Stehekin-area fire no longer endangers homes

STEHEKIN - The Moore Point Fire is no longer endangering homes in the Stehekin Valley, U.S. Forest Service officials said Tuesday, Aug. 6.

At 1,538 acres, the fire is 40 percent contained and smoldering after a successful weekend of mop-up activities.

The 25 Mile Fire, located about 15 miles southeast of Moore Point, is in similar status with an overall size of 2,097 acres.

Smoke from the fires is expected to continue to blanket the Chelan and Stehekin areas, Chelan Ranger District Assistant Fire Manager Chad Schmidt said.

"We will continue to monitor these fires until the area receives a high amount of rain or snow," he said.

Although homes are no longer considered endangered, Level II evacuations will remain in effect, he said.

National forest officials have closed several campgrounds and trails because of the Moore Point Fire, including Moore Point Campground, Meadow Creek Shelter, and Lakeshore, Moore Point, Fish Creek and its north fork, and Horton Butte trails.

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