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Warehouse Fire Puts Smoke, Boil Water Recommendation Into Peshastin Overnight

A massive warehouse fire at Blue Bird in Peshastin pumped heavy smoke into the Wenatchee Valley overnight and prompted a 48-hour boil water recommendation for Peshastin residents.

Chelan County firefighters from Peshastin, Leavenworth, Cashmere and Wenatchee, as well as Cascade ambulance, responded to Peshastin Mill Road a little after 7 p.m. yesterday to find the west side of the cold storage building in flames.

The fire was visible from Highway 2 and continued to burn for several hours. The cause is currently unclear, as well as the extent of the damage.

Chelan County Emergency Management issued a 48-hour boil water recommendation for residents of Peshastin, as there’s concern from water district officials that chemicals or materials related to the fire could seep into a nearby well. The water district’s electrical equipment building is also close to the Bluebird facility. The boil water notice recommendation is in place as a precaution, officials said.

Peshastin Mill Road is still an active fire area and road closures will likely remain in effect for the day.


  1. Rex King on March 4, 2019 at 10:56 am

    You left out Fire District 6 And it was a District 6 fire

    • Dan Langager on March 4, 2019 at 11:10 am

      Thanks Rex, District 6 includes Peshastin and Cashmere. Responding agencies were Chelan County Fire Districts 6 (Peshastin, Dryden, Cashmere, Monitor), 3 (Leavenworth), 9 (Lake Wenatchee) and 1 (Wenatchee).

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