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Pickens North fire in Okanogan County now 80 percent contained

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OKANOGAN COUNTY, Wash. -

Update August 27, 2016 12:15 pm:

Fire crews report the Pickens North fire burning about 5 miles north of the town of Tonasket in Okanogan County is roughly 700 acres in size Saturday and 80 percent contained.

The fire broke out Wednesday evening in the vicinity of Whiskey Creek Road and Oberg Lake. Crews will continue to focus on reinforcing containment lines and mop up around the perimeter of the fire. 

An initial attack team has been established within the fire and is prepared to respond to new fire starts if the weather becomes an issue on Saturday.

Previous coverage:

Local firefighters and Department of Natural Resources crews are fighting a brush fire from the air and the ground Wednesday evening near the town of Ellisford in Okanogan County. 

DNR says the fire has burned about 250 acres as of Wednesday night. It started near the intersection of Pickens Valley Road and Round Up Road and was moving south west. Heavy air tankers and aircraft are fighting the blaze from the air while dozers on the ground are constructing fire lines. Local fire crews and DNR crews are fighting the flames from the ground.

There is no word yet on what may have caused the fire.

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