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LAKE MOSES — The Pioneer Fire, burning on the eastern shore of Lake Chelan, is still spreading and had reached 12,265 acres as of Wednesday, according to the Washington State Department of Natural Resources. Containment remains at 14%. The fire, which has been raging since June 8, is being fought by 818 firefighters, including six firefighters from the Moses Lake Fire Department, according to MLFD spokeswoman Heather Kok.

“We have a firefighter who has been there since June 26,” Kok said on Wednesday. “Two firefighters have been providing medical assistance since June 29, and yesterday we sent up another three-man team.”

A fire broke out on Tuesday afternoon in the steep terrain above the Snake River outside Clarkston in southeastern Washington. The fire, which was named the Red Wolf Fire, was quickly brought under control by aircraft because many parts of the terrain were inaccessible to firefighters on the ground. By Wednesday, the fire was fully contained to an area of ​​10 acres.

“Fire managers stated that without the quick assistance of Clarkston-based Leading Aviation helicopter service, the fire would have raced up the hill and could have consumed thousands of acres,” Asotin County Fire District No. 1 wrote in a statement. “The highly experienced pilots fought the flames with water while maneuvering around power lines.”

According to NIFC, these other fires also burned in Washington on Wednesday:

• Fire 507, about 15 miles southeast of Olympia, was discovered Tuesday afternoon and had expanded to 10 acres by Wednesday. The cause was human activity, but information on costs and containment was not available.

• The 1980 Slide Ranch Fire, discovered on June 22 about 20 miles southwest of Yakima, was 99% contained at 3,166 acres as of Tuesday. The fire was human-caused and costs were estimated at $4 million.

• The Balsam Root Fire on the northwest outskirts of Wenatchee was fully contained to 305 acres on Wednesday. Extinguishing costs were estimated at $446,859.

• The Gold Creek Fire, discovered June 22 in the Methow Valley, about 31 miles southwest of Omak, was fully contained to 278 acres as of Wednesday at an estimated cost of $1.7 million. The cause of the fire was unknown.

• The Joe Barker Fire in northern Walla Walla County, about 43 miles northeast of Pasco, was discovered on July 3. It was fully contained at 1,436 acres and firefighting costs were estimated at $30,000.

• The Middle Mountain Fire, about 34 miles northeast of Grand Coulee, was discovered on July 4 and was 80% contained to 14.2 acres as of Wednesday. Costs were estimated at $3 million and the cause is believed to be natural.

• The Morgan Lake Fire in the Columbia National Wildlife Refuge was discovered on July 3 and was 120 acres as of Wednesday. Cost and containment information was not available.

• The Mutual Aid 20151 fire, discovered June 27 just a few miles southwest of Clarkston, was still burning at 50 acres as of Wednesday. Cost and containment information was not yet available and the cause was unknown.

• The Route 11 fire, raging about 12 miles southwest of Mansfield, was fully contained to 840 acres Wednesday at an estimated cost of $209,000.

• The Sand Flat Fire, about 2 miles northeast of Omak, was discovered on July 4 and was still 120 acres in size as of Wednesday. The cause was undetermined and information on costs and containment was not available.

• The Shoofly Fire in the Cascades, about 45 miles northwest of Wenatchee, remained uncontained at 125 acres as of Wednesday, with estimated costs at $1 million.

Other fires reported across the state have burned less than 10 acres and are not included in this report. Most fires are less than 1 acre in size.

Air quality in Grant and Adams counties was good on Wednesday, according to the website AirNow, which is run by a consortium of government agencies.

Joel Martin can be reached via email at [email protected].

A helicopter drops a load of water on the Red Wolf Fire on the Snake River near Clarkston.