Wildhorse Fire grows to 120 acres

Mount Hull area fire is one of 12 to start today in Okanogan County

A plume of smoke rises from the Wildhorse Fire burning Monday near Mount Hull outside of Oroville.

Charles Rosenow
A plume of smoke rises from the Wildhorse Fire burning Monday near Mount Hull outside of Oroville.



— Seven of the 12 fires that started today continue to burn without containment, including the Wildhorse Fire in the Mount Hull area.

According to Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest Tonasket Ranger District Spokeswoman Shannon O'Brien, the Wildhorse Fire had grown to about 120 acres as of 9 p.m. The blaze is burning in timber northwest of Summit Lake.

Three crews and a helitack team are working the fire in rocky terrain, she said.

The size of the other 11 fires were "small" she said, noting five are contained.

"All of the fires were small; mostly less than 1 acre and they were all east of the Okanogan River and north of Aeneas Valley," she said.

Some trails in fire areas of the ranger district have been closed, she said, noting the popular Whistler Canyon Trail and those portions of the Pacific Northwest Trail on national forest lands within Township 40N and Range 27 and 28E are among them.

The next update on the fire is expected to be released Tuesday morning.



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