Red Apple Fire near Wenatchee grows to 11,000 acres, threatens over 1,500 homes

The Red Apple Fire burning near Wenatchee continues to grow and threaten homes Thursday following a state of emergency issued for Chelan County. 

The wildfire stretching as far west as U.S. Highway 2 to as far east as Warm Springs Canyon Rd. grew to 11,000 acres and remains 10 percent contained, according to the latest InciWeb update at noon Thursday. 

The fire started just before 7 p.m. Tuesday and is currently threatening more than 1,500 homes, orchards, and a power substation.

No structures have been lost, but those 1,500 homes – the same amount threatened on Wednesday – are all under varying levels of evacuations, according to the Chelan County Sheriff's Office. 

The Chelan County Sheriff's Office said they executed a search warrant a residence believed to have been the origin of the fire. 

The investigation is still ongoing. 

Experts say the main concern is that it is very dry with a lot of grass and sage fueling it.

Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste on Tuesday authorized the mobilization of state resources to help local firefighters.

The Chelan County area has already experienced a wildfire this year. The Batterman Fire, which grew to more than 14,000 acres, started on July 4 and was finally contained last Saturday.

A Red Cross shelter is available to residents who have been displaced. It is located at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in the 500 block of Northwestern Avenue. 

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