Sheriff's office investigating the death of an infant, serious injury of his parents

Three area fires consume 197,080 acres

Pearl Hill Fire 174,000 acres, bottom of map, is 41% contained. Cold Spring Fire at 172,000 acres, is 10% contained, top of map

Apple Acres Fire is at 5,880 acres as of Sept. 10

OMAK -  The Okanogan County Sheriff's Office is currently
investigating the death of an infant and serious injury of 2
individuals that were found today (Sept. 9) within the fire perimeter. Multiple
structures have been lost and level 2 & 3 evacuation orders are in
place.
 

Pearl Hill Fire 174,000 acres, 41% contained, Cold Spring Fire at 172,000 acres, 10% contained

Pearl Hill Fire Update for Sept. 9, 136 personal fighting the fire

The Pearl Hill Fire started Sept.7, at 3:39 a.m. near Bridgeport.  The fire spread quickly due to strong winds and low relative humidity.  Local fire crews responded and provided point protection.  Multiple structures have been lost.  No injuries have been reported.  Level 3 evacuations and numerous road closures are in effect. Current evacuation orders and road closures can be found at facebook.com/douglascountywa/. Residents can call 509-670-5331 for Red Cross assistance.  The North Central Washington Fairgrounds  in Waterville is available for livestock. They can be reached at 509-745-8480. The incident command post is located at Chelan High School, as is the Apple Acres Fire.
 
Projected Incident Activity
South and southwest fire growth toward Mansfield and Waterville. Suppression along perimeter containment lines, reinforce structural protection lines around primary residences and critical infrastructure.
 

Cold Springs Fire Updated for Sept. 9, 172 personal fighting the fire

The Cold Springs Fire started Sept. 6, at 9:45 p.m. near Omak.  The fire spread quickly due to strong winds and low relative humidity.  Local fire crews responded and provided point protection.  Multiple structures have been lost. Level 3 evacuations and numerous road closures are in effect.  Current evacuation orders and road closures can be found at www.okanogandem.org. Residents can call 509-670-5331 for Red Cross assistance.  The Okanogan Co Fairgrounds is available for livestock.  Northeast Washington Interagency Incident Management Team 2 assumed command of the fire Sept. 8 at 6 a.m.

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 now
open in both directions. Columbia River Rd. is still closed. There are
several power poles down in the area, so it is critical for citizens
to stay out of the burn area if possible.

Donations to support firefighters are appreciated but, not necessary
at this time. If you would like to donate please contact your local
community to determine the need.

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

Apple Acres Fire at 5,880 acres, 45% contained

CHELAN - The Apple Acres Fire which started on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 7, at 11:25 a.m., on Apple Acres Road, near Antoine Creek Road, is 45% contained, and has burned 5,880 acres as of the latest report on Thurs., Sept. 10. The fire spread quickly due to strong winds and low relative humidity and is burning in grass, brush, and timber. Minimal fire activity with backing, creeping, and flanking is expected, with surface fire from limited burnout operations, and some single tree torching in interior islands.

Limited burnout operations will initially increase fire behavior by pulling together wildfire with burnout ignitions. Reduced fire behavior along firelines at the north and south ends of the fire will result. Unburned drainages will continue to burn out with single tree and group torching, limited surface fire and backing/flanking fire. All but the northwest corner and limited sections of the south end of the fire are in mop-up status.

Currently there are 133 personal on the fire with a projected containment date of Sept. 14.

Evacuations were reduced to Level 1 at 8 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 10. Rich Magnussen of Chelan County Dept. of Emergency Management asks, that unless you are a resident of the Cagle Gulch and Union Valley areas, that you not travel in those areas, so fire crews can do their work.

Residents can call (509) 670-5331 for American Red Cross assistance.

State fire assistance was mobilized under the Washington State Fire Services Resource Mobilization Plan in support of local firefighters working to contain the fire.  Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste authorized the mobilization of state firefighting resources on Sept. 7, at 4:15 p.m. at the request of Assistant Fire Chief Brandon Asher, Chelan County Fire District 7.
 

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