LUCERNE — A big wildfire burning along the west shore of Lake Chelan has grown to nearly 54 square miles, but firefighters were keeping it away from the communities of Holden Village and Stehekin.
The wildfire in steep timber remained about 20 percent contained on Tuesday. Nearly 600 people are battling the fire.
Gusty winds on Monday evening increased fire activity, causing it to grow toward Holden Village.
Fire officials say sprinkler systems remain in place soaking structures and vegetation in and around Holden Village.
Crews in Stehekin continued to improve fuel breaks. All businesses in Stehekin remain open.
The southern edge of the fire is 12 miles up from 25-Mile Creek campground.