Wildfire near Omak grows to 1,800 acres, 10% contained


by KREM.com & Othello Richards


Posted on August 30, 2011 at 10:09 AM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 31 at 5:46 PM

OMAK, Wash. – A wildfire near Omak in Okanogan County continues to grow by hundreds of acres and is 10% contained Wednesday afternoon.

Firefighters started battling a wildfire in Salmon late Monday afternoon.

There are two air tankers and three helicopters supporting the dozens of firefighters on the ground.  

We're told two more air tankers have been ordered from Canada to help battle the fire.
Authorities say the fire is about 1,800 acres and 40 homes are threatened.

The Larger Incident Management team took over around 6:00 a.m. Wednesday.

Crews have placed fire line around the area.

Crews say they are pretty confident they can keep the fire in its current footprint as long as there are no major weather issues.

There will be a public meeting for the affected community Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. in the Commissioner’s Hearing Room in the Granger Building at 123 5th Avenue.

Officials say they are using a specialized fire line explosives team to blast around the fire line. 
The fire is burning timber and sagebrush in rugged terrain making it more difficult to fight.
People in two other homes along Green Lake Road received an evacuation order Tuesday afternoon but have been allowed back to their homes.  The fire burned right up to their back yard, but crews continue to protect those homes.

Officials say crews are working to get a fire line around the fire to keep it from spreading.

The cause the fire is unknown.