Sleepy Hollow Fire in Wenatchee
Fires continued to smolder around Wenatchee Monday morning as firefighters worked to contain a fast-spreading blaze that threatened homes in the hills and an industrial fire sent plumes of smoke over the Columbia River.
About 3,000 acres and as many as two dozen structures burned in the hills west of downtown Sunday evening. About 200 people spent the night in an emergency shelter after being forced to leave their homes.
The so-called Sleepy Hollow fire burned in the hills to the west of downtown Wenatchee on Sunday evening. Embers ignited a fire in the downtown area, at a recycling facility. The roof of that building has collapsed, officials said this morning.
As crews continue working to control a wildfire that scorched 3,000 acres near Wenatchee and burned two dozen or more structures, authorities just warned of an ammonia leak at a fruit-packing plant there and ordered nearby residents to take shelter.
Chelan County Emergency Managment told residents to “Go indoors, shut windows and doors, shut off air conditioning, and move to the inner-most room to get away from the windows.” The Blue Bird Inc. plant caught fire early today and is located at 1470 Walla Walla Ave. in Wenatchee.
Evacuations were ordered near the town of Monitor, requiring residents to leave immediately. That warning was also issued to residents living in the hills west of Western Avenue, where a line of scorched earth zigzagged its way across the hills.
The Broadview neighborhood in Wenatchee, Wash. was devastated by the Sleepy Hollow fire. The neighborhood lost 24-28 structures.