WA wildfire threatens town

A wildfire is threatening a rural Washington community, prompting an evacuation order.

BY HEATHER MOYER | STEHEKIN, Wash. | September 13, 2006


A wildfire is threatening a rural Washington community, prompting an evacuation order.

Residents in the small mountain town of Stehekin are watching the nearby Flick Wildfire carefully as it continues to move closer. The 7,500-acre wildfire has been burning for weeks, with steep mountain terrain and dry weather making the battle harder for firefighters.

An evacuation order is in effect for the town's 60 residents and all tourists, but reports say many residents are refusing to leave. Situated by Lake Chelan in North Cascades National Park, Stehekin relies heavily on tourism and residents are worried the fire will negatively impact the economy.

The wildfire is human-caused and is only 35% contained. Stehekin officials held a town meeting Tuesday night to answer questions and distribute information.

Wildfires have burned more close to nine million acres so far in 2006.


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