Wildfire Grows To 2000 Acres In Okanogan County - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Right Now:

92°
  • (Feels like 92°)
  • Clear

Today:

  • 91° |
  • 64°

7-Day Forecast

ADVERTISEMENT
Bookmark and Share

UPDATE: Wildfire Grows To 2000 Acres In Okanogan County

PHOTO: Joe Somday PHOTO: Joe Somday
  • Also on KHQ.comMore>>

  • KHQ Weather Authority

    Become a KHQ Weather Watcher!

    Become a KHQ Weather Watcher!

    Tuesday, April 5 2011 1:22 PM EDT2011-04-05 17:22:36 GMT
    Do you want to be a Weather Watcher for KHQ Local News?  You just need the ability to Skype or UStream from your computer or smart phone.>>
    Do you want to be a Weather Watcher for KHQ Local News?  You just need the ability to Skype or UStream from your computer or smart phone.>>
  • More from the Weather AuthorityMore>>

  • Interactive Radar

    HD Doppler 6i

    Watch the weather as it happens with KHQ's HD Doppler 6i Interactive Radar! >>
    Watch the weather as it happens with KHQ's HD Doppler 6i Interactive Radar! >>
OKANOGAN COUNTY, Wash. -
UPDATE: The fire is 90% contained. At least one outbuilding was destroyed. Firefighters are hoping to contain the fire on Tuesday night. So far no injuries have been reported.

PREVIOUS STORY:

OKANOGAN, Wash. (AP) - A spokesman for the Okanogan Public Utility District says power has been restored in Winthrop and Twisp.
    
The north central Washington towns lost power Monday when a wildfire brought down a transmission line. A spokesman said 200 customers remained out of service Tuesday morning in the Pleasant Valley community at Malott.
    
The fire that broke out Monday afternoon was pushed by winds through about three square miles of dry brush. It burned several utility poles and two outbuildings. About 150 firefighters from local and state agencies worked to contain it.
    
Okanogan Sheriff Frank Rogers told The Wenatchee World (http://bit.ly/12tMuDP ) the fire may have been started by a mower.
    
At least two homes were evacuated until the fire passed, and about 50 residents were warned to prepare to evacuate.
    
PREVIOUS STORY:

OKANOGAN, Wash. (AP) - Fire crews are working to contain a wildfire that is being pushed by gusty winds in north-central Washington.

The B & O Fire has burned across more than 3 square miles, or about 2,000 acres, between Okanogan and Malott, south of Omak.

The fire has closed some roads, including a 2-mile stretch of Highway 20 and B&O Road to the Methow Valley. The Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle reports that residents in those areas have been warned to be ready to evacuate if the fire grows.

The Washington state Department of Natural Resources says two helicopters are dropping water on the fire, along with a single-engine air tanker. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

© Copyright 2013 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Previous Coverage: 

Firefighters with Okanogan County and Washington DNR are fighting a wildfire that has grown to about 2000 acres near Okanogan, according to fire officials. 

Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers says the fire started south of Okanogan and burned quickly due to wind gusts. 

Right now two helicopters and two planes are helping the fight. The flames are burning mostly on Okanogan County land. 

So far, the Sheriff says two outbuildings have burned down, but they have been able to save all homes. The Sheriff also says it appears despite the winds, they now have a good handle on the fire. 

KHQ will be monitoring and updating this story as needed. 

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Spokane human rights group to apologize to sheriff, deputies

    Spokane human rights group to apologize to sheriff, deputies

    Sunday, July 23 2017 12:15 PM EDT2017-07-23 16:15:29 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - The Spokane Human Rights Commission plan to apologize to the sheriff's office for a comment one of its official made on social media regarding newly hired deputies. Vice chairwoman Ashley Torres shared a post on Facebook announcing seven new Spokane County sheriff's deputies and commented on the lack of diversity in the force.

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - The Spokane Human Rights Commission plan to apologize to the sheriff's office for a comment one of its official made on social media regarding newly hired deputies. Vice chairwoman Ashley Torres shared a post on Facebook announcing seven new Spokane County sheriff's deputies and commented on the lack of diversity in the force.

    >>
  • Police: Video shows teens watching, laughing as man drowns

    Police: Video shows teens watching, laughing as man drowns

    Saturday, July 22 2017 2:48 PM EDT2017-07-22 18:48:32 GMT

    COCOA, Fla. (AP) - Authorities in Florida say a group of teens watched and laughed as a man drowned in a retention pond last week. Jamel Dunn drowned in a retention pond in the city of Cocoa on July 9. Cocoa police say they later discovered a group of teens recorded the 31-year-old's drowning on video. The video was released by the state attorney's office Thursday and audio was published by Florida Today.

    >>

    COCOA, Fla. (AP) - Authorities in Florida say a group of teens watched and laughed as a man drowned in a retention pond last week. Jamel Dunn drowned in a retention pond in the city of Cocoa on July 9. Cocoa police say they later discovered a group of teens recorded the 31-year-old's drowning on video. The video was released by the state attorney's office Thursday and audio was published by Florida Today.

    >>
  • Washington's new DUI-E law takes effect Sunday

    Washington's new DUI-E law takes effect Sunday

    Tuesday, July 18 2017 10:02 PM EDT2017-07-19 02:02:25 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - "He was my youngest, he was my baby bear," Tina Myer said about her son that was killed by a distracted driver. It was a distracted driver that killed Tina Myer's son Cody, hitting the 23-year-old as he was working as a flagger at a construction site in December 2015. He suffered severe injuries, and died several months later. Now Myer is joining Governor Inslee, praising a new DUI-E law.

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - "He was my youngest, he was my baby bear," Tina Myer said about her son that was killed by a distracted driver. It was a distracted driver that killed Tina Myer's son Cody, hitting the 23-year-old as he was working as a flagger at a construction site in December 2015. He suffered severe injuries, and died several months later. Now Myer is joining Governor Inslee, praising a new DUI-E law.

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • Kids open lemonade stand to celebrate mom who beat blood disorder

    Kids open lemonade stand to celebrate mom who beat blood disorder

    Sunday, July 23 2017 8:03 PM EDT2017-07-24 00:03:14 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - "Help Me Hayley" was contacted regarding a local family who has been through a rough couple of months. It's a story of children rallying around their mother to make a family dream come true. Meet Kandis Workman. She says she's been fighting a devastating blood disorder. The countless  appointments and treatments have taken a toll on her young family.

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - "Help Me Hayley" was contacted regarding a local family who has been through a rough couple of months. It's a story of children rallying around their mother to make a family dream come true. Meet Kandis Workman. She says she's been fighting a devastating blood disorder. The countless  appointments and treatments have taken a toll on her young family.

    >>
  • No more holding cell phones with new driving law in effect

    No more holding cell phones with new driving law in effect

    Sunday, July 23 2017 7:32 PM EDT2017-07-23 23:32:55 GMT

    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Washington drivers will now have to put down their cell phones under a new distracted driving law. The law that went into effect Sunday prohibits drivers from holding electronic devices - including phones, tablets and other electronic gadgets - while behind the wheel. That means no reading incoming text messages while driving, or watching a quick video while stuck in traffic or sitting at a red light.

    >>

    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Washington drivers will now have to put down their cell phones under a new distracted driving law. The law that went into effect Sunday prohibits drivers from holding electronic devices - including phones, tablets and other electronic gadgets - while behind the wheel. That means no reading incoming text messages while driving, or watching a quick video while stuck in traffic or sitting at a red light.

    >>
  • Injury crash blocks highway north of Ponderay

    Injury crash blocks highway north of Ponderay

    Sunday, July 23 2017 6:42 PM EDT2017-07-23 22:42:36 GMT

    PONDERAY, Idaho - Bonner County Emergency Management reports a multi-vehicle crash closed Highway 95 in both direction Sunday afternoon. The Bonner County Sheriff's Office reports the highway is closed at milepost 490 near Elmira Road, about 11 miles north of Ponderay, while investigators gather evidence and interview witnesses.

    >>

    PONDERAY, Idaho - Bonner County Emergency Management reports a multi-vehicle crash closed Highway 95 in both direction Sunday afternoon. The Bonner County Sheriff's Office reports the highway is closed at milepost 490 near Elmira Road, about 11 miles north of Ponderay, while investigators gather evidence and interview witnesses.

    >>