August 3, 2015 Lucerne, WA--- At the direction of the US Forest Service, on July 31 Rio Tinto evacuated 260 Holden Mine Cleanup personnel from the project site, in north-central Washington. Warmer, drier weather conditions have increased the intensity of the Wolverine Wildfire, which is burning near the project site. No equipment has been lost or damaged to date. In preparation for the evacuation, Rio Tinto moved all heavy equipment to the top of the tailings piles to keep it away from trees in the area. The Forest Service ordered the evacuation as the fire continues to grow and threatens area access and evacuation roads. Holden is home to approximately 150 Holden Village residents and 200 mine remediation employees.
“We don’t know how long the evacuation order will be in effect,” said Dave Cline, Rio Tinto Holden Mine Cleanup Project Manager. “The main thing is that our employees are safe. The fire is moving very fast, and the situation is changing daily. Obviously, we are watching very closely.”
Lightning ignited the Wolverine fire June 29. It is has spread quickly and now covers more than 4000 acres.
For more information: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4354/
Community Information Meeting
The Rio Tinto Holden Mine Cleanup Project begins another year of major construction this spring. Join us on April 29 when we'll show you what we’ve done and let you about what we plan to do in 2015 and beyond.
When: Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 4 - 6:30 p.m.
Where: Campbell’s Resort, Chelan, Washington
For meeting details, please click here.