Photo by Roger Harnack
At least one house was destroyed in the Tunk Block Fire today along Omak-Riverside Eastside Road south of Riverside.
As of Wednesday, August 19, 2015
OMAK Some homes have been lost in the Omak area because of the Tunk Block Fire, but no assessment of the damage has yet been made because the fire is still active.
Water drop on Tunk Block Fire
Video of a helicopter dropping water on the Tunk Block Fire. Submitted by Mark Todtentude.
People are being allowed to return to their homes north of town and east of the Okanogan River from Riverside to third HUD housing, but they should remain vigilant for the possibility of flying embers or smoldering embers, Okanogan County Emergency Manager Maurice Goodall said.
U.S. Highway 97 has been reopened between the Old Riverside Highway intersection in Omak and Riverside.
To the northwest, a fire burning on Funk Mountain north of Conconully is of concern for the town.
No evacuation orders have been issued, but many people are choosing to leave, Goodall said.
People have been isolated much of the day because of fires burning to the south in the Scotch Creek area and to the northwest at Fish Lake.
Riverside Cutoff Road, which runs between U.S. Highway 97 and the Conconully Highway, has been closed most of the day.