Omak, WA – 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 140,000 acres with 0% containment at this time Firefighters from Mt. Tolman Fire Center, Okanogan County Fire Districts 3, 6, 8, 15, Washington State Department of Natural Resources and numerous federal, state and local agencies continue to assist with fire suppression.
Firefighting efforts today will focus on structure protection, containment lines and getting a good assessment of the fire. There are approximately 200 firefighters on the ground and air support is scheduled for today. Crews will continue to work through the day and overnight and expect to make additional progress. Multiple structures have been lost and level 3 evacuation orders and road closures are still in place.
For current evacuation orders please see www.Okanogandem.org . Click on the incidents tab and locate the specific incident. Highway 97 from Brewster to Omak remains closed. 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. Currently there are approximately 200 personnel assigned to the fire. Northeast Washington Interagency Type 3 IMT Team 2 has assumed command of the incident.
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
@NEWIMT3, and Inciweb @ https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident7161