Wildfire evacuation in Okanogan County downgraded, still uncontained

31 July 2023

A fire in the northeast Okanogan part of Washington state forced some evacuations around State Route 97 near Oroville to spread to 10,000 acres with no containment.

People living in more than 700 properties around the town of Osoyoos were told to leave Saturday night due to what has become known as the Eagle Bluff Fire. The Washington State Department of Natural Resources said three primary structures and one secondary structure have been lost.

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#EagleBluffFire 2,500 acres just SW of Oroville in Okanogan County, fire pushing north to Canada. 15 aircraft on fire or inbound, Type 3 team ordered. Level 1&2 evac advisories, for more see incident page on https://t.co/W8IShjG5J2
First image from @Pano_AI #WaWILDFIRE pic.twitter.com/0vs1v16VpU

— Washington State DNR Wildfire (@waDNR_fire) July 30, 2023

The Okanogan County Sheriff’s office has evacuated area residences that were evaluated to be at risk due to fire behavior. These evacuation notices have now been lifted.

The Level 3 Evacuation Levels are being reduced to Level 2, ‘Be Ready to Evacuate.’

The fire has burned an estimated 10,000 acres as of 8 p.m. Sunday evening when Okanogan County Emergency Management (OCEM) gave an update on the blaze. It is 0% contained, but resources are arriving from out of the area and are doing a suppression strategy.

The Washington State Fire Marshell said that the Eagle Bluff Fire started on July 29, 2023, at approximately 2:03 p.m. Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste authorized the mobilization of state firefighting resources that evening.

The British Columbia Weather Service confirmed the Eagle Bluff Fire had crossed the international border from Washington State into Canada.

The fire cause is currently under investigation.

 

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