2019 History

Spring Coulee Fire
September 1, 2019

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Spring Coulee Fire Looking north

The Spring Coulee Fire started approximately at 4:00 pm, Sunday, September 1, 2019 just off B & O Road North between Fletcher Loop Road and Spring Coulee Road, south of Okanogan. The fire quickly spread to the north, staying between Fletcher Loop Road and Spring Coulee Road. Fire District #3 Omak, Okanogan and Malott, along with Fire District #7 Riverside, and Fire District #9 Conconully Rural were dispatched to the fire.

?DNR dispatched four Fire Boss aircraft, two from Omak and two from Deer Park, along with a helicopter from Omak. DNR also had six fire engines and a 20-person crew fighting the fire.?

At approximately 5:30 pm, after burning nearly 142 acres, the Spring Coulee Fire was contained and in mop-up stage.

?Assistant Chief Christian Johnson with Okanogan County Fire District #3 Okanogan, was badly burned  while engaging the fire, he was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle where he was placed in a medically-induced coma with 2nd and 3rd degree burns over 50-60% of his body and damage to his airway.?

The cause of the fire is being investigated by the Department of Natural Resources.
Swanson Mill Fire
July 3, 2019

Follow link for real time photos of Oneil Rd fire:
Make sure to click on the Aeneas Lookout camera.?

Incident Type: Wildfire
Cause: Under Investigation
Location: South of Swanson Mill Rd & East of O'neil Rd
Size: 281 Acres

July 4, 2019 Map

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Daily Information Sheet:

2019-07-03 6:00PM

Fire is knocked down but still active.
Swanson Mill road is Open.???????????????

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Swanson Mill road on the left.  Photo looking north east.
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Swanson Mill road on right.  Photo looking north.

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Swanson Mill road on bottom.  Photo looking south west.
2019-07-03 3:59PM

Name changed for the fire from Oneil Road Fire to Swanson Mill Fire.?
2019-07-03 3:25PM

Fire is south of Swanson Mill rd and east of Oneil rd; is estimated to be at200 acres and moving North.

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?2019-07-03 3:05PM

Road Closures:Oneil Rd and Swanson Mill Rd have been closed.?
2019-07-03 3:04PM


Due to the Oneil Rd fire PUD has lost internet services with NO ETA on repairs yet.

Power is still currently working.

If you lost power please contact PUD at 509-422-3310.?
First Update: 2019-07-03

AFire is burning near Oneil Rd, south of Oroville.

Persons should be aware of their surroundings and take action if needed.

Be cautious of emergency vehicles responding.

Do NOT wait for door to door notification, take action if needed.
2019 Burn Ban
Okanogan County Burn Ban has been

Date: September 18, 2019 at 12:01 AM

Fire Danger Areas MAP
Burn Ban Contacts

  • DNR: 800-323-BURN(2876)
  • USFS Tonasket Ranger Dist.: 509-486-2186
  • USFS Methow Valley Ranger Dist.: 509-996-4000
  • Local Fire: 509-422-7232
  • Colville Confederated Tribe: 509-634-3100
2019 Burn Ban LIFTED

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2019 Burn Ban Resolution

SR 97 Malott Fire

May 21, 2019

Location: SR 97 mile post 279 just north of Malott
Acreage: Approximately 40 acres
Cause: Unknown at this time
Responding agencies: Fire district #3 (Omak, Okanogan, Malott), Fire district #8, DNR, BIA, Law enforcement, & Life Line
3:36PM Update

Fire is in mop-up stage. DNR & BIA are still on scene.
Local fire units have started clearing the scene.
2:35PM Update

Fire is still active. Fire is burning on the east side of the Malott HUD housing and by SR 97.
10-12 MPH winds blowing from north to south.
All persons in HUD housing have been notified.
Fire district #3 (Omak, Okanogan, and Malott), Fire district #8, DNR, BIA, Law Enforcement, and Life Line are on scene.


A fire is burning near the area of SR 97 mile post 279 just north of Malott.

The fire is burning south towards Malott HUD housing.

Persons should be aware of their surroundings and take action if needed.

Be cautious of emergency vehicles responding.

Do not wait for door to door notifications! Take action if needed!

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Abie Lane Fire
May 12, 2019

Location: north of Ellisforde.?
Acreage: approximately 50 acres.
?Responding Agencies: DNR (ground crews and two helicopters and local Fire Departments (Tonasket, Oroville & Mt Hull) manned the fire.?

The Fire was 80% contained, with indirect dozer line around the whole fire at 5:13PM on Sunday evening (5/12/2019).

Photos sent in from DNR.

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SR 20 Slide
May 1, 2019

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2019-06-19 Update?

The Loup Loup pass (SR 20, MP-222) has fully re-OPENED both lanes of traffic.
2019-06-05 Update?

The Loup Loup pass (SR 20, MP-222) has re-opened.
Currently there is one-lane, signal controlled access in place as it was prior to the full closure.
DOT would like to thank you for your patience during the closure.
Construction is still in progress; motorist are asked to be cautious while travelling through the area.
2019-06-03 Update?

At 9 p.m. on Tuesday, June 4, SR 20 will reopen to one lane of signal-controlled traffic near Loup Loup Summit at the site of a washout in early May.

Repair work is ongoing for what is estimated to be a few more weeks so drivers should expect some delays through the work zone and be alert and safe around road workers.

2019-05-23 Update

?The contractor reached a point in the work that will require a full closure of the highway.

From 6:00AM Tuesday, May 28th until 9:00PM Tuesday, June 4th, the highway will be fully closed at milepost 222.4.

Westbound traffic from Okanogan toward Twisp will be detoured south along US 97; and eastbound traffic from Twisp toward Okanogan will be detoured south along SR 153.
2019-05-08 Update?

The current slide area is about a mile further east from where a series of slides closed 16 miles of SR 20 in April 2017, requiring almost four months to repair?

Traffic is open to ONE lane only, controlled by a traffic signal with barriers and cones in place. No vehicles more than 12 feet wide are permitted. At this time there is no estimate for when the second lane will be restored.?

An emergency contractor has been named to rebuild the hillside under the eastbound lane of SR 20. WSDOT's geotechnical engineers have designed a repair plan and Hurst Construction of East Wenatchee will begin mobilizing and could begin staging equipment as soon as the weekend of May 11.?

For now, the westbound lane remains stable with single-lane alternating traffic, including oversized load restrictions with no vehicles wider than 12 feet being permitted.?

There is no estimate for how long the repairs will take at this time.?



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