[7/14/21] Okanogan County Fires

Posted in Breaking News, Fire and EMS

Several wildfires are burning in Okanogan County, prompting an evacuation order for the town of Nespelem on the Colville Indian Reservation.

The state Department of Natural Resources said there were power outages in the area and phone lines are down. Okanogan County Emergency Management said Nespelem, Buffalo Lake, Cache Creek and surrounding areas are under mandatory evacuation notices. State Route 155 is open for people to get out. As of Tuesday morning, seven structures, including three homes, were lost. Seven outbuildings were also lost.  Here’s Maurice Goodall with Okanogan County Emergency Management:

A stretch of SR 20, the North Cascades Highway, has been closed since Monday, and will likely be closed through the weekend.  The section that has been closed goes from Milepost 170 to 177 approximately 20 miles west of Winthrop between Silver Star and Early Winters.