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Cold Springs Fire

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Colville Agency
Bureau of Indian Affairs
Washington
Nespelem, WA 99155

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Morning update 9/16/20

Cold Springs Fire Wildfire
News – 9/16/2020

 Omak, WA – Crews will continue the mop up and repair the roads and fences that were damaged during initial attack. The northeast portion of the fire that was a high priority for several days is now in patrol status.  The footprint of the fire is over 293 square miles with a perimeter of 134 miles. Firefighters are patrolling and looking for any remaining hot spots that could be a threat to the containment lines. Power companies are making progress with the help of firefighters that are clearing hazard trees around their work sites.

 The Cold Springs Fire started on Sunday evening 9/6/20 and is 188,852 acres with 70% containment. Approximately 78 primary residences and 60 secondary buildings were lost or damaged during initial attack operations. There are approximately 280 firefighters from local agencies and from around the region that are engaged in firefighting operations.

 The Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of an infant and serious injury of 2 individuals that were found Wednesday within the fire perimeter. 

 Okanogan County Fairgrounds is open for livestock and has areas for RV campers. If you need assistance with shelter you can contact the Red Cross @ 509 670-5331. Long term recovery inquiries can be done by email @ (JessicaOCDCM@gmail.com) or phone @509-846-5101.  

 For current evacuation orders please visit www.Okanogandem.org. Click on the incidents tab and locate the specific incident. All level 3 evacuation levels have been reduced and are now level 2. Level 2 means you need to be ready to go at a moments notice. Roads in the fire area will remain closed except for local traffic. Motorist should use extreme caution due to the hazards within the fire area. If you do not live in that area, please stay out.

 Donation centers in the area are now full and items are being distributed. Thank you to the community and surrounding areas for the support to the local donation sites. Monetary donations can be made to LIHEAP @ 509-634-2857 or contact your favorite charity.

 Fire information and the incident command post is located at Omak Stampede grounds in Omak. Fire information contact is Jeff Sevigney at (509) 993-2946 or Don Malone at (509) 822-8125 or you can also follow us on Facebook @NEWIMT3, and Inciweb @ https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident7161