OKANOGAN – Four engines and crews from the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest are in California helping to fight wildfires.
SECOND UPDATE (Sept. 2): The injured firefighter has been identified as Okanogan Fire Department Assistant Chief Christian Johnson. He is in a medically induced coma with second- and third-degree burns over 50 to 60 percent of his body.
OKANOGAN – Thunderstorms that passed through Okanogan and Ferry counties last weekend touched off several fires, but as of mid-afternoon Monday, Aug. 12, none had grown to any great size.
KELLER – The Williams Flats Fire has raced across 40,000 acres of land in the past week, with the Colville Confederated Tribes instituting more road closures in the area.
OLIVER, B.C. – The Eagle Bluff wildfire burning north of town has prompted an evacuation alert and is estimated to be at 900 hectares (about 2,224 acres) in size.
KELLER - The Williams Flats Fire has prompted Level 3 (leave now) evacuation orders in the areas of Little Nine Mile Creek West to Whitestone lookout and south to the Columbia River, according to the Ferry County Sheriff's Office.
TWISP – Rain last weekend and forecasts for cooler temperatures and higher humidity recovery are helping firefighters get a handle on three wildfires in the western part of Okanogan County.
TWISP – Evacuation notices have been lifted for the Crescent Mountain Fire area and the U.S. Forest Service has started assessing burned areas throughout the region for flooding risks.
TWISP – Okanogan County Emergency Management has issued a Level 2 (be ready) evacuation warning for Smith Canyon Road and Libby Creek Road west of Smith Canyon.
Rain and higher relative humidity over the weekend allowed firefighters to make a direct attack on the Crescent Mountain Fire, which has been burning for a month in the Twisp River drainage.
TWISP - A Level 3 (get out now) evacuation alert has been issued for West Buttermilk Creek Road and Twisp River Road west of the Buttermilk Creek intersection.
NESPELEM – All access to the Colville Indian Reservation is being restricted to certain roads because of very high fire danger, limited fire suppression resources in the region and forecasts of continued dry weather.
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