Propelled by gusting winds, a wildfire burning south of Okanogan forced several small-scale local evacuations and road closures in the area on Monday.
The fire consumed 2,000, burning along Highway 20, according to Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers. Burning mostly in sagebrush, the fire was whipped up by winds averaging at approximately 25 miles per hour with gusts up to 35.
Rogers confirmed two outbuildings have been lost. Fortunately no homes have been lost nor has anyone been injured.
The Okanogan PUD say the fire destroyed a transmission line structure, knocking out power to Twisp and Winthrop and other areas in the Methow Valley. They told people to be prepared for an outage of at least 12 hours.
There are other transmission structures that may have been damaged that they haven't been able to inspect.
There were some evacuations in the area, but were done on a local level on an as needed basis. There were large scale evacuations in place.
As of Tuesday morning, all roads are once again open to the public, and the fire is mostly put out.