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Rain Showers Dampen Threat Of Wildfires Near Chelan

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Sporadic rain Thursday helped keep wildfires from spreading in the Wenatchee National Forest in northcentral Washington, and officials planned to send firefighters home beginning today.

“They will leave a couple crews and a couple helicopters there to continue monitoring the fires, principally the Prince Creek fire, but the rest will go back to their normal stations,” forest spokeswoman Robin DeMario said.

Thirty-six fires covering about 700 acres were ignited early Monday by lightning, DeMario said. Most burned no more than an acre and were out by Tuesday.

The highest-priority blaze for firefighters has been the 150-acre fire burning on rugged terrain below Pot Peak, about five miles south of Twenty-Five Mile Creek Campground, DeMario said.

Firefighters worked Thursday to strengthen a line around the remote site, where debris left over from a 1970 firestorm was feeding the new blaze, she said. The fire was declared fully contained Thursday afternoon.

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