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Firefighters Backburning To Save Holden Village From Wolverine Fire

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A view of smoke plumes from burnout operations near Holden Village, Washingon.

The Wolverine Fire in north central Washington has burned up more than 30,000 acres. Hotshot crews are now trying to save a small Lutheran religious retreat center called Holden Village near Lake Chelan.

Fire crews are not having a lot of success stopping or containing the Wolverine Fire burning on the northwest side of Lake Chelan. So they are now focused on keeping the fire away from the two communities, Holden and Stehekin.

Holden Village is a grouping of small lodges high up in the Cascade foothills. It’s gorgeous treed country, but this time of year it’s dry. And the Wolverine fire is at its threshold.

Hotshot crews are using drip torches to do controlled burning around the village. They want the wildfire to meet this burned area and extinguish before it overtakes the buildings.

For Stehekin, fire crews are hacking out vegetation near an air strip and gravel pit to defend that town if the fire nears closer.

Anna King calls Richland, Washington home and loves unearthing great stories about people in the Northwest. She reports for the Northwest News Network from a studio at Washington State University, Tri-Cities. She covers the Mid-Columbia region, from nuclear reactors to Mexican rodeos.