Red Apple Fire in Chelan County, Washington prompts evacuations of more than 1,000 residences

It has burned approximately 4,000 acres

6:49 p.m. PDT July 14, 2021

Red Apple Fire
Map showing heat detected by a satellite on the Red Apple Fire as late as 2:36 p.m. PDT July 14, 2021 — the red and orange dots. The dark red dots are the most recent.

The Red Apple Fire in Chelan County, Washington north of Wenatchee has prompted evacuation orders (Leave Now) for 1,065 residences.

The homes being evacuated are in the Sunnyslope area of Wenatchee from Highway 2 and Burch Mountain Road to north of Easy Street and American Fruit Road. We are not aware of reports of any homes being destroyed.

The fire is in the wildland-urban interface where flammable vegetation is near dwellings.

It was reported at about 6:55 p.m. Tuesday near Red Apple Road outside Cashmere. The fire quickly grew overnight and was estimated to be about 4,000 acres Wednesday morning.

The blaze was aggressively attacked Tuesday evening but there was not much daylight left that would allow air tankers and helicopters to drop water or retardant.

Red Apple Fire
Red Apple Fire. Tanker 260 reloaded many times in the Columbia River and made water drops on the Red Apple Fire. Map produced at 6:09 p.m. PDT July 14, 2021.

On Wednesday afternoon a flight tracking program noted that within a one hour period multiple helicopters and six air tankers were working on the fire including a DC-10 Very Large Air Tanker and two CL-415 scooping air tankers skimming water from the Columbia River.

Thanks and a tip of the hat go out to Carl.