Omak, WA – Today: The area like most of Eastern Washington is dealing with smoke from the south. These conditions will stick around through the day while crews are on the line. Firefighters today will continue their focus on the northeast portion of the fire which is the Omak Lake and Haley Creek area where they will work on direct attack and constructing primary and secondary line. Dozers and tenders will work the old mill area by pulling apart the large wood piles that are still smoldering. Firefighters will continue to strengthen containment lines and patrol areas that have good containment. Crews are still assisting the power companies with burned trees near the power lines to make their work areas safe. Omak Lake and Haley Creek area are still under level 2 and 3 evacuation levels.
Power and cell phone coverage will continue to be a challenge in some areas due to hundreds of power poles destroyed and cell phone towers damaged or destroyed during initial attack. Residents will see smoke from the interior of the fire for several days. Crews are patrolling these areas to keep an eye on these hot spots.
The Cold Springs Fire started Sunday evening and is 188,852 acres with 45% containment. There are approximately 283 firefighters from local agencies and from around the region that are engaged in firefighting operations.
Several structures and outbuildings were damaged and/or lost during initial attack. The team is continuing structure assessments.
The Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of an infant and serious injury of 2 individuals that were found Wednesday within the fire perimeter.
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. The Red Cross has opened a shelter in Brewster. Long term recovery inquiries can be done by email (JessicaOCDCM@gmail.com) or phone (509-846-5101). The Omak community center @ 601 Benton St. in Omak is open and receiving donations. Citizen and firefighter safety are the number one priority. Citizens are asked to remain clear of the fire area.
For current evacuation orders please see www.Okanogandem.org. Click on the incidents tab and locate the specific incident. Columbia River Rd. remains closed.
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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Fire Size: Approx. 188,852 acres.
Initial Start: 09/6/20 at approx. 9:45 pm.
Location: Omak, WA
Several structures and outbuildings have been lost
Hazards: Steep Terrain, Rattlesnakes
Values at Risk: Homes and infrastructure
Cause: Under Investigation
Personnel: Approx. 283
Road Closures: Columbia River Road
SAFETY MESSAGE: Drive with caution, slow down and turn your lights on due to visibility