OLYMPIA – Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz, alongside Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation Chairman Rodney Cawston, will tour the Cold Springs Fire in and around Omak to survey the damage and meet with firefighters, local officials and others. 
The Cold Springs Fire is the site of the first wildfire-related fatality this year. The fire, located in northeast Washington, has burned 187,689 acres and is 25% contained as of today. It was one of many fires that broke out across Washington state on Labor Day. Since Sept. 7, nearly 627,000 acres have burned in Washington state.
Commissioner Franz, who leads Washington’s wildfire fighting force, will tour the town and surrounding area with tribal officials, wildfire leaders and local officials at 10:30 a.m., Monday, Sept. 14.
Media members are invited to accompany the fireline visit, which will be followed by interview opportunities at 421 Stampede Drive, Omak (The Omak Stampede).  
When: Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, 10:30 a.m.
COVID-19 mitigation: All media personnel will be required to wear a face mask and follow social distancing protocols during the event. 
Please do not attend this event if you have a fever, cough, experience shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, loss of taste or smell, or have been exposed to someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19.
  • Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation Chairman Rodney Cawston
  • Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz
  • Wildfire Incident Commanders
  • Local officials
MEDIA STAGING AREA: The Omak Stampede, 421 Stampede Dr. East, Omak, Wash. (Directions)


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