MALOTT Frequently changing winds have helped slow the advance of the wildfire burning north of town today.
The Salmon River hot shot firefighting team from Klamath National Forest, Ore., took up a position along West B&O Road to keep the fire away from homes.
And while hot, dry windy conditions prompted a Red Flag Warning from the National Weather Service, the fire's advance remained slow through much of the day.
About 3 p.m., the fire was burning in steep terrain featuring mostly sagebrush and dry grasses.
Fire crews along B&O Road said the wildfire was making a slow advance toward state Highway 20, which is generally closed between Okanogan and Twisp.