Cold Springs Fire ignites lumber mill in Omak, burning embers start several smaller fires.

Find previous coverage of the Cold Springs Fire here.


The Cold Springs Fire burning in Omak has now burned nearly 190,000 acres, or approximately 296 square miles. Officials said the fire is now 85% contained.

According to officials, most of the resources fighting the fire will be demobilized over the next few as their work is completed. This will leave a small force of local resources to manage the fire.

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Officials said level two evacuations have been reduced to level one evacuations. Fire area will still remain closed except for local traffic. Officials said if you don't live in the area, stay away. 

UPDATE: SEPT. 17 AT 8:45 A.M.

The Cold Springs fire burning in Omak has maintained acreage burned since Sept. 15. As of Thursday morning, the fire is now 80% contained.

Crews worked Wednesday to fix roads and fences that were damaged during the fire's start. Crews said smoke cleared out enough to get a recon flight over the fire. The flight was to check on containment lines and look for anything that could cause a flare up. There are no areas of concern, officials said.

Most of the fire line is in patrol status and the entire fire is expected to be in patrol status in the next two days. 

UPDATE: SEPT. 16 AT 8:45 A.M.

The Cold Springs Fire burning in Omak maintained Tuesday's acreage burned at 188,852 acres, or 134 miles of perimeter. According to officials, the fire is now 70% contained. 

78 primary and 60 secondary structures have been lost due to the fire, officials said. Homes and infrastructures remain at risk. The cause of the fire still remains under investigation.

UPDATE: SEPT. 15 AT 8:30 A.M.

The Cold Springs Fire is now burning 188,852 acres and is 60% contained. According to fire officials, homes and infrastructures are still at risk. 

Fire officials said crews will continue to work in the mill area, breaking up piles of wood shavings that have been smoldering. The northeast part of the fire has been the focus for the last several days and is now contained and in patrol status, officials said. 

Repair groups have been set up to start working on roads and fencing where the initial attack destroyed. Containment lines are being patrolled and crews are mopping up additional hot spots within the perimeter of the fire. Power companies are making progress with the help of firefighters who are clearing hazard trees around work sites. 

UPDATE: SEPT. 11 AT 5:15 A.M.

The Cold Springs Fire is now burning 187,689 acres and is 25% contained. 

Thursday crews focused on the area east of Omak Lake and Haley Lake. Firefighters were assisted by four fire boss planes that dropped water in the area. 

Crews began working on restoring damaged power poles and worked on restoring infrastructure. 

People are still urged to stay away from the area. 


The Cold Springs Fire is now burning 172,000 acres and is 10% contained, according to officials Thursday morning.

The Okanogan County Sheriff's Office is now investigating the death of a one-year-old and the serious injury of two people who were found yesterday. Multiple structures have been lost due to the fire and Level 2 and Level 3 evacuations remain in place. 

The Okanogan County Fairgrounds are open for livestock and has areas for RVs. The Red Cross is coordinating shelter for people who have been evacuated. Contact them at (509) 670-5331. 

UPDATE: SEPT. 9 AT 8:40 P.M. 

The Cold Springs Fire acreage is still at 163,000 acres and has not grown since the last update Wednesday morning. The fire is 10 percent contained. 

According to Incident Commander Dean Kiefer, fire crews focused on structure protection of homes and will continue through the night. 

Level 2 and Level 3 evacuations still remain in place. 

The Okanogan County Fairground is open for livestock and has an area for RV campers. 

The Red Cross is coordinating shelter for those who are evacuated. Their number is 509-670-5331


Firefighters worked overnight on the Cold Springs Fire, focusing on structure protection and working on containment lines. According to officials, additional people arrived overnight and will assist today. Aircraft will also be over the fire again today. Officials said aircraft assistance was effective yesterday.

Officials said multiple structures have been lost and level 2 and 3 evacuations remain in place. For current orders, click here

The Cold Springs Fire is estimated to be burning 163,000 acres and is 0% contained.