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Remote Washington Village Watchful As Wolverine Fire 'Smolders In The Rocks'

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An aerial view of the smoldering Wolverine Fire on the shores of Lake Chelan.

A remote mountain village on the Northwest end of Lake Chelan in Washington state, was braced for an evacuation order because of wildfire Monday night.

Higher humidity and lower temperatures have helped firefighters get the Wolverine Fire more under control. But Holden Village has only one road in and one road out.

At times the Lutheran retreat center and mining cleanup crews there can swell to several hundred people. You can only reach Holden Village by taking a long ferry ride and then driving or hiking several miles of steep, twisting mountain road.

The Wolverine Fire has burned only 300 acres so far, but it was burning near the road – threatening to cut people off from the ferries.

“Crews have gone in and established fire break along that road. And are prepared to defend it if necessary,” interagency spokesman Gerry Perry said.

Perry said the fire is now less threatening and is “smoldering in the rocks.” Helicopters are flying the fire daily to make sure it’s not moving.