Oden Road fire grows to 10,000 acres


by KING5.com Associated Press


Posted on August 24, 2009 at 3:12 PM

Updated Monday, Jul 19 at 3:28 PM

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NEAR OKANOGAN, Wash. -- The Oden Road fire five miles west of Okanogan has grown to 10,258 acres.

Residents of about 100 homes in the Chiliwist Road area have been told to be ready to evacuate.

The fire grew about 100 acres overnight, and is about 30 percent contained.

Fire spokesman Dwight Robanske said 570 people are fighting the lightning-caused fire, which has destroyed two homes and one vacation home.

Highway 20 is closed to through traffic between Twisp and Okanogan due to fire on both sides of the road, including falling trees and rocks. It will remain closed until safety of travelers can be ensured.

A Level 2 Evacuation Notice remains in affect for the following roads accessed off of the closed portion of Highway 20: Pleasant Valley, Fox Mountain, Buzzard Lake, White Rock, Rock Lake, Leader Lake Roads. Residents in those areas are allowed to be in their homes, but need to be prepared to leave at a moment's notice if necessary.

An informational meeting will be held tonight at 7 p.m. at the Malott Improvement Club in Malott. Fire managers will be available to provide a fire update and answer questions from the public.

Dry Creek Fire Complex

The 48,000-acre Dry Creek Complex fire between Sunnyside and the Columbia River is 80 percent contained, and fire officials say full containment is expected tonight.

Fire managers say some crews will be sent home today and all remaining resources will be demobilized Tuesday morning.

There may be smoke visible inside the fire area for a few days.

Lightning sparked the Dry Creek Complex of fires on Thursday. The two fires that make up the complex burned together Friday night, driven by 40 mph winds.

Moxee cafe in 'no man's land' burns

On Friday, the fire destroyed the Silver Dollar Cafe at the intersection of State Routes 24 and 241 east of Moxee.

The owners of the restaurant told The Yakima Herald-Republic they wonder why none of the firefighters who were eating hamburgers at the Silver Dollar on Friday told them it was at risk.

A spokesman for fire managers, Dale Warriner, told newspaper the restaurant was in a "no man's land," not covered by any fire district.

A nearby mobile home where the owners, Rick and Martha Lounsbury of Terrace Heights, often spent the night also was destroyed.

Martha Lounsbury said she could see smoke from the wildfire but didn't feel threatened when she was serving about a dozen firefighters.