Oden Road fire remains at 30 percent contained - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Oden Road fire remains at 30 percent contained

This picture, sent in by a viewer, was taken from the Omak/Okanogan side of the fire This picture, sent in by a viewer, was taken from the Omak/Okanogan side of the fire

OAKNOGAN, Wash. - The Oden Road Fire burning approximately five miles west of Okanogan has burned 10,258 acres as of Monday afternoon.

Crews have not made progress in containing the fire which remains at 30 percent contained.

Authorities say they expect to have firefighters on-scene for at least a week. Crews are still working to determine how many barns and sheds known as "out-buildings" have been destroyed.

A schoolhouse built in the late 1800s is among the structures burned. Fire officials said Monday morning that so far the fire has destroyed two homes and one unoccupied recreational home. 

The lightning-sparked fire broke out Friday around 3 p.m. and strong, gusty winds that afternoon resulted in rapid fire growth despite excellent responses by local resources.

Homes were evacuated on Friday, but residents were allowed back in on Saturday. Nearly 200 homes remain on alert to be aware of potentially changing fire conditions.

Highway 20 is closed to through traffic between Twisp and Okanogan due to fire activity on both sides of the road, including falling trees and rocks.

Dry Creek Complex

Fire crews expect full containment Monday night on the Dry Creek Complex Fire which has burned 48,902 acres between Sunnyside and the Columbia River and is now 80 percent contained. 

The fires that eventually burned together to make up the complex broke out Thursday and officials say they were caused by lightning. The fire burned in sage brush and grass from 6 miles north of Sunnyside north to the Columbia River straddling Highway 241 and west of Highway 240.

The Silver Dollar Cafe and one manufactured home at the intersection of Highway 241 and Highway 24 were lost.

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