contained as of Monday morning. WSP Chief John Batiste authorized state mobilization to East Wenatchee around 3:30 p.m. on Sunday to help contain the Batterman fire.

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An estimated 80 homes were evacuated as a result of the wildfires, which spread quickly and diligently due to dry, warm conditions. In this kind of heat, brush and grass serve as fuel that makes containing the flames a difficult task.

On Monday morning, local resources were relieved by State Mobilization resources to help contain the fire and give local crews a chance to regain their strength.

The Red Cross has occupied Eastmont High School on the 900-block of 3rd St NE as a shelter facility for individuals displaced due to fire evacuations in the region. If you have been impacted by these fires and need assistance, you can contact Red Cross personnel at (509) 670-5331.

Authorities say that all traffic diversions and evacuation orders remain in place at this time. That means level three evacuation orders remain in effect with a traffic closure at Rock Island Grade Rd from Moses Stool to Highway 28. The Palisades is set at a level one evacuation, as of Sunday evening.

Luckily, Douglas County officials do not have any reason to believe that any citizens or structures have been lost because of these fires.

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