Omak, WA – Firefighting efforts today focused on structure protection and working on containment lines. Just before noon a structure fire was reported at the Old Mill in Omak. Crews from the Cold Springs Fire responded to assist the local jurisdictions when the fire ignited spot fires to the east. Air resources supported the firefighting efforts on the ground and helped keep the fires from spreading further.Additional crews have arrived for night operations and look to make additional progress overnight.
There are approximately 200 firefighters engaged in firefighting operations.
Multiple structures have been lost and level 2 & 3 evacuation orders are in place. For current evacuation orders please see www.Okanogandem.org . Click on the incidents tab and locate the specific incident.
Highway 155 is closed from Omak to Nespelem. The Cold Springs Fire started Sunday evening at approximately 9:45 pm. and quickly spread due to high winds and low relative humidity.
The fire is currently estimated at 163,000 acres with 0% containment. Firefighters from Mt. Tolman Fire Center, Okanogan County Fire Districts 3, 6, 8, & 15 along with Washington State Department of Natural Resources and numerous federal, state and other local agencies continue to assist with fire suppression.
Okanogan County Fairgrounds is open for livestock and has areas for RV campers. The Red Cross is coordinating shelter for those that have been evacuated. The contact information for the Red Cross is 509 670-5331. Citizen and firefighter safety is our number one priority. Citizens are asked to remain clear of the fire area.
The Northeast Washington Interagency Type 3 IMT Team 2 assumed command of the incident this morning. There are no firefighter injuries reported at this time.
Fire information and the incident command post is located at Omak Stampede grounds in Omak. Fire information contact is Jeff Sevigney at (509) 993-2946 or Don Malone at (509) 822-8125 or you can also follow us on Facebook
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Cold Springs Fire Fire
Size: Approx. 163,000 acres.
Initial Start: 09/6/20 at approx. 9:45 pm.
Location: Omak, WA
Structures: Several structures and outbuildings have been lost
Hazards: Steep Terrain, Rattlesnakes
Values at Risk: Homes and infrastructure
Cause: Under Investigation
Personnel: Approx. 200
Road Closures: Highway 155 is closed from Omak to Nespelem