The pilot killed in a helicopter crash that occurred July 24th on Stemilt Hill south of Wenatchee has been identified. Authorities say 40-year old Tobey Vigil of Beaverton, Oregon quickly died of blunt force trauma when the helicopter he was piloting rolled onto its right side and went down. Chelan County Undersheriff John Wisemore says the Bell 206A Jet Ranger was drying cherries at the time of crash. Vigil was working for Applebee Aviation of Banks, Oregon. The NTSB and FAA are looking into the cause of the crash.
A vast amount of activity was seen in the interior of the Carlton Complex Fire Tuesday. Fire Information Officer Alan Hoffmeister explains. Hoffmeister says the primary area of concern was in the Gold Creek area five miles southwest of Carlton. Firefighting efforts were also a struggle in the Leecher Mountain area. Leacher Mountain is at northwestern edge of the 20-thousand acre donut hole that remains untouched by the blaze. Hoffmeister says burnouts and air attacks will take place in the problem areas mentioned on Wednesday. Looking at a map, Hoffmeister says the shape of the fire remains unchanged, its still 67-percent contained burning at 250-thousand acres.
Homes along Hwy 2 are still on high alert as crews fight to contain the northern aspect of the 11-thousand acre Chiwaukum Creek Fire near Plain. Fire Information Officer Bob McGregor... Due to the high heat index, McGregor says there were concerns that the fire would flare-up beyond fire crew control but that didn't happen. A number of firefighters will be on patrol Wednesday in search for new fire starts due to anticipated lightning storms in the area. The Chiwaukum Creek Fire is 25-percent contained, the fire burned slow Tuesday. Fire PIO Bob McGregor says the Mills Canyon Fire is buttoned up and on patrol status, the Kelly Mountain fire is 70-percent contained. Though, the 11-hundred acre Duncan Creek fire is still 0-percent contained after two weeks of activity. McGregor says terrain as been the biggest hurdle. A timetable for containment on the Duncan Fire has yet to be determined.
Okanogan County Sheriff reports a new fire is burning in north Okanogan County in the area of Toroda Mountain, about 10 miles northwest of Republic. Initial Attack resources are on the scene, with more en route. Evacuation notifications are being delivered by Sheriff's deputies in the area of West Fork Cougar Creek Rd...