The latest in a seemingly endless summer of large wildfires broke out early Sunday evening south of Wenatchee, as the Rooster Comb Fire erupted on Methow Street near the foot of Squilchuck Canyon and quickly surged into the surrounding drainages.
Firewatchers put the initial size of the blaze at about 75 acres after it was reported about 4:49 p.m. The fire’s vigorous behavior led to Level 3 (get out now) evacuation notices from Methow Street to Crawford Avenue and Pitcher Canyon Road; and on Saddle Rock Loop south of Methow Street. A roadblock was put in place at Squilchuck Road and Methow Street, with motorists warned to avoid the area.
Multiple firefighting aircraft engaged the fire shortly after it was sighted, including water tankers conducting airdrops.