Three firefighters died this afternoon while fighting fire near Twisp.
Others firefighters reported burned
A pre-evacuation warning has been issued for the town because of a fire burning on Twisp River Road to the west.
An immediate evacuation order has been issued for Twisp River Road from Elbow Coulee westward.
Okanogan County Emergency Management has issued an evacuation notice for the area from Tunk Creek Road at Keystone Road north to state Highway 20.
Several areas near town are under evacuation notices, with some at Level 3 (highest) because of the North Star Fire.
Crews from the Okanogan County Public Utility District are focusing on preserving electric and broadband services by aggressively fighting fire where it threatens utility facilities.
While winds were whipping the Okanogan Complex Fire into a frenzy yesterday, calmer conditions gave firefighters a chance to build lines around blazes to the south.
911 services have been rerouted following several hours of outages in northern Okanogan County.
Okanogan County Emergency Management lifts evacuations for north Omak and Riverside areas
Emergency 911 service is down in the 476 telephone prefix in the Oroville area.
Firefighters knock down flames near Omak, but blazes continue to burn throughout the region.
The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning indicating critical fire weather conditions exist
Airboss fire bombers assist in firefight, but flames advance into Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest's Tonasket Ranger District.
FEMA allocates funds to help state with firefighting costs
The Stickpin Fire has devoured more than 20,000 acres of Colville National Forest in the last 36 hours and nearly 1,000 people live in the line of fire.