All evacuations lifted as crews make progress on Cold Springs Fire

OKANOGAN COUNTY, Wash. — All evacuations have been lifted for the Cold Springs Fire and crews expect to have it almost fully contained by Saturday evening.

The fire has burned 189,923 acres (roughly 296 square miles) between Omak and Mansfield.

Posted by Okanogan County Emergency Management on Tuesday, September 8, 2020

The Cold Springs Fire is burning timber, brush and sage. Multiple structures, including 78 primary residences and 60 secondary buildings, were lost and power companies continue work to repair over 700 power poles that were damaged or burned in the fire.

A toddler was killed in the fire and the boy’s parents were severely burned as they ran from the flames.

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Firefighters from Mt. Tolman Fire Center, several Okanogan County Fire Districts, the Department of Natural Resources and other agencies are all working to assist with suppression. As of Saturday, there were roughly 110 fire personnel battling the flames.

The Okanogan County Fairgrounds is open for livestock and has areas for RV campus. The Red Cross is also coordinating shelter for those who have been evacuated. Evacuees needing assistance can call 509-670-5331.

The Cold Springs Fire jumped the Columbia River and started the Pearl Hill Fire. The latest updates on that fire can be found here.