Oden Road fire at 70 percent contained - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Oden Road fire at 70 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

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Oden Road Fire burning approximately five miles west of Okanogan did not grow overnight Monday and as of Tuesday afternoon is 70 percent contained.

The section of Highway 20 between Twisp and Okanagon, locally referred to as "Loup Loup Pass," has been reopened.

The speed limit through the fire area has temporarily been set at 35 mph due to the potential for encountering rocks or other debris that could have rolled onto the roadway.

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.

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