Red Apple Fire near Wenatchee prompts Level 3 evacuations


CHELAN CO., Wash. — The Red Apple Fire burning between Wenatchee and Cashmere along US 2 has grown to 4,000 acres, or over six square miles.

Level 2 and 3 evacuations have been issued for people living near the fire.

Chelan County Emergency Management said every resident and business on the east side of Burch Mountain, in the Sunnyslope area, Anna Lane, North Ridge Drive, Sequoia Lane, April Lane, West Eagle Rock Drive and May Lane is under Level 3 evacuations, meaning leave now.

Families living on Rue Jolie down to American Fruit Road and over to School Street are under Level 2 evacuations, meaning be ready to leave at a moment’s notice.

A level 1 evacuation order has been issued for everyone living in Swakane Canyon. Level 1 means be aware of fire activity in the area and have a plan ready.

A Red Cross shelter is located at 7th Day Adventist Church in Wenatchee at 508 N. Western Ave.

State fire assistance has been mobilized to help Chelan firefighters contain the fire.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office said the fire started on Tuesday at around 6:55 p.m. The fire is estimated to be 1,000 acres and growing. It is threatening 234 homes, orchards, and a power substation.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation. Mobilization specialists from the Fire Protection Bureau have ordered three strike teams.

This is a developing story.