Newby Lake fire moving southeast

— Pushed by southeasterly winds, the Newby Lake wildfire has breached the U.S.-Canada border in a second location.

According to Canadian wildfire officials, the fire is burning in the Long Draw Creek area west of Goodenough Peak.

It has grown more than 1,000 acres since Sunday morning, officials said.

U.S. Forest Service Tonasket Ranger District spokeswoman Shannon O'Brien confirmed the fire's growth, estimating it is now about 1,453 acres.

Five fie crews and a Type 2 incident management team have been requested this morning. A fire briefing is slated for noon today.

In addition to the request for fire support, parts of the Pasayten Wildness Area and other areas of Okanogan-Wenatchee Nationals Forest have been closed to hiking.

"The area closure that has been in place will be expanded to encompass all national forest Lands — both in and out of the Pasayten Wilderness — north of Fourteen Mile and Iron Gate trailheads and from Windy Peak north to Haig Mountain and the Canadian border, O'Brien said.

The fire was started by lightning strike west of Keremeos.


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