Cold Springs Canyon Pearl Hill Fire puts multiple areas on Level 2, 3 evacuation notices


Mike Maltais/QCH The rising sun peeks over the horizon to watch the wind-driven flames and smoke advance southward. The Cold Springs Canyon Pearl Hill Fire started late Sunday, Sept. 6 in the Cold Springs area put residents on Level 2. Early on Monday, Sept. 7, multiple areas were put on Level 2 and 3 evacuation notices, including the Cameron Lake Road area, City of Bridgeport and City of Mansfield. The Red Cross started a Virtual Temporary Evacuation Point (VTEP)   and persons needing shelter should contact the Red Cross 509-670-5331. Persons needing to evacuate livestock can use the Okanogan County Fair Grounds. Their number is 509-322-1621.

Brewster fire chief Dylan Gamble, third from left in dark jacket, confers with a fire crew to plan strategy with the resources at hand.

A  firefighter sets some roadside weeds ablaze with a propane torch to create a backfire in an attempt to stop the westward progress of the wildfire along Cameron Lake Road.

Looking north from South Cameron Lake Road about 8 miles east of State Route 97, a line of fire slowly burns westward while bring driven by a heavy south wind toward Bridgeport.

As vehicles gather near the fireline, a tractor pulling a cultivator, left, heads out to plow a firebreak along the western edge of the flames.

Fire trucks depart the driveway of the Maurice Joy ranch before sunrise and head west to confront the fire line about one-quarter mile further east.

A District 15 fire truck monitors the line of flames advancing south and west as it waits for other support vehicles to arrive.

Sept. 9 Update

- Omak, WA - Firefighting efforts overnight focused on structure
protection and working on containment lines. Additional personnel
arrived overnight and will be on the fire line today. Structure
protection is a primary focus and will continue throughout the day.
Air resources will be in over the fire again to assist with the
firefighting efforts on the ground. Aircraft were used on the fire
yesterday and were highly effective. Firefighters will be assessing
properties that were lost as well as damaged infrastructure while on
the line today. Temperatures today will be back in the 90's with low
relative humidity levels and light winds.  There are approximately 200
firefighters engaged in firefighting operations.

Multiple structures have been lost and level 2 & 3 evacuation orders
are in place.   For current evacuation orders please see
www.Okanogandem.org<http://www.Okanogandem.org> . Click on the
incidents tab and locate the specific incident.  Highway 155 is closed
from Omak to Nespelem. Fire managers are assessing the closure this
morning and updates will follow.

The Cold Springs Fire started Sunday evening at approximately 9:45 pm.
and quickly spread due to high winds and low relative humidity. The
fire is currently estimated at 163,000 acres with 0% containment.
Firefighters from Mt. Tolman Fire Center, Okanogan County Fire
Districts 3, 6, 8, & 15 along with Washington State Department of
Natural Resources and numerous federal, state and other local agencies
continue to assist with fire suppression.

Okanogan County Fairgrounds is open for livestock and has areas for RV
campers. The Red Cross is coordinating shelter for those that have
been evacuated. The contact information for the Red Cross is 509
670-5331. The Red Cross has opened a shelter in Brewster. Citizen and
firefighter safety are the number one priority.  Citizens are asked to
remain clear of the fire area.

The Northeast Washington Interagency Type 3 IMT Team 2 assumed command
of the incident on September 8th. There are no firefighter injuries
reported at this time.

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

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