Update, 8 a.m. Tuesday: The fire is now about 60% contained, the incident management team said.

About 300 firefighters are assigned to it.


Update, 12:15 p.m. Monday: The fire is now about 50% contained at 188,852 acres, according to the Northeast Washington Interagency Incident Management Team.

About 305 firefighters are assigned to the fire, the incident management team said. The northeast portion, which was the main priority, has a good containment line and is holding.

The old Omak Mill area, which was involved in a separate fire, will need additional mop up today with heavy equipment and water tenders, the team said.

Level 3 evacuation notices have been reduced to Level 2, and roads in the fire area are only open to local traffic, the team said.

The Red Cross shelter in Brewster is now closed, but the hotline is still available at 670-5331 for help. For long-term recovery help, contact JessicaOCDCM@gmail.com or 846-5101. The Omak Community Center, 601 Benton St., is open and receiving donations.


Update, 8:25 a.m. Saturday: The Cold Springs Fire remains at about 40% containment. 

Fire crews are focused on digging containment lines in the Omak Lakes and Haley Creek areas, according to a Washington State Patrol news release. People in those areas are still under Level 2 and 3 evacuation orders. 

Power companies are putting up utility poles to restore power with assistance of fire fighters, according to the news release. Cell phone coverage remains spotty due to damaged cell towers.


Update, 9:30 p.m. Friday: The Cold Springs Fire was estimated at 40% contained Friday evening.

The fire remains 187,689 acres in size, the Northeast Washington Interagency Incident Management Team said Friday.

Crews built fire lines by hand along the steep, rocky east side of Omak Lake where dozers were ineffective. The hand crews were assisted by aircraft in stopping spread of the fire, the team said.

Omak Lake and Haley Lake remain under Level 2 and 3 evacuations.


Update, 1:10 p.m. Friday: The fire is now about 25% contained at 187,689 acres, the Northeast Washington Interagency Incident Management Team is reporting.

About 290 firefighters are assigned to the fire, with those on the ground helped by helicopter bucket operations, the incident management team said. Firefighters are working in steep, rocky terrain.

Today’s efforts are focused on the area east of Omak Lake and the Haley Lake area, the team said. This is where most of the fire activity is centered.

Four fire boss planes dropped water on that area Thursday and retardant was dropped in the Haley Creek area to protect homes, the team said. Crews worked overnight to strengthen containment lines and create additional lines.

The team said another priority is the old sawmill in Omak, which caught fire in a separate incident Tuesday. The mill and surrounding area are smoldering.


Update, 7:10 a.m. Thursday: The fire is now about 10% contained and has about 275 firefighters assigned to it.


Update, 7:30 a.m. Wednesday: The fire has reached about 163,000 acres, the Northeast Washington Interagency Incident Management Team is reporting.

Level 2 and 3 evacuation orders are in place, and Highway 155 is closed from Omak to Nespelem, the team said.

Efforts Tuesday focused on structure protection and containment lines.

Resources from the Cold Springs Fire responded to help with a separate fire at the old sawmill in Omak just before noon Tuesday, the team said. The fire spotted into the wildland between the mill and Highway 155 and consumed several acres.


OMAK — The Cold Springs Fire is now estimated at 140,000 acres and is 0% contained, according to the Northeast Washington Interagency Incident Management Team.

The fire, which started about 9:45 p.m. Sunday, spread quickly due to high winds and low humidity, the team said. The cause is under investigation.

It jumped the Columbia River at Bridgeport on Monday, leading to the Pearl Hill Fire, which has burned over 174,000 acres. The two fires are being treated as separate incidents.

Multiple structures have been lost and Level 3 evacuations and road closures are in place, the incident management team said. Highway 97 is closed from Brewster to Omak.

See wwrld.us/33ea7YR for current evacuation orders. The Red Cross, 670-5331, is coordinating shelter for evacuees and the Okanogan County Fairgrounds, 322-1621, is open to livestock and RVs.

About 200 firefighters are on the ground and air support is scheduled, the team said. Crews are from the Mount Tolman Fire Center; Okanogan County fire districts 3, 6, 8 and 15; the state Department of Natural Resources; and other local, state and federal agencies.

Tuesday’s efforts are focused on structure protection, containment lines and assessment of the fire, the team said. People are urged to stay away from the fire area.

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