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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 9/18/20

Cold Springs Fire Wildfire
News – 9/18/2020

Omak, WA – Yesterday crews continued their work on repairing fencing and roads that were damaged during initial attack operations. On the northeast corner of the fire crews will continue repair work and chipping operations where containment lines were constructed. Most of the resources fighting this fire will be demobilized over the next few days as their work is completed, leaving a small force of local resources to manage the fire under a Type 4 team.    

The Cold Springs Fire started on Sunday evening 9/6/20 and is 189,923 acres and is now 85% contained. Approximately 78 primary residences and 60 secondary buildings were lost or damaged during initial attack operations. There are approximately 142 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 9/9/20 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. The level 2 evacuation levels have been reduced to a level 1. Level 1 evacuation means to “get ready” to go. The fire area will remain closed except for local traffic. 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