UPDATE: JULY 20 5:42 P.M.

Okanogan County Emergency Management issued more evacuations due to the Cedar Creek Fire. 

  • Level 2 (BE READY) has been issued for all persons living north of the Methow River from the end of Lost River, east on Lost River Road to Mazama then east on Goat Creek Road to the intersection of SR 20, including the Edelweiss area.
  • Level 2 (Be Ready) has been issued for all persons living between State Route 20 and the Methow River from the intersection of SR 20 and Goat Creek Road east towards Winthrop to Mile Post 190.5.
  • Level 2 (Be Ready) has been issued for persons living off of Wolf Creek Road between the Wolf Creek Bridge and Green Road.
  • Level 2 (BE READY) has been issued for the Sun Mountain Lodge area.

The fire backed down a hill prompting more evacuations. 

You can see the countywide evacuation map here

UPDATE: JULY 20 3:25 P.M.

Okanogan County officials continue to expand evacuation notices due to the Cedar Creek Fire. 

Level 3 evacuations are now in place for people living on the gravel portion of Wolf Creek Road from State Route 20 east to the pavement.

Okanogan County officials said "take action NOW." 

A Red Cross Shelter is in stand-by status at the Methow Valley Elementary School in the Eagle Gym. Call 509-670-5331 to contact the shelter.

You can see the countywide evacuation map here

All aircrafts batting the Cedar Creek Fire were grounded for a majority of the day due to poor visibility, according to officials.  

UPDATE: JULY 20 AT 4 A.M.

There are new Level 3 evacuations in place for people living in the area east of Mazama Bible Camp Road to Wolf Creek, along State Route 20 from milepost 182 east to milepost 185.

UPDATE JULY 19 at 2:30 P.M.

OKANOGAN COUNTY, Wash. - Level 3 evacuations are in place for people living in the area on the State Route 20 side of the Methow River and west of the Mazama entrance. 

Okanogan County officials issuing the evacuation Monday afternoon due to increased fire activity of the Cedar Creek Fire. 

Officials said people in that area need to take immediate action. 

PREVIOUS COVERAGE:

OKANOGAN COUNTY, Wash. - There are new evacuations in place for the Varden and Cedar Creek fires burning in Okanogan County.

CURRENT EVACUATION ORDERS:

  • Level 2: All people living south of the Methow River and west of Lost River Road
  • Level 1: People living north of the Methow River, up Lost River and east of Lost River Road to the intersection of Goat Creek Road and State Route (SR) 20.

Right now, SR20 North Cascades Highway remains closed to all traffic between milepost 170 and 177, approximately 20 miles west of Winthrop between Silver Star and Early Winters.

The fire is burning 1,000 acres and containment is unclear.