Some Methow Valley fires grow, others contained

— Okanogan County emergency management officials say several fires burning in the Methow Valley today have been contained while others continue to grow.

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest officials provided the following update on fires at 9 p.m.:


  • South Fork Fire in the Gold Creek drainage has been contained to a quarter-acre and is being mopped up. Cooper Mountain Road is closed between Antoine Creek and Gold Creek.


  • Two fires — Cutthroat Fire and a small spot fire are contained 9 miles west of town. They are in patrol status.
  • The Tatie Peak Fire burning about 20 miles northwest of town is more than 100 acres. Smokejumpers and one hand crew have been assigned. No other information is available. Hart's Pass Road is closed.


  • The 2,000-acre Black Canyon Fire is burning about 6 miles southwest of town. The fire is growing without any containment. Black Canyon Forest Road No. 4010 is closed from its junction with state Higway 153. Forest Road No. 8020 is closed from Forest Road No.4340–600 road at the top of Gold Creek to Forest Road No. 8140 road at the top of Antoine Creek. The fire is spreading rapidly in dead/downed timber, brush and dry grass. Cooper Mountain Road is closed between Antoine Creek and Gold Creek.


  • No information is available on the Bear Mountain Fire about 10 miles northeast of the city.
  • At last report, the Beaver Mountain Fire was less than 70 acres, but growing. No current information is available.
  • The Eagle Creek Fire is less than an acre in size 13 miles west of the city.
  • Fire crews have been withrdrawn from assignments on the Squaw Creek Fire 20 miles south of the city due to unsafe conditions. No other information is available. Squaw Creek Road is closed at the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest boundary.
  • The Starvation Mountain Fire is burning 15 miles northeast of the city in dry timber in steep terrain.


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